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Oct 1, 2018 - Train day, and my amazing family
Yesterday we ended up just taking as a rest day. Anna had some sniffles, probably from the abundance of blooming Jasmine in Bangkok. We we're a bit tired as well. Today was off to Phrae. In order to get there we took the train. So first we had to get to the train station. We wanted to save a few baht so we opted to take the MRT to the train. So, that required us to carry all of our luggage downstairs, down the block. Up and Over the bridge that crosses the intersection. And down all the way into the subway station. Everyone took part....Jump to full entry
Sep 29, 2018 - How do you improve on a day at the branch?
This one will be fairly short. I promise! When you go somewhere new for the first time. It's a little scary. How will you be treated? Will you fit in? Or stand out because you don't belong? The day started early. We all woke up about 5 AM. Not on purpose, but we're still trying to get our clocks normal. It takes about 2 weeks most say. So we came up with the idea of taking the bus to the City bus to the Convention. It would save us money for the cab... I know the cabsnonly about $3-4. But still. We looked up the address. Thought we found...Jump to full entry
Sep 28, 2018 - The best day yet!
Remember me saying I thought I got milk? Well, this morning Emily all confidently decided to make her a bowl of cereal. She poors her cocoa frosted flake, and poors her milk, and starts to eat. "This milk tastes like yougert." A few minutes later, "Daddy, I don't like this milk." Maybe I saw the date wrong. They write them backwards over here. Jenny picks it up to look at the label. And she says fermented milk formula? What did you get? It said 2% on it... Oops, later in the day oops who left that over the sink so it would spill down the...Jump to full entry
Sep 27, 2018 - Not quite as planned, but worked out ok
Today things didn't quite go as planned. We actually woke up about 7. Opened up the curtain and enjoyed the glow coming in the window. We also had our first house guest. I wasn't fast enough to get a picture of him. But it was a small lizard that we think found a small hole behind the air conditioning unit. He kinda peeked in and said hello, then off he went. We had not really officially planned anything, though we thought we might go to visit the branch. We walked over to 7-11 for caffeine. Then decided to check out a few blocks further to...Jump to full entry
Sep 26, 2018 - Thailand at last
Our stay in NYC was short but pleasent.I think we stayed in the perfect spot between La Guardia and Newark. After our waffles in the complimentary breakfast we loaded up and took an uber to Newark for our international flight. He was probably the best uber driver we ever gotten. He even laughed at my joke as we were going through then tunnel. Do you know why New Yorkers are always in a bad mood? Then light at the end of the tunnel is New Jersey. Though actually I found the people to be quite friendly this time. Maybe the two little girls...Jump to full entry
Jun 29, 2018 - Day 35 - Homeward bound
Today we did a little 2 hour long boat trip up the River Chaophraya. Was very interesting and left us amazed how people live. Poor vs wealthy. Well it’s our last night in Bangkok before we fly back to Sydney tomorrow evening. We’ve had an amazing few weeks away - I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog. Some of it may not make sense as I made a point of writing it every night (basically because I’d forget what we did the previous day :-| ) and I’m pretty tired at the end of the day. Cheerio5Jump to full entry
Jun 28, 2018 - Day 34
We went on a big adventure today to a place called Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World heritage site full of temple ruins. It was a 2 hour train trip (3rd class with the locals :) from Bangkok in 30 degree heat with 84% humidity. Phew. Worth it though. We hired bikes when we got there and just rode around the different sites then jumped back on the train to Bangkok. Am just adding this in for my records if anyone ever wants to go there as it’s a bit of a hike.... . From the Ratchaprasong (downtown) area catch the BTS (Skytrain) from Chit Lom to Mo...Jump to full entry
Jun 27, 2018 - Day 33 - have skipped a day in transit.......
We flew 11 hours to Bangkok landing at 5.00pm. We went out this evening for a wander around. Have to say the centre of town has really been cleaned up since we were here 2 years ago. Streets are (reasonably) clean, no beggars and no street food stalls. We went out for a bite to eat tonight to a street food market which was really well organised and clean.Jump to full entry
Apr 4, 2018 - Lessons learned
We have now been home for a few days, and it's a good time to look back and think about what we learned on this trip, and to offer some tips for overseas travel. 1. The news media doesn't tell you everything about what's really going on in other countries (does it even tell us what's going on here?) 2. Road Scholar trips have great guides, the people are interesting and there is no tipping; we highly recommend them 3. It is useful to learn a couple of phrases in the language of the country you are visiting. I would recommend knowing how to...Jump to full entry
Mar 30, 2018 - "One night in Bangkok"
On Thursday March 29, we had an early afternoon flight from Luang Prabang, Laos to Bangkok, Thailand. The airport terminal in Laos is only 2 years old, but it looks like they didn't bother purchasing any new stuff for the inside - the chairs were old and several were broken. Fortunately, we didn't have to hang out there too long. The two hour flight was uneventful, and we even had a decent snack. Two of us thought that the main protein was fish and one thought it was chicken. None of us has gotten sick, so we will never know. At the Bangkok...Jump to full entry
Mar 21, 2018 - Bangkok Thailand
History: Historic Siam of old, Bangkok is beautifully set on the Chao Phraya river. Thai culture is rich and engaging in this bustling center, where modern skyscrapers rub elbows with century old Buddhist wats or temples. The towering Wat Arun, named for the god of the rising sun, stands dramatically on the rivers bank. At the city’s traditional floating markets merchants sell all manner of local produce, from mango and dragon fruit to sticky rice. Okay very nice and interesting city but how many Buddha’s and temples can you have and PS the...Jump to full entry
Feb 25, 2018 - Thai field notes
Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. The King is revered as a near diety. It is illegal to insult the royalty, a fact that makes political manipulation and oppression easy to do by the well connected. The Army has been in charge since it ousted the Prime Minister in a 2014 coup. The motto on Army headquarters is "Country, Religions, Monarchy, People." Thailand supposedly has one of the world's lowest unemployment rates at less than 1%. The data is open to question. Buddhism is mixed with ancient spiritual belief and practice. Our group...Jump to full entry