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  • Day80

    Bangkok

    January 15 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    In Bangkok werd ich erst mal von einer warmen, tropischen Wand erschlagen. Die erste Nacht kann ich bei Kerstin im Hotel bleiben. Das hat sie mir noch in Myanmar angeboten und ich hab dankbar angenommen! Es ist eh schon abends und so haben wir uns nur noch im Pool etwas abgekühlt und waren was essen. Endlich wieder Thai-Essen!!! 😍😍 Darauf hab ich mich fast am meisten gefreut! Wir haben noch ein zwei Bier auf dem Rooftop getrunken und die ersten Stunden in dieser verrückten Stadt. Das Frühstücksbüffet am nächsten Morgen ist Luxus für mich! Aber den wahren Luxus für die nächsten Tage erreich ich kurze Zeit später. Im Millennium Hilton treff ich Stan und wir dürfen dank seiner Flugmeilen die nächsten Tage hier verbringen (OMG😱😍)! Ein riesiges Zimmer, vom Pool hat man besten Blick auf den Chao Phraya und der Blick von der Rooftopbar: unbezahlbar!! Und das nach drei Wochen backpacken in Myanmar... gut, dass wir beide schon in Bangkok waren. So können wir uns entspannt treiben lassen. Am ersten Tag sind wir noch auf dem Chatuchak Night Market gelandet. Ein riesiger Markt mit allem was man sich vorstellen kann! Hier kann man sich gut verlaufen. Gut, dass ich nicht allein da war... 😅 Der nächste Tag fing auch sehr dekadent an mit Frühstück direkt am Fluss. So kann’s weiter gehen! Ging es auch: nach einer kurzen Tempeltour in Bangkok mussten wir uns natürlich am Pool entspannen und dann war es Zeit für mein Geburtstagsgeschenk: gebührend reinfeiern in Bangkok! Nachdem wir im Hooters mit einem Bier ungefähr eine Stunde dem Treiben im Nana plaza (wer’s nicht kennt: googeln!) zugeschaut haben wurde ich ins „above eleven“ eingeladen. Eine schicke Rooftopbar über den Dächern von Bangkok. Mit dieser Aussicht haben wir uns Sushi und Gin Tonic schmecken lassen. Und als krönenden Abschluss: Schoko-Lava-Kuchen!!! 😋 Ich kann gar nicht genug schwärmen! Um noch die Zeit bis Mitternacht zu vertreiben ging es noch in eine echt kubanische Bar. Salsa, Cuba libre und eine Zigarre. Perfektes Kubafeeling! Wie passend... So kann man gut in seinen Geburtstag starten. Geburtstagsfrühstück natürlich wieder in dem schönen Kaffee am Fluss und dann war relaxen am Pool angesagt! Muss man ja ausnutzen, wenn man mal in Bangkok feiert. Irgendwann konnten wir uns dann wieder aufraffen. Abends wurde dann nochmal in einem Club gefeiert (das können die Asiaten auch deutlich besser als wir) und sogar Caro, die ich in Bagan kennengelernt hatte war noch mit dabei! One night in Bangkok.... ich würde bitte gerne jedes Jahr so feiern! Für unsere Erkältung waren die zwei Tage nicht so optimal, aber man hat ja nur einmal Geburtstag! Jetzt heißt es gesund werden für Neuseeland. Bangkok ist eine so verrückte Stadt! Hier muss gefeiert werden... ohne Rücksicht auf Verluste 😬!!!Read more

  • Day53

    Wow, already December

    December 1, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    We started December with a day of relaxation, and got some excellent German food here in town. So after a day of rest, we were off to the run with the Bangkok Monday Hash.

    BMH3 - My old friend Noriega teamed up with Boob-a-Lube to set a short but interesting trail in Onnut. Had a large pack of over 25, and the trail kept us guessing all the way. We crossed some of the most rickety wooden bridges, thought for sure one of us was going to take it down. Fortunatly all was well, and we all made it back safely.
    Good times. https://www.relive.cc/view/vPv4JR1Y436

    Tuesday is another day without a hash, so Jo went to yoga, and take care of some travel arrangements. I went to BNH for a medical check up. Well, the doctor gave me the once over, and all my vitals were good (BP was 114/66, and has stayed steady since the surgery). My heart sounded good, my lungs sounded good, but a chest x-ray revealed acute Bronchitis. So in less than two hours, I was in and out of BNH (outstanding service), I was out the door with 4 different medications (antibiotics) and told to rest and stay hydrated. Later that evening, we did go over to the Kiwi Bar to say farewell to Diarrhea,. He is flying back to Nottingham, England after a 7 week vacation here. We ran many great trails together.

    BH4 - Well, after two days of rest, I was feeling better, so foolishly I went to the Bangkok Ladies Hash to walk trail. I fell behind pretty quickly, and walked along with the older crew, until we hit a point where there were no more pack marks. So we lost trail, and eventually just found our own way to the finish. Probably should have stayed in bed, but like I said, I am a fool. :) I was feeling pretty tired after trail, so just came back and went to bed. https://www.relive.cc/view/vPOpWrowgEv

    I have been in bed most of the day today, only venturing out to turn in our laundry, and get some lunch. Had to make a difficult decision, as we were all set to fly to Seoul tomorrow to celebrate the 1000th Hash, and 20th Anniversary, of the Seoul Southside H3 (a hash that I founded back when I lived in Seoul). Very disappointing to miss it, but believe it is the best move to recover now, and not subject myself to the long flight, and the freezing cold air of South Korea. Jo will be going to the Bangkok Thursday H3, while I relax and watch a movie here in the hotel.

    On Friday, after two more days in bed, I finally felt good enough to go out. So we jumped into the Siam Sunday H3 Christmas Party at the last minute. Was a good time up on Soi 24, with about 70 hashers in attendance. I was still not drinking, and the soup was the only thing that looked good to me, but it was nice to talk to people for a while. Jo had a great time, enjoying my share of the booze as well.

    Saturday I took another whole day off, resting in bad, and watching movies. Feeling better now, with nearly a week of no alcohol while taking the antibiotics.
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  • Day60

    Seoul or Bust

    December 8, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Well, if you have been reading my previous posts, you already know that Seoul was a bust. Due to the bronchitis, had to wave off of flying up to the much colder Seoul for the weekend, in order to lay in bed and get well. Very dissapointed to miss the 20th Anniversary (and 1000th trail) of the Seoul Southside H3, but the wear and tare on my body may have crushed me. So stay in Bangkok, resting in bed, and getting healthy was the absolute right choice. Felt good enough to go out for trail.

    S2H3 - What an irony . . . as I was typing this, I just realized I missed my S2H3 (Seoul Southside H3) trail in Seoul, but got to run the S2H3 (Siam Sunday H3) trail in Bangkok. It was an interesting trail, off in another area I have not hashed in, at least as far as I know (many trails run here over the past 20 years). Driving in, we could see the start was next to a lake. As we pulled into the parking lot and got out of the car, there was a pungent odor. Upon closer examination, we could see dozens of fairly large dead fish floating along the shoreline. Seems something catastrophic happened. There were still birds floating on the water, and smaller fish still gasping for air swimming around. So some kind of pollution must have taken the air out of the water. Anyway, the trail was out in a different direction, and while it did have many odors of its own, we did not have to smell dead fish. Trail was an excellent jaunt through various rice fields, grass fields, and various other dirt paths that kept us guessing. We even got into a bit of mud running through a construction site, but mostly flat and dry treking as we made our way along. Back at the finish, darkness somehow damped the noxious stench of dead fish as we saw the new mismanagement take over the reigns of the hash. I was near dead last the whole way, but managed to finish trail within 10 minutes of the pack. Looking at the directions, seems we'll be on the same end of town for the Monday Hash. https://www.relive.cc/view/vrqodPV9nKv

    BMH3 - Another fabulous trail with the Bangkok Monday H3. The first check saw a half dozen hashers head off the wrong way, all either found their way back to start, or eventually worked their way back into trail further upstream. Trail was full of dirt tracks, along rice paddies and farmers fields. A couple tricky back checks had the whole pack twisted around, at one point, the FRBs had to make their way around the Octogenarians on trail. As darkness settled over the trail, the pack managed to stumble their way into the finish, where copious amounts of cold refreshments awaited. Many thanks to the hares . . . and FUN, was had by all. https://www.relive.cc/view/vZqNNLGdA3q

    Tuesday was an opportunity to scout for our trail next week (we're haring the Thursday Trail), so we spent couple hours going and coming, and a couple hours looking around, and have a pretty solid trail in mind. In the evening, I got the rare opportunity to run on Ibo Ibo's new Bangkok Tuesday H5 (third trail in 8 months). It turned out to be more fun than I expected. Was billed as a drinking hash, and it was, but we also ran over 6 Kms while hitting 5 bars along the way. Jo went to the regular Tuesday Hash dinner at the Kiwi, and we met up later in the evening for dinner. A little too much beer, but an excellent evening. https://www.relive.cc/view/v26M87WDGEO

    BH4 - As it turns out, the Bangkok Harriettes trail today was the exact same trail set for the Bangkok Men's Hash 10 days ago. With so many hashes going on every week, sometimes you have to maximize your efforts, and this one is no exception. It was still an excellent trail the second time around. https://www.relive.cc/view/vZqNNLmVj3q
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  • Day86

    Bangkok again

    November 25, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Back in Bangkok after a short flight from Vietnam. Our little apartmant is a bit outside of the city but has its own beautiful pool and a gym. A couple of times we went into downtown to see a temple, the "giant swing", camera shop and Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre which currently has an exhibition on LGBTQ. We could cook at home or buy our dinner from the local street food market. We had time for dying Vera's hair to PINK and Tom to take photos. Lovely relaxing days mostly by or in the pool.Read more

  • Day3

    Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market

    February 15 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Ein Morgenspaziergang brachte uns heute vorbei an kleinen Werkstätten und Garagen zum Bang Nam Pier, um mit der Fähre überzusetzen. Dort liehen wir uns Fahrräder aus und los ging die Fahrt durch die Natur zum Schwimmenden Markt. Hier erwarteten uns viele Farben, Gerüche und Geschmäcker. Ich war begeistert meine lang ersehenten Früchte wie zB die Jack Fruit auf dem Foto essen zu können.Read more

  • Day3

    Radtour

    February 15 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Mit dem Fahrrad erkundeten wir die grüne Gegend am Kanal entlang
    Wieder einmal unglaublich, wie einfach die Menschen hier leben in ihrem Müll.
    Als Dankeschön für die Rückgabe der Fahrräder haben wir noch 2 Kokosnüsse geschenkt bekommen zur Erfrischung.Read more

  • Day19

    Spaghetti Bolognese

    November 16, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Unseren letzten Ferientag in Thailand verbringen wir gemütlich bei Beat Zuhause. Zum Abendessen macht uns Beat Spaghetti Bolognese. Danach werden wir, welche Überraschung, vom bayrisch sprechenden Reiseleiter Max abgeholt und zum Flughafen gebracht und unsere Heimreise beginnt.Read more

  • Day5

    Jungle Bike Tour #3

    February 11, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Nun ging es weiter und es wurde auch Zeit für eine Mittagspause. Erst durften wir aber die Fische im Teich füttern, bis es für uns alle Phad Thai gab. *Ich liebe es* 😍. Wir hatten dann sogar noch genug Zeit einen Floating Market zu besuchen und haben hier auch das eine oder andere Unbekannte probiert. 😃
    Danach ging es wieder zurück und mit dem Boot wieder ans andere Ufer. So langsam waren wir auch von der Sonne verbrutzelt und der Nacken brannte. Der Nacken war aber nicht das einzige was ein wenig schmerzte nach zwei Tagen radeln. 😋
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