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    • Day4

      Bangkok Tag 2

      December 14, 2021 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Christian
      Paukenschlag und Heilix Blechle!

      Tja, was soll ich sagen? Gestern abends kam die Nachricht, dass mein PCR-Test lupenrein negativ ausgefallen ist, ich also für die Öffentlichkeit freigegeben wurde.

      Ulrikes Testergebnis war hingegen positiv - mit der Folge, dass sie gestern für die Nacht zumindest erst einmal in ein separates Zimmer auf der 19. Etage umziehen durfte. Unsere Stimmung war dementsprechend.......

      Ihr Fall ist offenbar besonders, denn sie ist zweimal geimpft, erfuhr einen Corona-Durchbruch, nach Ende der diesbezüglichen amtlichen Quarantäne absolvierte sie zwei negative Tests und nun dies! Jedenfalls wird sie soeben ins Krankenhaus zum Durchchecken und zu weiterer Konsultation mit Ärzten verfrachtet. Man gönnt sich ja sonst nichts!

      Ich hocke derweil auf unserem ursprünglichen Zimmer und werde jetzt gleich hinausgehen, um uns zumindest erst einmal mit SIM-Karten eines lokalen Telefonanbieters zu versorgen. Ohne Telefon ist man ja nur ein halber Mensch heutzutage.

      Zwischenmeldung von Ulrike: Sie fühlt sich im Krankenhaus bestens betreut und ernstgenommen. Ihre Fallkonstellation ist bislang wohl beispiellos - damit wird sie ein Fall für die Wissenschaft. Die Thais sind völlig aus dem Häuschen - incl. Einschaltung allerhöchster Gesundheitsbehörden. Ich allerdings glaube, sie will sich nur wichtig machen.....🧐🧐😆
      Jedenfalls haben sie ihr nun Blut abgezapft und führen einen Antikörpertest durch. Das Ergebnis soll innert einer Stunde vorliegen, und wahrscheinlich kann sie dann doch von Amts wegen freigeschaltet werden.

      Da ich ja etwas Zeit habe, kann ich einiges zur Sprache der Thai erzählen.
      Der gestern erwähnte Flughafen Suvarnabhumi wird ohne das letzte I ausgesprochen. Der 2016 im hohen Alter von 90 Jahren verstorbene vielgeliebte König Bhumipol Aduljadey spricht sich "Bumipon Adunjedet".

      Im Gegensatz zu den meisten europäischen Sprachen ist Thai, wie auch die Sprachen der Nachbarländer (außer dem Khmer), eine sogenannte Tonsprache: die meist einsilbigen Wörter erlangen durch Aussprache in unterschiedlichen Tonhöhen und Tonverläufen gänzlich unterschiedliche Bedeutungen. In der Aussprache gibt es fünf verschiedene Tonvarianten.
      Thai wird mit einem eigenen Alphabet geschrieben.

      Im Gegensatz zu den Schrift- und Ausspracheregeln weist die Grundgrammatik des Thai eine sehr geringe Komplexität auf. Thai ist eine isolierende Sprache, das heißt, es gibt keine Flexionen (Wortveränderungen), also Konjugation, Deklination. Es gibt ebenso keine Artikel. Komplexer als in den westlichen Sprachen sind die Systeme der Zählwörter und der Anredeformen (Personalpronomen und Titel).
      Sätze werden noch strikter als im Englischen in der Abfolge Subjekt–Prädikat–Objekt gebildet.

      Der Plural von Substantiven wird mit Hilfe von Partikeln geformt, den so genannten Zählwörtern oder Klassifikatoren. Es gibt etwa dreißig solcher Partikeln, die je nach Grundwort angewandt werden.

      Einige Beispiele:

      [kʰon] คน – Zählwort für Menschen (gleichzeitig bedeutet es aber auch das Wort „Mensch“ selbst):

      [kʰon] คน = Mensch

      [kʰon sɔ̌ːŋ kʰon] คนสองคน = Mensch zwei Menschen = zwei Menschen

      [dèk jǐŋ sìp kʰon] เด็กหญิงสิบคน = Kind weiblich 10 Menschen = 10 Mädchen

      [tuːa] ตัว (wörtlich: Körper) – Zählwort für Tiere, Kleidungsstücke, Möbel:

      [máː laːj hòk tuːa] ม้าลายหกตัว = Zebra sechs Tiere = sechs Zebras

      [kaːŋkeːŋ sǎːm tuːa] กางเกงสามตัว = Hose drei Kleidungsstücke = drei Hosen

      [lam] ลำ (wörtlich: Stamm, Rumpf) – Zählwort für lange, röhrenförmige Gegenstände:

      [kʰrɯ̂ːaŋ bin sɔ̌ːŋ lam] เครื่องบินสองลำ = Flugzeug zwei Röhren = zwei Flugzeuge

      Abschließend zwei Nachtaufnahmen
      Das abgedroschene "One Night in Bangkok" aus dem Musical "Chess" mochte ich hier nicht zitieren, zumal das Generalthema absolut nicht paßt.....
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      Traveler

      Drücke die Daumen, dass ihr baldiger nächster PCR-Test negativ ist!

      12/14/21Reply
      Orthoklas on tour

      Danke - wie auch immer : die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt!

      12/14/21Reply
      Ulrike Strobel

      Ich melde mich mal aus dem Hospital. Alle sind extrem freundlich und bemüht. Der Grenzwert ist nur minimal unterschritten. Insofern besteht große Hoffnung auch beim hiesigen Arzt, dass der nächste Test negativ ausfällt. Daumen drücken ausdrücklich erwünscht, vielen Dank dafür ❤

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    • Day8

      Bangkok Tag 6 - 4

      December 18, 2021 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Während sich Christian nach unserem Besuch beim Schneider noch etwas im Einkaufszentrum herumgetrieben hat, habe ich mir ein Verwöhnprogramm gegönnt. Für den wahnsinnigen Preis von 18 Euro gab es eine halbstündige Fussmassage, eine halbe Stunde Handmassage und 20 Minuten Schulter-Nackenmassage. Gerade letztere zeigte mir deutlich die Folgen von 21 Monaten Home Office auf 😢

      Insgesamt war es ein Hochgenuss, der unbedingt nach Wiederholung schreit. Bevor die Behandlung begann, wurde übrigens noch ein Antigentest gemacht. Danach gab es zur Erfrischung ein kaltes Tuch und ein kaltes Getränk. Zum Abschluss dann noch eine Tasse Tee und eine Süßigkeit. Der Laden heißt Lets Relax und der Name ist hier Programm:)

      Die Bilder habe ich gerade in der Lobby des Hotels aufgenommen. Die Weihnachtsdeko ist hier angenehm zurückhaltend. Die beleuchtete Schneemannfamilie schmückt den Vorfahrtbereich vor dem Haupteingang.

      Ich werde dieser Tage nochmal eine Tour an verschiedenen Malls in der Stadt entlang machen und versuchen, die Deko einzufangen. Generell gilt in Thailand: je bunter und lauter, desto besser.
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      Ja, ja.♦Die Weihnachtsdeko ist hier angenehm zurückhaltend♦ Von wegenツ

      12/18/21Reply
      Orthoklas on tour

      Haste denn Vergleichswerte?

      12/18/21Reply
      Traveler

      Na sieht man doch. Ist doch ganz klar.ツ

      12/19/21Reply
      Traveler

      In Ägypten war die Deko auch so üppig.

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    • Day33

      Bangkok Tag 31 - 3

      January 12 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Angepaßt an den Versammlungsort 5Sterne-Hotel war das Essen zwar von guter Qualität und schmackhaft, jedoch im Großen und Ganzen sehr übersichtlich, was die Portionierung betraf...... 😳😳

      Sintemalen noch nachträglich Fragen zu den ausgetauschten bzw. überreichten Dingen auftauchten, habe ich den erhaltenen Clubwimpel und die gerahmte Dankesurkunde zusätzlich fotografisch dokumentiert.
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      Was war das für ein Bild oder Urkunde im Rahmen?

      1/14/22Reply
      Ulrike Strobel

      Ein Dankeschön für mich als Vortragende des Abends. Sowas kennen wir bei uns im Club nicht, da gibt es vielleicht mal ne Flasche Wein oder so...

      1/14/22Reply
      Traveler

      Herrenklub?

      1/14/22Reply
      Orthoklas on tour

      nö, waren auch Frauen dabei, wenn auch wenige

      1/14/22Reply
      Ulrike Strobel

      Nein, auch Damen, die aber sehr unterrepräsentiert waren an diesem Abend. Es sind ja alles Expats, und da sind die Männer einfach in der Überzahl. Aber ich habe quasi einen Beratungstag draus gemacht bei den vielen Einzelfragen, die mir im Anschluss noch gestellt wurden

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    • Day5

      Spa treatments and Chinatown (again)

      November 2 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

      This morning the Morning market Motorcycles woke me up around 5. I had fallen asleep the night before writing about my food tour, and wanted to finish it before my day started. I finished it up and feel back asleep. I woke up again and it was 11:30 am. It felt soooo good to sleep in.
      I had Spa treatments scheduled for 3pm at a really nice hotel called Shanghai Mansion in Chinatown. I had discovered this place on line last year and liked that it was a good hotel right in the middle of Yaowarat Rd (The main road that runs through the middle of Chinatown. - It has been referred to as “a dragon, who curves it’s way through the heart of Chinatown”.)
      I had originally made reservations to stay at Shanghai Mansion for the week, but then found my airB&B in a different neighborhood and changed my mind.
      Funny enough, I later learned it was home to one of the best spas in the city, AND was also the meeting place for our food tour last night.
      1st off, I got a GRAB (Asia’s version of UBER) to pick me up and take me to the hotel for my spa appt. I hadn’t used them yet and it was quick and inexpensive. It was a young woman driver, which I thought was cool, and she managed the chaotic traffic like a pro.
      I had booked this spa treatment on line and it was a bundle for 3 1/2 hours. It consisted of a salt scrub (60 min), head to toe massage (90 min) facial (60 min).
      Normally in the States, I go to a massage school. A good massage at a “good quality” place runs about $100 an hour, right? So at one of the best spas in Bangkok, at this 4 star hotel, I paid $125 (including a generous tip) for 3 1/2 hours. And it was amazing.
      After it was over, I needed to change a large Thai bill (1,000 baht ). I thought maybe since I had spent all afternoon in their spa, the concierge might be able to help me. Yep, they scrambled to get me smaller bills and I was good to go.
      Now this hotel is in the MIDDLE of the bustling chaotic food stall Heaven on Yaowarat road. You literally step out of the hotel into the thick of it.
      I knew exactly where I wanted to go 1st. We had gone there last night on the food tour and I have seen it on YouTube videos. This guy makes these light crisp doughnuts. He rolls the dough, cuts them into small strips and fries them right there. But the piece de resistance is the sauce that comes with them. It’s a Pandan custard. Remember, pandan is considered the “ vanilla of SE Asia” and the taste is “grassy with nuttiness and vanilla verging on Coconut”. And, I forgot to mention this last night, this guy has earned a Michelin Star!
      So I made a bee line for that guy. And it was even better the 2nd time. Since I had been there last night, I knew there was a mango lady around the corner. So as I did so, I ran into my tour guide Tom from last night! He was with a tour group doing his thing. I called out to him, waved like an idiot, held up the bag of doughnuts and told him I had come back. Then told the group he was with he was the best guide in the city and they made the right choice. A little bit later on that evening, I ran into him again after his tour was done, and he asked me about the rest of my trip. He said it sounded like I hade made good choices and that I was going to love the places I was headed to.
      So the sheer volume of food vendors on this road is astounding. I discovered they have side streets of the main drag where it’s a bit quieter and you can actually sit and eat. Vendors all have these small tables and small plastic stools you sit on. So I found a nice lady who was makes bowls of noodles, wontons and pork in broth for 60 baht ( $ 1.53 USD) and she gesture me to sit down while she was getting it. She gestured towards the forks, and it felt good to grab the chopsticks instead. I had been eating all of my wontons, stir fries, dumplings, and such at home with chopsticks for the last 8 months. I wanted to get comfortable so when I got here I’d be comfortable. And it paid off. I had my Anthony Bourdain moment. Sitting on a small plastic stool in Asia, eating local, like a local (well, it was kinda touristy, but you have to start somewhere). And I felt comfortable. Comfortable being alone, comfortable being a woman alone. It was a good moment.
      The one thing I have brought the most of one this trip are individually wrapped Wet Ones. Since I’m taking so much public transportation and eating street food, I’m well aware of the importance of washing my hands. Also, wiping down utensils if they are not disposable. And I just remembered, I bought (and brought with me) a travel set of utensils including chopsticks. 🤦‍♀️ Yeah, it might help if I put it in my bag and took it with me.
      So I walked down the other side of the road for a bit. It was the most Westerners I had seen in one place since I got here. Lots of Australians, Eastern Europeans, French and Dutch. Interesting people watching for sure. I found a lady who was selling mango sticky rice, got some and headed for the metro and home. I had worn my Keene “Whispers” and hadn’t planned on taking public transport home. The metro (MRT) has very long stretches to walk and my feet were feeling it by the time I got home. But those shoes are wide, they let my feet breathe, and most importantly, my toes are covered. So they were definitely a good choice to bring.
      Interestingly enough, not one person has yet to ask me if I’m traveling alone. No one on the tour, or my guide, or the ladies at the Spas. That may change, and I have a cheap gold band to wear on my left hand if I feel it to be necessary. But so far I haven’t. ❤️
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      WOW❣️A Michelin star ⭐️ on the streets of Bangkok…and you found him! I say you get a star too.⭐️

      Traveler

      ⭐️⭐️⭐️

      Traveler

      I have seen Anthony Bourdain sitting on these exact same stools❣️🤩

      Traveler

      Me too. He inspired so many to travel.

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    • Day5

      Bangkok 3.0

      March 2 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      Heute war unser 3. Tag in Bangkok. Zuerst haben wir in der süßen Straße gefrühstückt, wo das Hotel von Sandra's und Flo's erster Thailandreise war.
      Dann haben wir uns mit dem Boot auf den Weg zum Wat Arun gemacht. Dieser Tempel hat uns sehr beeindruckt, da er sehr mühevoll bis ins kleinste Detail gestaltet ist. Der Tempel hatte außerdem eine richtig schön gepflegte und geschmückte Gartenanlage. Beim Tempel haben wir uns auch noch ein Kleid und eine Hose gekauft, was wir beides zusammen von 650 auf 450 runtergehandelt und somit ein richtiges Schnäppchen gemacht haben.💪
      Dann haben wir unseren ersten großen, so richtig typischen Markt in Bangkok erlebt. Dort gab es so viele bunte Gewürze und es hat richtig lecker geduftet. Eine der Frühlingsrollenverkäuferinnen hat mit uns das Geschäft ihres Lebens gemacht. Die Frühlingsrollen waren so lecker, dass wir zweimal ihren Stand leer gekauft haben. 
      Anschließend sind wir einen guten Kilometer eine Brücke entlanglaufen, die im Lumpinhi Park gestartet hat und auf der man eine tolle Mischung aus Grün und Skyline hatte.
      Zur Abkühlung gab es dann eiskaltes Obst und nach einem kurzen Stopp im Hotel, sind wir gleich wieder los zum "Tetris Turm".
      Dort sind wir mit dem Aufzug (der eine richtig coole Animation hatte) in den 74. Stock gefahren. Von dort hatten wir eine ziemlich krasse 360° Sicht über Bangkok bei Nacht. Dann waren wir nocheinmal bei dem Straßenlokal im modernen Teil Bangkoks als Abschiedsessen, weil die anderen Beiden nämlich in der Früh wieder heimfliegen müssen...:( Wir sind sehr dankbar, dass die Beiden uns den Einstieg hier so erleichtert haben und sind jetzt sogar bisschen aufgeregt, weil wir ab jetzt auf uns allein gestellt sind. Auf dem Hotel haben wir dann unseren Flug und unser Hotel für den nächsten Stopp Ende der Woche gebucht. Ihr könnt gespannt sein, wo es für uns als Nächstes hingeht...🤔
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      Wir sind total gespannt, wo Ihr als nächstes hinfahrt! Viel Spaß!

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    • Day3

      Reizüberfluetig

      October 30 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Am 2. Tag in Bangkok si es paar vo üs am Morge früeh ga dr Königspalast besichtige. D Michelle und Kelly heine scho mau gseh u si drum ned mitcho.
      Drna heimer üs mit ihne bim Wat Pho Tempel troffe und si dä zäme ga aluege. Zum Zmittag hets riis, curry u gmües gä - es isch wahnsinnig fein gsih!

      Früsch gstärkt heimernis ufd Suechi nachem Hop-On Hop-Off Bus gmacht womer im Internet hei gfunde. Zum Glück heimernis vorhär gsterkt will mir si 40 minute gloffe u hei drna no 20 minute ir sunne gwartet bis dä Bus du de ändlech isch cho. Mir hei vorallem Stou gseh abr es isch glich e guete Wäg gsih zum i üsere churze Zyt dert viil vor Stadt zgseh.

      Zrugg im Hotel heimer no e churze Schwumm gno bevor mer üs hei zwäggmacht zum ga Znachtässe.

      Nachem Znacht heimers üs natürlech nid chöne la entgah no bir Khao San Road verbi zluege. Di Strass wo vor allem füre Tourismus isch, isch voll mit Bars u Verchöifer wo eim vo frittierte Skorpione übers Lachgas und Chüble voll Drinks bis zu lüchtende Haarreife alles hei welle adräie.
      Alles in allem isch di Strass rächt e Reizüberfluetig gsih abr ds isch öppis wo mu eis im Läbe mues gseh ha.
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      ‚Have a lucky day!‘ 😁

      Traveler

      merci glichfaus😊

      Traveler

      Gset lecker us !😋

      Traveler

      Ja am feine Ässä hetsnis nid gfäut bis izze

       
    • Day247

      Our last day together

      November 23 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 86 °F

      After 247 days, today was the last full day Jordan and I have together on this trip. Sadly, tomorrow (Thanksgiving day) we part ways. I’m heading back to the states, and she is continuing her adventures solo.

      We flew from Cambodia back to Thailand today. Bangkok seems to be a major hub for SE Asia and all flights seem to go thru here.

      We had a fun time - went back to Chinatown to enjoy the wonderful street food and then I headed to the mall. Jordan won’t be with the family for Christmas this year (for the first time ever) and after I leave her tomorrow, it will be close to impossible to send her anything - so, I went Christmas shopping!! Now she’ll have a few gifts Christmas day to open from the family.

      It was much more fun than I expected. Bangkok is all decked out for Christmas and to my surprise, the mall was playing tons of Christmas music (in English) as I shopped. Really made it special and got me in the mood for the holidays. I was even able to find a place where they were doing gift wrapping. Not quite as nice as I would have done at home, but it will do! ❤️

      5.6 miles
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      Traveler

      It's been a long trip. Give her a hug for me!!

      Christie Mitchell

      I will!!

      Traveler

      Safe travels to you both! ♥️

      Traveler

      Christie - Thank you for letting us travel with you and Jordan. It’s been beautiful. (And yes, you ARE brave, strong and smart!) Wishing the two of you safe travels as you physically part ways but stay connected in your hearts. Happy Thanksgiving.

       
    • Day19

      Motorbikes and Movie theatres

      November 16 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 88 °F

      So I was awakened by a light knock at my door this morning. It was my breakfast. I had an omelet, some toast and coffee. It was delicious. My movie doesn’t start today until 3:30 which has given me plenty of time this morning. I found a cool store a few blocks down, and I wanted to get a few things. The neighborhood is really cute. More touristy, than my 1st neighborhood I was in. Lol, I really threw myself into the deep end on that one.
      So I took my stuff back to the hotel and went back out on the street to hail a GRAB. I waited a minute or 2, as I’m watching the Grab, come closer. Then a motorbike pulls up and asks if I want a taxi. I say no, that I’ve ordered Grab. He’s says, yea. I ask him if he’s grab and he says yea. I then tell him I’ve ordered a car, and show him my phone. (Hindsight, I shouldn’t have done that. ) He says, yeah, Siam Paragon. Which is where I’m going. So I said so you are with Grab, and I don’t have to pay anything because I’ve paid it with Grab right? He said Yea.
      So a few things here. I’ve really wanted to take a GRAB motorbike through the city and haven’t had the nerve. I was dying too. So he hands me a helmet, I jump on and we take off. It’s about a 15 minute bike ride, and it was a blast. Once I settled my feet right, I felt more comfortable. He was nice, asked where I was from, I told him the truth. He asked if I was here by myself, I said I was (I figured, it wasn’t a car, and if I got in trouble I could jump off at the next light,) He said, “I can come home with you and drive motorbikes?” We both laughed. The bikes can really get around the city much better than cars can and it was fun.
      So he gets to the mall, and I thank him, and he says, “Wait. You have to pay me”. And I said, remember when you said you were with Grab? Remember?” He goes, Yea. Lol, all of a sudden he’s back to basic English. I said “You told me you were with Grab, that’s why I got on. You know that. I know you know that”. I didn’t raise my voice, I didn’t get mad, but I let him know that I knew he was scamming me. So I said, how much? And he says 450 baht. Well, on Grab it’s only 87 baht for the trip I took, and 137 baht in a grab car. I only has about 200 baht on me, and told him so. I gave him 180 (which ends up being $5.21) which is fine. He got more money out of me than normal and I let him know I was on to him. So whatever, it ended up fine.
      I had been reading up before I left about scams that involve the taxis. (not Grab, but the city ones) They quote you one price and then as the trip continues, they quote you more. And it’s not about trying to nickel and dime someone, it’s the point that they are not being fair or trustworthy and they have earned a bad reputation for it. And then, locals use them and they do the same thing to them. So there is a big movement in the city to hold these guys accountable, within the local community.
      That’s why I’ve been taking Grab, you don’t have to deal with that. And if I had wanted to use this guy on the motorcycle, I would have negotiated a price before I got on. And I wouldn’t have gotten on for 450 baht. But it was my mistake to not delve a bit deeper before I got on. But it was the middle of the day, and I knew where we were going and what the way there looked like. . But, that’s how you learn. And that’s the thing about it here. They don’t rob you at gunpoint, they waste your time to get more money out of you. But, Grab didn’t charge me for the car trip I had ordered, and I had a really good teachable moment. . 🤷🏻‍♀️
      I figured something would happen at least once, and there it was. I still had a blast on the back of the bike going through the streets on Bangkok.
      So I had a great little Vietnamese lunch at this mall I was at. It was huge. And one floor was a food hall and it was massive! And packed. On a Wednesday!
      It looked most like tourists and high school kids.
      So I go in to the movie theater, and the one I chose was listed under the “Top 10 best VIP movie theaters in Bangkok” by a Bangkok magazine. It was called the “Honda Ultimate” (they must sponsor it?) and all the seats were squishy recliners with a pillow and a blanket. With my ticket I got 2 free snacks and a drink. So I got Hagen-Das chocolate ice cream, (just the individual cup), popcorn and a coke. So the movie starts and they bring it to me.
      Well, 1st of all, I’m the only one in the theater which was great. So I go for the ice cream 1st. I take the top off, and then try to take the paper lining between the top and the ice cream off, and I can’t. I’m chewing on it, trying to stab it with my wooden spoon, thinking am I going to have to get up and go find someone to open this for me? Finally I get it open, but have you tried to eat ice cream with a wooden flat spoon in the dark lately? I had this image of me flinging it everywhere and getting it all over this nice blanket I had been provided. (The pillow and blanket were sealed in a bag, so I figure they are sanitized, which is really nice.)
      So I safely finished the ice cream and settled in for this great movie with popcorn and a comfy blanket. It is definitely the way to see a movie. But even some movie theatre in the states have the recliners, and it’s really nice. One thing about this theatre is you had more space between seats. Again, it’s all about space.
      So as the movie was finishing, I started thinking about how I was going to get back to the hotel. The experience with the motorcycle taxi unnerved me a bit and I was irritated that I had let that happen. And then I realized, there is NO WAY I could let that be my last experience with local transportation on this trip. I was going to have to get a Grab motorbike taxi for the ride home. So after the movie finished, I went out to the entrance, and got me a Grab motorbike taxi. And he said my name, and had a green GRAB jacket on. So I got on and we took off. It was a beautiful night, the streets were busy and I had a blast riding on the back of that thing through the streets of Bangkok. And he got me back to my drop off point, and I gave him a huge tip on the app afterward. He helped me set getting a motorbike taxi right. And he had no clue. 😆
      So tomorrow check out is 11 and my car service picks me up at 11:30. There a big summit (I think it’s APEC- Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) going on this week here, and roads are closed and the metro has certain lines that are closed, so I’m just going to get to the airport early and hang out in the lounge and read.
      I really like the vibe of Bangkok. I like Thailand more than I liked what I saw of Malaysia. Next time, I’d like to see a bit more of Penang, and they say Malaysia has really amazing beaches.
      I just felt more comfortable in Thailand. Now the house in Penang wins hands down. And the host and I really enjoyed chatting back and forth. But overall, I found I was happy when I got back to Bangkok. It’s an easy city to get around, there is plenty of public transportation, and lots to see and do. And I barely scratched the surface. There is a rhythm here. It’s a swirling, chaotic , layered, deep, historic wave of energy that works. There is definitely and order to the chaos. Everyone does the dance and it works. With the traffic especially, it flows.
      I didn’t get a feel for Penang’s flow. The traffic seemed much more dangerous, chaotic, jerky, unsettling. Like everyone had a car, but couldn’t drive very well. Again, maybe getting out of Georgetown next time. We will see.
      But in that house, in the evening, when it was raining, I felt the magic of Penang. The rain hitting the tin roofs, all the beautiful green plants, the history surrounding you. I definitely felt it then.
      So I’m packed, and heading to bed. I’m taking off Thursday evening from here and will be at JFK Friday morning. Gotta love the time difference. I’ll gain a day heading back. I don’t understand it, but it works. ❤️
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      When we were little kids, I remember the first grade in Columbus, Ga. or it may have been second… I will ask Eulala, but I thought she was in the third…we had that kind of ice cream with the flat spoon. However the school’s ice cream cup had a picture of a famous cowboy on it inside…you had to lick the ice cream off to see who you got. (should be whom, but I can’t bring myself to do it!)❤️

      Traveler

      Aunt Mandy! It’s okay, I think you’re only required to use “whom” if you’re British. Caroline, have a safe and wonderful trip home, and enjoy your comfy plane seat and meals with real flatware! Keep posting on the way back. This is so much fun! 😘💕

      Traveler

      Hahaha…or if you are a student or media editor…not in real life❤️🖖🏻

      Traveler

      ❤️👍❤️

      Traveler

      Oh heck yea! We have a couple more days before I actually get back below the Mason-Dixon Line. (Oh Lord, where did that come from, I’m still in bed and haven’t had coffee)

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    • Day4

      I got new glasses today!!!!!!!

      Yesterday in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Wow, it's been 6 years since I got my other pair of glasses. Exciting! It was done so quickly 👀 (I already have my prescription, so it took 20 minutes to make the lenses to put in the frames). The prescription is slightly higher than my old glasses so the floor was a weird experience on our way home (depth perception).

      Today was tiring in general. Jetlag, heat, etc. Got a Thai massage in the morning but oh man, I felt like I got beat up from it (very intense on pressure points, but has some really interesting techniques I would want to recreate!!).
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      Traveler

      I think we have similar glasses 😂

      Traveler

      I love it!!!!

      Traveler

      😂

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    • Day226

      Bangkok, Thailand

      November 2 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

      We arrived at Bangkok after a long day of travel yesterday. Went out exploring the city today! Southeast Asia continues to surprise me. I have the preconceived notions of what a city or country will be like, and then I find I am very wrong.

      Bangkok is odd. They have an intricate mass transport system, but then a whole large area is just blacked out. Nothing but buses which aren’t as nice to get around on as metros. Of course our hotel is right in the middle of that blacked out area. So we spent some time just seeing how to get around and we’re pleasantly surprised. Bangkok has a great water taxi system, that mainly the locals use to get around in this area. So we jumped on and did our best to negotiate it. English is not spoken near as well here so we’re back to miming or using a lot of google translate to try to communicate. The people are very helpful tho.

      So while we were figuring out the boat/SkyTrain system we found ourselves in a modern section of the city so ran with it. Went into the malls and found they’re just as amazing as Singapore’s. They have a full aquarium in their mall! And so many stores from the USA that surprised me to see. A Sizzler?? Crazy. We had a late lunch at a hotpot place - fun to finally try it. And then we headed to the skywalk. A 77 story tower with a glass roof! Really scary to walk out on. Beautiful sunset again, and then a wonderful ride back to the hotel on the water taxi at night.

      It was a great day of just figuring out how the city works and playing it by ear.
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      Traveler

      That has to be a first??

      Christie Mitchell

      Right?!? They didn’t seem to be owner but they must have been. The next day we walked past there, there was just one piggy laying there.

      Traveler

      Pigs are super smart. Guess they hang out where they're fed. They appear to be well fed. 🐖

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