Archive for November, 2012

November 30, 2012

Chiang Mai temple

Gorgeous. Met some very fun Germans on the ride up, and may seem them later on the beaches.

Highlight of the trip was a water blessing by a monk. And while I don’t know what he was saying, I do know just enough about Buddhism to generally think it was about peace and good things for our world.

November 30, 2012

More about Bangkok

Head on over to to see the earlier news.

Our first full day in Bangkok was fantastic. Great Thai breakfast at our B and B, and then we walked to the Royal Palace. My sunglasses didn’t survive in my backpack, so first up was getting a set of Prada shades. Yes, I am certain they are the real thing!

We bargained, of course-so much so that the vendor asked us to be quiet about the price!

Puja wrote about the flower market. On the way though, we saw about 30% of the Thai economy in action. They export a ton of things, and we walked past brake rotors, windshield wipers, reading glasses, sewing machines, industrial pumps, scales, and much more. And on one side street, we also spotted scores of vendors repairing and harvesting electronics that we throw away. It was fantastic.

For dinner, we trekked to the Seafood Market, a spot Puja’s mom and dad had visited when they were here. We started with a tuk-tuk ride to the metro, hopped on the sky train, and then really started walking. Puja and I don’t do math or maps the same way, but generally agree on the outcome. So we both thought making a right was a good idea. We were headed to the 24th block, and after walking about half a mile past 23, we saw 21. Shit!

So we turned around and went the other way only to find out that in this part of town they don’t number their blocks sequentially! Back the other way we went!

About a mile and a half later, we made our next turn and discovered that the map was not to scale: what appeared to be (on the map) a turn and sit down was really a turn and walk another mile!

We agreed that we would cab home, and did have a great time, starting with a cold beer and followed by adding our food to a shopping cart and then sending it off to be cooked!

The cab ride home was interesting, as the driver spoke some English but couldn’t read it. So we ended up having him call places on the map.that were in the general vicinity of our place!

All told – a very good day,

November 29, 2012

Ah, Street Food

After a 17 hour train ride a successful search for a place to stay, and a “let’s get lost while seeing the town” walk, a delish fried red pepper curry was my reward. Followed my rotee filled with milk and chocolate.

November 29, 2012

Night and Day Train to Chiang Mai

Wowza! When one train is late the rest have to wait! We arrived in Chiang Mai in mid afternoon – much later than expected. But we found a place to stay and are hopeful that it is beer thirty around here somewhere!

November 28, 2012

Night Train to Chiang Mai

More to come about the last day and a half. But at the moment – having a quick snack before the night train to our next adventure!

November 27, 2012

Hot sun, cold beer coconut ice cream

Rice for breakfast. You should try it. We did. It was enough to get us from here to the grand palace. And then on a long walk through the amulet market. Hard to believe that there are buyers for that many amulets, but there must be.

After that it was time for the cold beer over in Khosan Road. That is sort of like Pioneer Square on a Friday night. But here, EVERY hour is a Friday night.

Yes, we had Phad Thai. Yes it was delish. Yes the jade Buddha was gorgeous. So was the coconut ice cream back at the B and B.

November 26, 2012

First Day In Bangkok

Hot and lovely here in Bangkok, and that describes my wife and the weather!

We took the sky train towards town, the subway (called the MRT) and then started walking towards our B and B. No matter that we were walking the wrong way; a kind Thai man and a gripping tuk-tuk ride later, we were much closer! A short walk along one of the canals and we arrived safe and sound.

There is a festival going on so we went to see it. We were just too jet lagged to stay awake for all of the festivities, bit we did get to see an incredible night market go up before our very eyes. Anyone that deals in electricity for a living would have been horrified at the assortment of extension cords and power strips. Since I left my western sensibilities back at home, we dove on in and sampled a flattened fish, chicken skewers, a rice and a noodle dish. A highlight of the evening was the pair of Leo beers we had, sitting on a sidewalk with bunch of guys and two women dressed in, uh, working attire.

It was loud where we were staying, but 24 hours of travel and walking meant we slept for almost 12 hours.

Breakfast here at the B and B was great. Next up? Stay tuned!

Room key. How cool.

November 26, 2012

Not a bad way to have breakfast

Since I don’t really know what time it is – having a Taiwan Classic with my meal seemed like a good idea. Was that breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Who knows- I am on my way to Thailand!

November 25, 2012

Touchdown in Taiwan

So far so good. Just arrived in Taiwan and waiting for the flight to Thailand. Let the adventure begin!

November 24, 2012

Last Supper

Getting our last US meal under our belts!