my (almost) perfect lunch
Yesterday was our second full day (well, technically our first if you count that we arrived in the wee hours the day before) and we spent it mostly exploring Bangkok and running errands. While the boys recovered from their evening the night before, I went walking down the main street towards some things I had seen on my previous walk. I ended up in this great little used bookstore and got two books for a dollar (woooo trashy romance novels!) and a Thai iced tea (for a dollar, I love it). It was a good find and I plan on going back sometime when I have time. After we start work on Monday I won't be able to do much in the morning- even if I get up earlier to have time in the morning to do stuff, it doesn't matter because nothing opens earlier than 9:30! When I got back we all went on an excursion to Tesco, a big department type store/grocery store (think Walmart or Target) and it's the coolest store ever!!!!!!! I want to go back again this weekend and just look at all the cool Thai stuff that they sell.
lunch at Tesco's
Lunch was the funniest thing ever. The food court was a row of like 20 booths that all looked identical except that their signs were all in different colors. There were masses of Thai people everywhere and it was a little intimidating, but after we figured out you had to buy a card to pay with first, we were pretty much ok. I managed to point and gesture my way into a bowl of noodles with broth (and bean sprouts, for some reason those slipped in but whatever, I was proud of myself for getting what I did). Kevin and Boomer got some soup with pieces of liver floating in it, and I don't think I need to describe what floating liver looks like, use your imagination and you can see why Kevin bailed on the soup and got something else. John was the only not so adventerous among us, he got Dunkin Donuts and Dairy Queen for lunch! We brought our new purchases back to the apartment and set them up (towels, hangers and steel toed boots for me, a DVD player, rugs, and other random stuff for the apartment) and the boys proceeded to watch a DVD!! Granted, they were still a little slow from the night before, but I was not going to sit inside on my second day in Bangkok.
So I went on another walk, this time the opposite direction. It wasn't as interesting as the other way and I got pretty distressed about crossing the streets at a few points, but it was good to get out and get familiar with the city. When I got back we went to on an excursion to this huuuuuuuuge computer store, probably the most insane place ever. I was tired and it was pretty overwhelming- about five or six floors of rows and rows of computer type stores with people absolutely everywhere. But we got what we needed so that was good. I got a pink fake leatherman for ten bucks. We were all pretty pooped so later just me, Kevin, John, and Eliot went out to dinner (seriously delicous real Italian pizza... not Thai I know, it was the boy's pick.
Tesco's food court... a small section of it
.. but it was amazing and cheap and mmmm sooo good!) Finally got to bed early and got some sleep, and now I'm just waiting for everyone else to get up so we can go do stuff.