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April 6th, 2009 – by: aelder2259
I went downstairs in search of breakfast. Yum! They have boiled rice with various toppings! My cooking instructor calls in Congee...I don't know what they call in here, but this is my kind of breakfast! The rice is boiled and kind of soupy. Then you just add whatever you want to it. I added some sesame oil, hot spices, green onions, fish flakes (bonito?) and some tofu & mushrooms.
It's now around 8 a.m. and I have some time to kill. I'm supposed to tour the city by tuk tuk at 1 p.m. today, so I guess I should locate where I'm to meet and figure out how to get there.
Iâ€™m freakinâ€™ pissed! I just spent the last 15 minutes adding to my blog and my hotelâ€™s connection logged me out, so the changes didnâ€™t save! Grrr. So, from now on, Iâ€™m going to type first, then connect and copy/paste to TravBuddy.
After putzing on here this morning, I grabbed my camera and ventured outside. Thereâ€™s a big street market one street over from the hotel, so thatâ€™s where I headed.
I finally see some food that looks good and something that doesnâ€™t need an explanation to eat, so I ask for a plate of food. Itâ€™s rice with some chicken dish on one side and pork on the other. The chicken part is simpleâ€¦.I taste garlic and gingerâ€¦not sure what else. The pork is ground and spicy, which I love. For the plate of food and some cool tea, the cost is only 16Bht (about 50 centsâ€¦exchange rate is around 36Bht to the dollar right now).
I also buy some flower bracelet thingy for 5Bht (whatâ€™s that? About 7 cents?). I thought it was pretty, but I think itâ€™s really to be used as an offering at one of the Buddhist shrines.
I have about an hour to kill before I head to the other side of town for my tuk tuk city tour. I really hope Mike got my message and joins me. It will be nice to talk to another American â€¦at least for a little bit.
I walked outside to catch a taxi to the meeting place for the tuk tuk tour around 11:30. I figured Iâ€™d walk around a bit to kill some time once there. I lucked out because I taxi was just driving by and he gave me an excellent price of 150Bht. It took about 30 minutes to get to the other side of town. Once there, I crossed the street to walk around.
After walking for about 30 minutes, I found my way back to the hotel meeting place and had some lunch (ok, maybe it was second lunch, but I love Thai food so much, I just couldnâ€™t help myself).
Anyway, I wasnâ€™t expecting a the tour our guide was giving us. I could have skipped one of my other excursions entirely and saved myself some money.
Another stop we made was to a temple that had 315 steps we had to climb. I thought there was no way I could do it, but I was surprised at how easy the climb was. The rise of the steps was shallow and there was a place to stop and enjoy a view or waterfall every 25 steps or so. There were also lots of prayer bells along the way.
Mike and I got to talk a bit as we rode around the city. Iâ€™m fortunate to have met him since it turns out heâ€™s on the same medicine I am and is going to give me some to tie me over until I get the overnight package from my husband. Weâ€™re really different when it comes to travel.
Mike had trouble finding my hotel, but finally made it and we walked down the street to a restaurant I had scoped out earlier today. It was a really good choice! Not only was the food delicious, but an added bonus was traditional Thai dancing. I had wanted to see a show like that and I found one by accident. Mike is really sweet. He insisted on treating me for dinner. He tried to give them a tip when he paid, but they kept trying to give it back to him. It was kind of comical to watch.
I was going to wait up for Mike to return with some medicine, but I'm exhausted and don't think I can stay awake.
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April 6th, 2009 – by: aelder2259
We arrived in Bangkok around 12:45 a.m on April 6thâ€¦about an hour later than expected. It was almost 2 a.m. by the time I got through immigrations, collected my bag, and made it through customs. I was glad that I had paid the little extra and arranged for transportation from the airport to the hotel. My driver was waiting for me, holding a sign with my name, right outside of customs. It took another half hour before we reached my hotel.
Before I could get in bed, I needed to talk to my husband. Not only to say I made it, but I needed an urgent request. I was an idiot and forgot to pack my most important medicine for my diabetes! Heâ€™s going to try and send it overnight to my hotel, which means I wonâ€™t have it until Tuesdayâ€¦.I mean Wednesday (I keep forgetting about having crossed the international date line).
Itâ€™s 3:30 a.mâ€¦.itâ€™s time to get some sleep.