The Grand Palace

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Wat Phra Kaew
It rained on Wednesday morning, so I took advantage of the unexpected downtime and took a pilates class.  I realize pilates is Asian in origin, and so am not surprised that pilates here is different than at home, but it's really different.  On top of that, not only was I the only westerner (the others were Japanese ex-pats), I was one of only two women who took the class.  The rest were men, struggling and huffing and puffing and jerking around.  Have you seen the Japanese exercise?  They're HILARIOUS.  It was hard not to crack up in hysterics.

In the afternoon Romana and I went to the Grand Palace, Wat Prah Kaew, and Wat Pho.  I'd visited both temples on my trip to Bangkok a few weeks ago, but the palace had been closed for the king's birthday.  Let me tell you, it makes all the difference in the world when you visit these places with a local.  She knew exactly where to go (i.e. how to dodge the swarms of tourists), what to see, the history behind everything, the works.  I was no less awed and amazed the second time through; perhaps even more so, because this time I had the knowledge to go along with it.  Truly amazing.

We stopped at Romana's favorite food court on the way home, mouth-watering Thai noodle soup for her and fantastically spicy green papaya salad for me.  Delicious.

I can't get enough of Bangkok.
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Wat Phra Kaew
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Ancient anatomy scrolls at Wat Pho
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Wat Arun from the boat
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