Archive for February, 2009

Hong Kong Redux 4

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

“Home” again, and it’s beginning to feel that way, too. We’ve adapted our daily routine to living here and now that we’re settled we’ve begun to explore our surroundings a little more. The weather’s been pretty nice, so we’ve started to use the little lanai off our living room. And the roof – there’s a […]

Five Days in Bankok: Day 5

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Monday morning at breakfast someone told us we shouldn’t miss the Floating Market, which is “on the way to Ayutthaya.” Um…not exactly. In fact, it’s 180 degrees in the opposite direction! Our driver, though, bless his heart, said “No problem; we can do both.” That means 400 kilometers of driving, but if he’s game, we’re […]

Five Days in Bankok: Day 4

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Sunday morning we got lucky. We grabbed a cab outside the hotel to go to see the Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha and got a delightful young driver who spoke good English. We made a deal with him to keep him for the rest of the day. Worked out great. It was good for […]

Five Days in Bankok: Day 3

Friday, February 6th, 2009

On Saturday we walked up to meet David Cherry at the nearest elevated train station.  The sidewalks in Bangkok are a disaster – not just broken, but littered with chunks of concrete, big bits of rusted metal, pipes, wires and piles of construction materials, and crevassed with all kinds of pits and gaps and ditches […]

Five Days in Bankok: Days 1&2

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Well, where to start?   I’ve been in 54 countries (or maybe this makes it 55) and Thailand is perhaps the most exotic (possibly excepting India) – at least once you get out of the center city business district of Bangkok where our hotel is.   In fact, even though center cities worldwide are pretty much the […]