Sunday, October 16, 2005

Back in Thailand

I miss Myanmar already. It may have a despotic government and a terrible human rights record (hmmmm, that sounds like home), but the country as a whole is amazing and is home to the best people you could meet anywhere...

We just arrived in Bangkok and were welcomed by a taxi driver who tried to start a fight with us in his car, made fun of us repeatedly, and emitted some incredibly disgusting and dramatic spitting noises out the car door (opened while speeding down the freeway). Welcome to Bangkok!

I have to say it's nice to be back in the realm of email and cheap telephone calls. You can use internet and international telephone service in Myanmar, but it comes with a price. The phone call to Bangkok to make our hotel reservation cost $13. We met Israelis who had to pay $6/minute to call home. They were not happy about that. You can imagine.

Anyway, we have four full days in Bangkok where Chris will be organizing visas for the rest of his trip through SE Asia. I will do a little clothes shopping on Khao San Road. It's hard to pass up on stocking the wardrobe with brightly colored Thai fisherman pants at $2.50 a pair.

I'm headed HOME on Friday. Home to the States, and back to New Orleans. My parents are going to meet me at the airport in Houston on Saturday night. Hopefully we'll make the drive to New Orleans on Sunday. Anxious to get back...


Blogger shokufeh said...

Yay for you, headed to New Orleans! Not that you wouldn't, but spend time at the zoo - with the animals. This morning, there was a story on the national news about the zoo and how it's in bad shape, financially, etc. But the thing that really hit home was how lonely the animals are, craving human interaction. Me and my mom were wishing we could go give them some attention.

October 17, 2005 3:19 PM  
Blogger Ms. NOLA said...

Have a safe trip back. My folks would love to see you. They are on Royal Street and can't wait to spend some time with you.

October 17, 2005 3:46 PM  
Blogger Jennifer P. said...

Thanks guys. I plan to see you parents soon Ms. Nola. Either on the Bestbank or sipping hot drinks somewhere in the Quarter.

Shokufeh, if I get a chance to go to the zoo, I will. Poor Jean and Panya. Been thinking about them everytime we've seen elephants in Asia. Almost everyone I know from Audubon has been laid off.Unhappy animals, unhappy people too.

October 18, 2005 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jen

It's Claire in Sydney. Just watching Wilma's progress. she's about to hit Cozumel in about 5 hours (it's 10pm on Fri 21st here). Have been reading the Mexican newspapers...sounds like they're pretty organised. So I guess that makes it a jackpot for your three favourite countries now..Japan, US and Mexico...Well at least everyone has been warned this time.

Thank goodness the hurricane season is almost finished over there. Have a safe flight back! Cx

October 21, 2005 7:21 AM  

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