I got the privilege of traveling to Thailand to hang out with Jon's little sister Kaitlin last week. She is going to be there for a little bit and her family wasn't going to join her for a few weeks. I saw this as a great opportunity to travel and be with someone I really enjoy being around and added bonus a week without any major responsibilities. With no kids the both of us took leisurely mornings drinking coffee having long devotionals and then heading out each day when we would be figuring out how to work in naptimes for kids normally. Kaitlin was such a fun travel buddy! We ate at tons of street vendors, rode in taxis - cabs - the train - tuk tuks - and a khlong (water taxi) and went shopping at some fun places.
highlights of the week:
Geocaching and King Rama IX park - we thought this was the park that was a pit stop on Amazing Race but after further research when we got home realized the real park was in Phuket not Bangkok.
Cooking Class Shilom - we met at a ticket counter of the train stop watching for a short enthusiastic Asian women. That was the description in our email confirmation, standing there laughing about how we probably wouldn't be getting to do this a short enthusiastic Asian came bounding up the stairs and we knew she was the one! As the class we went to the market with our chef then went to the cooking school and got to prepare our five course meal with ladies from Argentina, Korea and France. It was so fun and it tasted amazing!!
Royal Palace and the Khlong - To get to the royal palace we rode a khlong which is a water taxi. It was quiet an adventure and seeing the water everywhere it made sense to ride them. The royal palace was AMAZING!!! In America you see tons of white marble for "royal" places, in Japan it is all red and stone but in Thailand it was the most colorful display I had ever seen. There was so much gold everywhere along with tons of colored glass in all the displays. It was pretty amazing to walk around and take it all in. We were able to see a changing of the guard at the palace and well lets just say it wasn't quiet what I was expecting. I was thinking like the tomb of the unknown solider but it was more like a leisurely look at each other then randomly change places and mess with their uniforms.
Chinatown - we rode a tuk tuk threw the streets going to Chinatown after going to the flower market. It was tons of vendors selling lots of fun knick knacks and some amazing fruits
JJ Market - the largest market in the world covering over 30 acres. I walked around for hours, bought the girls some souvenirs, ate some pad thai and laughed at some of the stores with Kaitlin
Thai Massage - since Kaitlin was pregnant we had to have an hour foot massage at some point or maybe it was because this is on every web site and travel book of things you must do while there.
Most amazing part of the trip was being in a place that was melting pot. While we were in the trains I just kept thinking about how amazing heaven is going to be. People would open their mouths and almost any language could come out. It gets me so excited to see people from every tribe, nation and tongue get together to worship God!!!
|Last breakfast in Okinawa|
|We made it together!|
|Khlong - water taxi|
|King Rama IX park|
|Thought we were at an Amazing Race pit stop - whoops!|
|Cooking class in the market|
|How to pick out shrimp|
|Explaining Thai veggies|
|Excited to learn!|
|They make everything beautiful.|
|manning the wok|
|Teacher made me redo my dish because it must be beautiful|
|Beautiful and the shrimp are plated like a heart|
|on the khlong|
|enjoying the sites|
|The Royal Palace|
|If you didn't have long pants they provided you pants to rent|
No shorts or tank tops at the royal palave
|There is so much color!|
|Guarding the palace|
|Changing of the guard|
Sorry Kaitlin only picture I had:)
|So many stores|
|Waiting on some Pad Thai|
|Protestors got a little more active during our time.|
There was some violence at Victory Monument which we saw on the train but didn't get up close to
|Planned a fun day at a park but stopped due to protests|
|So we took the train to the indoor mall|
|Saying goodbye - Kaitlin got up at 5am to take me to the airport!|
What a great friend.
|What to do with a 6 hour layover in Thaipe??|
Haircut at a spa - 30 min head massage followed by a haircut
|Girls modeling their outfits|