Snow Bound or NOT?

Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
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Trip End Jan 28, 2011


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Friday, January 28, 2011

Had a great sleep. Woke this morning to have breakfast delivered to my room by students. Wasn't that sweet. I slept in so they brought me an array of breakfast food. I have such wonderful students,

We checked out of our room at noon. We ate lunch at the hotel restaurant since our shuttle is not scheduled until 2 pm.The lunch was wonderful Such a big buffet. The students enjoyed their salads and desserts. Sat and talked for 2 hours before the shuttle took us to the airport.  I checked the airport status this morning and saw JFK has re-opened and there is no mention of delays/cancellations on the China Airline website. So, I am assuming all is a go. I heard they got around 19 inches of snow. Hopefully, all will go well. I tried to upgrade to just business class and it was going to cost us $1,500 /each. WOW! Guess I will never be riding anything but economy class on this flight. We have a 12 hr flight from Taipei to Anchorage and another8 hrs from Anchorage to JFK. We leave Taipei at 4:15 pm Friday and
arrive 8:50 pm Friday. We are ready to enter that mysterious time warp. Oh, body prepare yourself for the week long jet lag syndrome :)

We left Taipei Taiwan an hour later than scheduled. We stopped in Anchorage, Alaska for a refuel and customs. We are scheduled to re-board at 9:40 am. The flight to Alaska went well. I ended up with an aisle seat with an empty seat between me and the other passenger. The food on the trip was a little better this time. Shrimp with linguine, pineapple cake, roll, potato salad. Breakfast was not so good. It was rice padded into what look liked bread and some kind of chicken mixture in the middle. Just could not tolerate that meal. We are scheduled to arrive at JFK at 8:20 pm. Just talked with Jamie and Greg is picking up the U-haul and heading toward the airport around 1 pm.

Before I close my blog for this trip I would like to thank my dear Thai colleagues and friends.I know so many people assist us with this exchange program and I am so very thankful for all them. I can not even begin to name everyone for fear that I would accidentally leave someone out. So, to all of you who took part in our program, THANK YOU! We have developed so many friendships with the faculty and staff of BCNC and I appreciate every one of them.

I would like to especially thank two people who are very dear to me and my family. I know I have shared a little about them throughout this blog but I would like to express my gratitude in this blog.  I know they are reading this blog, so to Pi Jib, my puen rak,  I want to say, "Thank you, from the bottom of my heart". Without you this program would not exist. You are the one who makes things happen :). You are always troubleshooting and anticipating our every need. You definitely have the skill of multi-tasking. You are amazing. Even though you are always traveling for meetings and conferences, you have command of your institution. It is evident by the way your staff/faculty/students treat you that you are very much loved and respected.  Pi Jib you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. You are classy and elegant. You have such poise and presence. When you enter a room, all notice. There are so many traits that I love about you. You are down to earth, fun loving, and kind. Although we have only known each other for 3 years, I feel like we have known each other for a lifetime. We have a connection that is hard to explain to others. We think a lot alike and our families have a lot of commonalities. Despite our religious and cultural differences we have developed a deep personal relationship. We truly are like sisters as you  often say. From the time we meet, to the time we depart, we are always laughing and enjoying one another. I thoroughly enjoyed our "girl" visit this year. Having some time without the husbands this year allowed us to talk as females, mothers, wives and colleagues. I cherish our friendship and look forward to what the future may have in store for the two of us. Thank you for opening your heart and home to me and my family. May God bless you my dear friend and know that even though we may be far apart, we are united in heart. Rak Kuhn, kah.

Nong Maew, my dear puen rak. I want to extend my thankfulness and appreciation to you because without you this program would not be as successful as it is. I know that everything will be ok when we are in your presence. You ease everyone's anxiety and put everyone's fear to rest. I so cherish our friendship. Like Pi Jib, I feel like I have known you for years. When we know what each other is thinking without holding a conversation, we know that we have a special connection. Despite our cultural and religious differences I have realized that our personalities are so similar that it is scary. I really liked the time that we had together. The past two years I had to share you with DaCha and this year you were all MINE. We were able to be ourselves and you were not in the teacher mode all of the time. I enjoyed our conversations. We have laughed so hard that at times my stomach just hurt. You are so patient, understanding and kind. You serve as our mediator and advocate and for that I am grateful. I know you sacrifice a lot to help with this program. You manage your job from the distance, rearrange your schedule on our behalf and you make us your priority for a 3 week period of time. You are such a beautiful person. Thank you for being my friend and sister. God bless you dear friend. You are with me in soul and spirit. Rak Kuhn, Kah.

We arrived home safely. As I unpack all of my gifts, I am reminded of my dear friends. The Lord has truly blessed me.

This blog entrance will be the last one for this trip.  hope you have enjoyed our trip as much as we have. Until next year. Choke dee, kah. Sawasdee, kah.


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Carolyn Kreamer on

I want to add my sincerest gratitude to all of our friends in Thailand for their warm hospitality and generous care of faculty and students. This has been a lovely Travel Blog this year, Debbie. I was able to follow most of it, and enjoyed every word. I truly felt as though I was traveling right along with all of you. Blessings to Jip and Maew and everyone at BCNC. I hold you in the highest regard and respect.

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