In Phuket I got a taxi from the airport to the hotel.
About a 35 minute run for about $12 and the best part was the air conditioning. It was only 91 today - has been near 100 earlier in the week. The hotel is clean and has air conditioning too. I wasn't here more than 10 minutes when Peter Ferry
(New Zealand missionary working here in Phuket) and his wife came by and we roused Rajeev Nicholas
(New Asian Regional Coordinator from Sri Lanka), Rex Rodriguez
(English Regional Director, Sri Lanka) and Kurien Kurian
(Assistant Regional Coordinator to Rajeev; from India but lives in Singapore) and all went out for Thai-Chinese food. A little drive after wards and then to Swenson's for ice cream.
The tourism is on the other side of the island - the sea side. On this side it is muddier, though we couldn't see the much being dark.
They are all good people and we had lots to talk about. Peter has been everywhere in Asia and knows most of the countries very well, the work etc. and is a key resource also being interested in Emmaus.
Where Monday went I don't know. Somewhere between takeoff at 2 am Monday and waking up from my sleep a few hours later it was already Tuesday and it was 7 am when we landed in the rain in Taipei. It is quite an airport - a huge square that is open to transit passengers to walk completely around on the second floor with endless shops that sell all the stuff you might want if you had the cash to pay their ridiculous prices. Of course when I found Starbucks... well it was expensive, but it is Taiwan after all. I felt better when I found that the rest of the restaurants were charging the same for their non-Starbucks coffee.