Quiet Calm Bangkok!!!!!

Trip Start Jan 13, 2009
Trip End May 17, 2009

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Quiet? - nope, Calm? - nope. Hot? -yup. Great? -yup, yup.
This is a very quick note to tell everyone (Dad, Keith), I am safe.  I am on a pay Internet machine and It is ticking away.......  Easy journey yesterday - long day out of Beijing and then a5 hour flight here and most of you couldn't imagine what this place looks like but I actually found my little guest house, down 50 lanes about 6 feet wide - in the DARK!!!!  Maybe I am getting a sense of direction????
Oops - only minutes left.  I will finish my China entry and give you a sense of Thailand so far later as the mouse is stuck to the table???  Coconut Juice spill?????
Jan - thanks so much for the itinerary - please come and take me there????  I am going to figure that one out over the next couple of days but I know it sounds great - secluded and I would love to meet your friends.  Tara and Rich - I might be coming South so get some Gripe Water for those kids and I am certainly not taking Sydney to the mall in Kaula Laumpur!!!!!!

I am heading out today to ride the sky train around, hop on and off public long tail bus transport, up and down the canals and just et a sense of direction.

So weird - it is nearly 24 years to the day that I was here last.  Les, we looked like all the other girls here in this guest house - fresh scrubbed and so eager and brave.....shh to go back and get to do it again.

Hey _ i just read about Dave Ingeborg's cancer and impending death!!!!  We cops don't seem to be lasting too long so I am SO happy to be here - living large.  It is so beautiful - wild and busy and crazy, but has an immediacy to the energy that is hard to describe to those unfamiliar to Asian street life.

My guest house is unbelievable - yes Wit - as good or better.  Includes full breakfast - just finished - fab, and I have a balcony, a little terrace and a pretty big single room with a big bathroom.  Sparkling clean and $20 bucks US.  The exchange is crappy but.....it is what it is.

All of you with money or miles.......come on over.......I am able to meet you anywhere cause that is where I am going.

Thank you, Thank you Thank you for all the comments - It is like a little treat to log in and read the news.

Much more later.

I am still digesting China.  WOW!  Never had any desire to go there and now I think I want to go back as soon as it warms up - just the politics alone has filled my head and will for a long while.  Huge thanks to Wit - lots of long discussions on the changing face of China and how that is happening - fascinating.

Now Thailand.  Land of smiles.

Love you all,

Mary Noreen - Thanks for putting me back on the Grade 2 prayer list!!!!! 
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janice21 on

sawadee ka!
Welcome to the most lovely country ever. I am so excited for you to be there!!! Of course Bangkok can be crazy overwhelming but you will find the beauty and it will find you. Thailand is and always will be my most perfect vision of heaven on earth. You should be able to find tons of places with cheap internet so find one of them, grab a yummy pineapple shake, and keep the stories coming. Enjoy the land of smiles, remember... mai pen rai (no problem), and LOVE THE HEAT! :) xoxo

keith32 on

The Journet
Sis, so glad that you are finally warm. Just got off the phone with Dad and tried to explain to him how to send you a message. I think he has it. Your journey sounds so interesting and I pray you find what you are looking for. Luv you, stay in touch


cateluvsport on

'Cate luvs port'
Can't do a Boxing Day again and not think of you.An amazing trav-journal and I look forward to it everytime I come to work.You are doing just what your favorite online oncology nurse could order-- with perfection. Enjoy the world.Stay safe,and simply let the breeze take you where it may...Cheers, Your 'friendly and oh so envious' Catherine RN from North Van

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