Clearing up a few jobs

Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

We are at a loose end today so decide to clear up a few jobs we promised to do whilst in town.
I walk to the Ping River and visit the Tourist Office to pick up a Loy Krathong timetable then stop to change some more money on the way back.  49Bht to 1GBP still sint too good but it is the best rate I have gotten for a couple of years now.  Straight to the bank with the cash today as this is my 'home' branch I do not have to pay for any transactions here.
I still enjoy my daily walks but am having to break them up with short rests in the room for my knee to recover.
In the afternoon we visit a nearby jewellers where they make a lot of theor own stuff.  Jai has a bangle that has broken a couple of times and the last time we took it to be repaired in Gloucester they wanted 30GBP and still warned us that the repair mightnt be very good !  The shop here say they can fix it for 3GBP so we leave it with them.
Whilst we wait we go and visit Wat Loy Kroh just a few hundred yards away.  It is decorated celebrate the festival and has some great 'happy monks' all over the place - I want some.
We go back to the jewellers and collect Jai's bangle and at first glance they appear to have done a good job.  I guess that time will be the best judge of how good.
We go to Sugar Bar in the evening to eat and watch the parade forming up then walk along to Tha Phae gate where it is heaving with people all fighting to get their camera to the front for photos.  We stay for a while then back to the bar for a couple of beers.
I buy a Loy Krathong lantern which we light in the street outside the bar whilst the traffic is still shut out.  Later we see people lighting them beneath trees, under electric cables, close to buildings - I am amazed that there are not more serious accidents over this week.  They say that if your lantern does not fly away it means bad luck and the chap in the bar next to us tries to light three without success.  The first one caught fire, the secondone got stuck in a tree and the third just drifted straight into the moat as it wasnt hot enough to fly away.  Doesnt bode well for his coming year !!
There are thousands of lanterns dotting the sky and people are walking along with their eyes looking skywards.  With the traffic around here this is another dangerous practise.  There is a red light just outside the a pedestrian crossing but the red lights here are optional and it is quite amusing watching the shock on peoples faces when the little green man appears, they step off the pavement but nobody stops for them ! 
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