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December 12th 2007
Published: December 12th 2007
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King's Birthday celebrations
We returned from our trip up north to Chiang Mai and arrived just in time to witness the festivities for the King's birthday on December 5th. He's just turned 80 years old. We were out and about and got caught up in the crowd waiting for the motorcade to pass. The crowds were deep on each side of the boulevard waiting for a glimpse of the King and Queen to drive by. We happened to be in the right spot and caught his car drive by. It was genuinely a crush of people on foot and in vehicles out to honor the King.

This week we also got our travel shots at the Bangkok hospital. We had a very good consult with a travel medicine doctor. We're on our way to Hanoi tomorrow, and will eventually travel to Cambodia and Laos before returning to Bangkok.

We visited Wat Arun late in the day yesterday and happened to meet a monk who spoke english. He told us he'd lived in the States for 2 months some 30 years ago, and invited us to visit with him at his home near his temple. We stopped to pick up some mangoes and
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Waiting for him to drive by
cookies from 2 shops we frequent and brought these treats along for our host. We must have chatted for a few hours about Buddhist customs as well as American culture and also got to see numerous photos from his trip in 1977. He's now the Abbott of his temple.
We've made plans to visit him on our return.

Short but sweet. We've got to get ready for an early departure in the morning. Looking forward to the good baguettes and coffee!

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Traffic on holdTraffic on hold
Traffic on hold

Waiting for the motorcade to pass
The Grand PalaceThe Grand Palace
The Grand Palace

View from the river ferry
Kids at Wat ArunKids at Wat Arun
Kids at Wat Arun

"Where are you from?"
Tuk TukTuk Tuk
Tuk Tuk

Open exhaust is deathly!
Meeting the AbbotMeeting the Abbot
Meeting the Abbot

We spent a few hours at his home.
B&B up northB&B up north
B&B up north

Old home converted into B&B

13th December 2007

Loved the photos-still LOL about the "new food reviewer in town" - -Thai food comes in bottles, not on a plate!!

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