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Published: July 28th 2008
Safely back in the Kingdom of Thailand. They really weren't kidding when they said it was a 14 hour bus ride, but if our bus driver was not a smoker and did not keep pulling over to take a few puffs, I'm certain we would have arrived at least 2 hours earlier.
We spent the first night back in a relatively more expensive room, about $15 each. We hadn't eaten ALL day and really wanted a good nights sleep. The next morning we showered, ate breakfast and hit the streets to find cheaper accomodations. After 10, yes 10 refusals, we found an adequate place close to where we stayed during our first visit to Bangkok, which seems like ages ago. I slept on top of my bug net as the sheets had holes in them and there was a small plastic bag when I turned down the covers. YUCK! I didn't sleep much anyways because I had an ice tea around 11PM and caffeine really does a number on me. I was just so thirsty and sick of drinking water that I sipped and sipped without giving it a thought. At about 4AM I settled in and was calm enough
to get a few hours sleep.
We roamed aimlessly today, killing time until our evening dance show, a Thai cultural event. Christina arrives tomorrow evening so we haven't been to any of the "big" Bangkok places because we didn't want her to miss any of it. After her arrival we head north and we are ALL so looking forward to it. I have to keep an open mind about Thailand and not judge it on my Bangkok experience.
As we wait in Bangkok I find myself already missing Cambodia. I have never met such hard working, honest people. Bangkok is full of tourists and people grabbing at you to come buy something. It's just a big business full of people who want your money. Although I don't miss the begging that followed us in Cambodia, I miss the culture and the spirit of Cambodians. Their way of life is so simple and good natured. I truly feel they could teach us so much. We are so use to wanting and wasting and complaining. These people have NOTHING but each other, and yet they appear to be more at peace with their life than anyone I know. How can
Cambodian Children Painting Project
If I could have fit them, you ALL would have gotten a painting. There was one lucky winner though, without giving too many hints, it's a house warming present for a new Salem resident!
that be? Where did WE go wrong?
As you may have guessed, we are no longer going to Malaysia. Originally, it was the only place I wanted to go because of the canopy walk, one of three in the entire world. It is a country still in turmoil and at the moment taking their aggressions out on tourists, Americans to be specific. Oddly enough, when we were in Phnom Penh we were online making flight reservations so we could be in Malaysia this past week. I was about to add our passport numbers, the last step before flight confirmations, when we lost electricity and the entire city went black. We were too tired to do it all over again and decided to wait until the morning. That morning we met Tim, a fellow Vermont native with a high school leadership program. He recommended we go to the shores of Cambodia. Funny how things work out.
I've really been slacking on the pictures, so here is an array of what I've left out. Hope it's easy to follow along. Thanks for checking in on us!
~Thai Kho and Crew (I tried to get them to create Thai names
but no such luck)
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