Okay, well, maybe it wasn’t the longest case of jet lag in history, but I truly thought I’d never be in zinc with the rest of the world again. The plane ride was interesting as for some reason, I thought my route was a clean shot over the Pacific Ocean, but as I watched the little airplane on my television screen, I noticed it kept going North! When we took off from LAX, I noticed that we were heading for Santa Barbra which was then followed by San Francisco, Oregon (waved to Belinda), Washington State, Canada, the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, Russia, Japan, Hong Kong and finally landed for 4 hour lay over in Taiwan! I could only see the night lights of the cities below while standing in the back of the plane, looking out the door window. I literally watched the world go by. How could I sleep when passing over countries that I never thought I would be that close to. It was one of the better plane trips I’ve taken and the 14 hours and some odd minutes seemed to pass quickly (despite the man across the aisle from me with a smokers cough and the two little children sitting in front of me with their high-pitched screams :(. ) The plane trip all in all was most pleasant.
When I arrived in Taiwan I walked around the airport a bit. But being very tired I found a quiet spot and read a little about Bangkok. Then on to the last leg of my journey to Thailand, which was almost a 4 hour flight. When I arrived at the airport in Bangkok, I was amazed how big the building was, the architecture mainly metal and glass, very modern and interesting. It took about an hour to get through customs, then found my way to the exit where Michael was waiting for me. We stopped and had a cup of coffee at Starbucks and then took a cab to the apartment. When I arrived I instantly had flash backs of living in Panama, as the climate mirrors that of Thailand and the condo’s the same with their slatted doors and tiled floors. Tropical plants and birds and balmy weather sets the scene. It was early morning January 14th and it didn’t take long for me to settle into my room and as soon as I put my suitcases away, I immediately passed out! I was in a state of jet lag for nearly two weeks. Still dragging a bit, but I think the balmy weather, Thai Reflexology Foot massages and the kind and gentle spirit of the people of Thailand have a lot to do with staying in such a relaxed state.
Have been busy acclamating myself to the city, learning the public transportation system, which by the way is the quickest way to get around. So many modes of transportation to learn, Sky Train, Subway, River Taxi, Canal Taxi, Taxi, Tut-Tut’s, buses and Scooters. I have the Sky Train and Subway down, but still working on the River Taxi which is a little primitive for me, but as long as I have a life jacket in site, I’m fine.
Have visited a few Wat’s (Buddha Temples) and my favorite so far is Wat Pho where the famous Reclining Buddha resides and also where the traditional Thai massage was first taught. It’s located close to the Chao Phraya River, where you can enjoy watching a beautiful sunset with Wat Arun in the distance.
I’ve been attending the Bangkok Thai Cooking Academy in the heart of Sukhumvit. I learned to make one of my favorite Thai dishes, Pad Thai. My first class was small, with just three students, a young lady from Holland and a Government worker from China. Our instructor met us at the Sky Train station and from there we went to the local outdoor food market to purchase the ingredients for Pad Thai and the makings for Curry Paste. We then took a cab to the Academy and began preparing our meal. Who would of thought that such a tasty meal could be had by adding a few spices and rice noodles! Anxious to share my new food discovery with family and friends.
My list is long of things to see and do while here in Asia and I’m looking forward to learning more about the Thai culture. I’m adjusting to eating with spoon and fork, you use the fork to shovel your food into your spoon and then eat with the spoon! In Vienna I had to adjust to using the knife to shovel the food onto the fork! Always something new to learn, that’s what I love about traveling.
It’s the Chinese New Year and the city is busy preparing beautiful red gift baskets filled with oranges and special candies and pastries. Since it’s so crowded we decided to stay home as they shut down many of the streets and is difficult to get around at night. But Chinatown is still on my list of things to see.
Now that I’m on the Bangkok time schedule will hopefully blog more often. Thanks for stopping by :).