December 10, 2014
The Prime Minister of Thailand announced today that the parliament was being dissolved – this resulted in traffic jammed up in our neighborhood from the protestors celebrating.
Swensons…. our new place for dessert – just a short walk from the guest house!
We have spent several hours over the past week getting supplies for the guest home at Home Pro – Thailand’s version of Home Depot. Lots of people in orange aprons willing to help, but not in English! 🙂
The people we have met have been the best part of our trip! I think I have already said that the Thai people are very kind and welcoming. We have found a few restaurants that we eat at regularly – the owner and his staff below were so happy to learn how to say our names so they may greet us. Their pad-thai is amazing and costs around $7 for two to eat!
Glory is a very sweet young lady that works in the front office of the Alliance Guest home – she will be going to Australia to study soon. She asked if she could call us Uncle Scott and Aunt Vickie…. 🙂
One day we were eating lunch at one of our usual places. I was hoping that I had ordered what I thought I had ordered, but when the waitress placed the plate in front of me, I wasn’t too sure. I began to eat, thinking that this wasn’t at all what I expected. Turns out, it was supposed to be served to the gentleman sitting next to me. After he complained, the server brought him another meal. We began talking with him during lunch and for the next hour and a half, enjoyed his interesting conversation. His name is Khanat Phandharakrajadej, the Secretary General of the Institute for Promotion and Development of Democracy in Bangkok. We made plans to meet him again the following day and again enjoyed a meal together. He is very interested in American politics. We learned much about the government and culture of Thailand.
The malls in Bangkok are pretty amazing – we walked around the Central Plaza – 8 floors of interesting things to see. We went to the movie theatre and enjoyed their special seating while watching The Hobbit -2.
I will post this before it gets too long! Hope all is well in your part of the world!