Bangkok, Thailand (March 1987)
As I mentioned yesterday, my friend Debbie and I visited her friend Noi in Bangkok during our spring break in 1987. Noi came from a Chinese family of affluence, and they were gracious and generous hosts to the poor English teachers visiting from Japan. Here are some of my impressions of Bangkok, lifted from my journal:
|Buddha we saw our first day in Bangkok|
- CRAZY driving...with tuk-tuks all over the place and an elephant on the side of the road
- Beautiful landscape and people!
- Strange pets--one looked like a monkey/bear, and the other had a body like a cat with a long, curly tail, and a face like a rat!
- The most amazing food I'd ever eaten in my life at my young age of 22
- Exciting nightlife (we went to a trendy disco one night)
- Wonderful golden Buddhas, temples, and artwork
- Inexpensive and fun shopping, especially at floating markets, positively dizzying with visual imagery and culture
- One day in the park we saw a group of people doing tai chi while nearby, a snake was being skinned, followed by two men consuming the gall bladder and blood without batting an eye
- Incredible street food, especially mangoes with sticky rice, one of my favorite Thai dishes
- Dinner on a boat floating down the river--gorgeous!
- The Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha, where we actually saw the Crown Princess
- A Chinese banquet with a full roasted pig, and everyone delighted in eating the pig tail, ears, and tongue!
- A fortune teller who seemed to know an uncanny number of things about me...she said I'd have a long life and have three to four children...she also said that I like to take risks and challenge myself, and that I'm independent and make decisions quickly...and I would have a successful career but later in life my husband will travel a lot and I'll have to stay home! Maybe when Mike makes the New York Times bestseller list!
|At the Grand Palace|
Bandung, Indonesia (August 1989)
Mike and I spent a few days in Bandung, the third-largest city in Indonesia, to see wayang golek, or a Sundanese puppet play.
Borobudor, Indonesia (August 1989)
I will never forget visiting Borobudor, the largest Buddhist monument in the world--it was simply spectacular. It was probably built around 750 AD, but historians are not sure who built it or why it was built. In fact, for centuries it lay buried under layers of volcanic ash until it was rediscovered by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in 1814. When we visited, renovation had just been finished.
We saw about 500 stone Buddhas, many of them headless. The temple had beautiful views of the surrounding hills and countryside, and our visit was relaxing and peaceful.
Bath, Birmingham, Burton-upon-Trent, England (1992-2007)
|Chris and Ellie in Burton-upon-Trent|
|And many years later (2004)|
|A Keiron/Kieran sandwich!|
Blakeney (summer 2004)
|Mike on the beach with Chris, |
nephew Mark, and niece Victoria
|Typical house in Blakeney|
|I have always loved this photo--|
Kieran had just learned how to walk
Bourton-on-the-Water and Broadway (2007)
|Sue and Gareth|
|Our group visiting Broadway|