Golden temple!

Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
Trip End Dec 20, 2011

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Saen sumran guesthouse

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 115 ;

Awoke on the train at about the time we where ment to reach our stop (nice and early as usual,had woken up at half four) they train had apparently been stopped for a while and we where still four hours away, there had been an accident some where on the track, the people who work on and for the railways all seem to be very happy, nice and helpful,not like in India!

The train inside is clean of course as is everywhere, there is a full on dining coach or two to the sleeper trains, first class looked luxurious with gold thick big drapes to close yourself in and second was nice too, you even get a soft ish matress and decent pillow so v comfy, but must say though in India's defence their railways in terms of the track and all the rest of it are in better condition than thailands, or at least the northeastern line we took. It was pretty rickety to be honest and it all looks pretty old, so don't worry India its 1-1 so far!!!

Went back to sleep while Phil kept reading, got to our stop finally, walked for miles and miles ( seroiusly, a good 7/8 km) as yet again the tuk tuk drivers are all ass h***s yet again, so got ridiculously hot and sweated an obscene amount, seriously the heat here is unbearable, I have to say I had a bad moment when all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and hope that magically I was at home! It's seems homesickness strikes at the weridest times, but after sleeping on the train, not feeling to good, yet again, and having to put up with horrible people it all just gets a bit much, for me anyways.
Not sure if I was made to be a backpacker!?
Don't worry this is not all doom and gloom the day got better.
We got a nice room again out of the guide book, had a nice cold shower did some washing and then set our for the afternoon stopping first for some lunch that is owned by an English man, I had a lovely salad, (how you miss the simple things) Phil had a chicken noodles dish, which he got given chop sticks to eat it with (also a fork but that's not how its done) so he was eating shall I say reasonable well but didn't look comfortable, then the man who's restaurant it was came over with chop sticks with elastic band and paper and said "this is how we teach children in Japan to eat with them" straight away Phil was loving them he could eat properly, the pictures will explain better than me, hopefully we will both be quite skilled at eating with them once we have finished traveling southeast Asia.
We managed to get onto one of the backs of the trucks that they use like busses to go from one end of the road to the other (its very very long) with the help of a Thai lady who spoke some English, we walked around by the river to the Way Nongwang temple, it was amazing, and huge, the detail that goes into it, again pictures will explain better! Walked back past the river it is so peaceful and relaxing.
Had a cat nap then went for a walk in search for the market walked for ages but it was not there so just went of to the same restaurant and had some dinner, then back use WiFi in our room. Fun fun!
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gill newsom on

keep practising with those chopsticks---- you'll get there!!

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