Flight Reflections

Trip Start Feb 06, 2010
Trip End Mar 01, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Monday, March 1, 2010

The long long flight home....Rob sleeps with his neck crooked in an uncomforable position. I am very much awake and jealous of his little snores.

So as I sit and watch Rob's slumber I am thinking of some memorable things about Thailand that I have so far failed to mention....

#1)  That most restaurants have menus that are ten pages in length...often more than that. Knowing the name of a Thai dish that you have previously enjoyed does not help since there is a good possibility another restaurant will cook it much differently. Thai restaurants try hard to please everyone and often have a multitude of cultures featured. I saw some menus that devoted entire pages to the many choices of how you would like your potatoes cooked!

#2)  We never tired of Thai / English translations. The errors, mostly on menus, never failed to make us smile. It was interesting that many errors were made from the translator doing their best to follow one of the countless rules of the English language that only apply in "certain" cases. The translations made it humorously apparent how silly some of those rules are and how difficult English must be to learn.

#3)  The way Thai people, most often guides that have the opportunity to spend some time with you, love to joke and tease. They are specially amused when you are in an unfamiliar situation that causes you discomfort or fear but never, never in a malicious way. They love to laugh and always have a ready smile.

#4)  We found that Thai people love to sing. From the popular craze of karaoke in clubs or even the small arcade style karaoke rooms situated in the massive shopping malls in Bangkok to our mahouts sitting completely at home behind us atop their elephants loudly singing as we trekked through the jungle, to happy tuk tuk drivers singing over the roar of the engine, to a group of teenage boys gathered in a circle on the forested riverbank singing together while one strummed on a guitar as we kayaked on past. (Rob's mahout laughed and sang a lot and was determined to teach Rob a Thai song about elephant's big, big balls!) If only the whole world sang like the Thai peoples...What a wonderful world it would be....hey, that sounds like a song..haha

#5)  The crazy "rules" of the road. If you can fit, you can pass no matter what side. Driver's often don't look behind them so it's customary give a friendly honk honk if they pull out in front of you or also when you are going to pass. Often two lanes becomes four and if you are trying to cross over to the proper side of the road it is perfectly acceptable to drive the "wrong way" along the shoulder until you are able to cross over. Amazingly we never were witness to even a small fender bender!

#6)  Crossing a street in Bankok or Chiang Mai can raise your heart rate as much as white water kayaking or zip lining!!

#7)  The hill tribe "frog women" dressed in tribal costume haunted all the city street markets and tourist areas. They often travelled in two's or three's which, competitively made little sense because they all carried the same wares: A basket over their arm filled with bracelets, necklace after neclkace draped over their other arm. And in their hands - The dreaded wooden frog rythmically emitting it's never ending wooden croaks that the each frog woman coaxes from their ridged backs.

Just some things we'll never forget. A wonderful country that we are so grateful to have had the chance for three fast weeks spent there!
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