Bangkok-Ellen's Last Day
Trip Start Jan 21, 2009
25Trip End Mar 20, 2009
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Ellen returned home today after a very full 2 week tour of Thailand!
We spent her last day in Bangkok. Noah's friend Tong gave Ellen a great tour of the Grand Palace. This was my third visit to the Palace complex reccently. I see and learn something new each time.! Noah made Ellen a special ring that they designed together. Ellen went to Noah's office/factory to finally see it, and and then spent the evening out with the young people. The ring is quite lovely. It is white gold, evocative of the shape and style of my Grandma Faye's art deco diamond ring, with a beautiful sapphire instead of a diamond, with small diamonds and cut out work surrounding it.
I spent the afternoon and evening quickly planning where to go for rest, quiet and yoga after 4 weeks of being a "constant traveler." Bangkok is always a treat. It is also challenging and tiring. It must wear upon those who live there. I am anxious to settle in somewhere quieter, in the countryside.
I came upon a book of travel essays today about Thailand. An excerpt:
"[T]he food of Thailand, like the country itself, leaves an impression on the senses that lingers long after the experiencing it is done."
Ellen surely understands this now. The visions of markets and stalls and stuff for sale everywhere imprints upon the brain. We have seen gorgeous silk, gleaming Buddhas and gold leaf shrines everywhere of every kind imaginable. The sounds of horns beeping and traffic jams drown out the local chatter and the crowing roosters. In the open air restaurants, shops, beauty and massage salons we feel the heat and humidity, a welcome cool breeze, and the relaxation of a healthy Thai massage. The smells and tastes of Thailand are hard to describe. On the streets, food is cooking everywhere. Eating is a daily adventure that always makes me smile. The food aromas mix with body smells, urine and other waste smells, sometimes tantalizing, often distasteful; always memorable. How lucky we have been to be a part of this! It is Thailand. Mai Bpen Rai.