Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
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Bangkok Got up and after breakfast, we headed out to the US Embassy. We hailed a cab and this time decided to use the meter. We probably should have experimented on a shorter trip, but we figured we would give it a go. This was a bit further than our trip the night before to Patpong. (It seemed like a twenty minute ride). We were surprised to see the meter when we reached the Embassy to read 85 Baht!!!! We were doing the meter from now on! Well, after a quick stop (20 minutes) at the embassy for extra pages to be added to our passport, we were on our way. We stopped by the nearest internet point to check on when Lyns friend would be in Bangkok. No mail from Beth, but 4 or 5 emails from Lyns family to call home. It was about three in the morning back in the States, but Lyn finally reached her cousin who gave her the bad news. Turns out Lyns Aunt/Godmother suffered a heart attack and was on life support.
Love, Lyn and Bart
Thai street food...
This morning we woke up for breakfast which was amazing, so much to choose from and it was included in our stay at the Trang Hotel. You could have fried eggs, toast, salad, all sorts of oriental food, fresh fruit, soup, coffee, tea, and juice. After breakfast we were off to the US Embassy to have extra pages added into our passports. After a 20 minute cab ride and about 80BHT later, he dropped us off right in front. Since we held American passports we were allowed straight into security. They took our one bag with the camera and told us to follow the signs for US citizens. As soon as you walk into the office, you see people sitting to the left and two windows to the right, directly in the middle are 5 shelves attached to the wall with all sort of forms in them
Next we were off to find an internet place to check our mail and see if I could meet up with Beth, an old co-worker from Chicago who is visiting Bangkok. We were really looking forward to this, since we have only seen a hand full of familiar faces so far. It would be a treat. And all we found were numerous e-mails for me to call home and one from Bart's brothers about his uncle. I just cried as I opened the mail about my aunt who had a heart attack, and I needed to call home ASAP.. As well as Pat giving us the info that Bart's Uncle Danny was in the hospital and very sick. We couldn't believe it, nothing prepares you for something like this. Bart tried to calm me down telling everything is going to be ok. But I knew it was bad from all the e-mails. So we headed back to Khoa San Road to make an international call. The only person I could reach was my cousin Amy, I felt bad because I woke her up at 3:30 AM
After a while, I needed to get out, get out of the city and just relax and let my mind go free
After dinner, I wanted to try to contact my mom since I didn't get a chance to talk to her yet. I talked to my mom while Bart was on the Internet. She told me that my Aunt Dawn had passed away and that everyone was OK. They have all come to terms with what has happened. I was still crying, but not as bad, guessing maybe I was starting to come to terms with it as well or that it's not real since I am not home, I don't know which
We decided we needed to get some sleep since we had to get up early to meet our bus at for Koh Sumet. But of course when we returned to our hotel, we couldn't sleep. We just talked about them and our memories, hugged each other and cried some more. After awhile, Bart needed to get out and went to the internet place to e-mail his mom. In the meantime he wrote a wonderful obituary for his uncle. It spoke the truth that he would always be remembered as a happy friendly man, always wanted to give hugs to everyone and kisses for the ladies.
Finally, Bart returned to the room, we cried some more and finally feel asleep.
Nothing could ever prepare you for something like this. We have done so much traveling and had not even had anyone get sick, a car accident, nothing while we were away. We never talked about a 'what if'. Probably because we just never thought something like this could happen. What could you even do to prepare for something like this? It's difficult not being around to tell each and every family member of both of our families sorry and to hug them. We did think about going home, but knew both families won't want that from us. And that we won't have made it home in time for the services. We have learned a few things over the past few weeks, live life to the fullest, realize how lucky you are to have your health, family, friends, and possessions. Because everyone isn't as lucky as you and one day it could all be gone. Remember, if you love someone to always say it don't hold back, because there may not be a tomorrow and never go to bed mad
Love, big strong hugs, and kisses.
Love, Lyn and Bart
Our thought and prayers are out to all and now when we look up to the beautiful sky, we will see our two angels looking over us.
Barts friend Kelly....