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The Sourire Hotel
What I did
Tokkyo Airport and late nite eatery in Bangkok

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Well our journey started at 9am on the 17th in the States and finishing 12:30 am on the 19th.....none the less right into Michele's birthday; b the way, also a happy 19th July birthday to Luke (cousin Bobby's son and to cousin Jessica).

The sojourn took 23 hours on paper, but seemed like an eternity.  If left to Michele's math, the trip took 2 days.  Who's right, who's wrong?  Who cares, we're in Thailand.

The 12 hour trip to Tokyo proved a bit of a challenge to Michele, but nothing that a shower in the United Lounge couldn't take care of.  Jean-Pierre's work travels proved to finally have its merits in terms of his United Mileage club status affording us the many perks that come with it, to include enjoying the nice eatery in the members' lounge; Michele took the opportunity to feast on delicious sushi, while Jean-Pierre had his own feast with the Asahi beer.

Then it was on to our connecting flight.  Imagine our surprise to find out it would be another 6 hours worth....compounded by an hour delay.  Darkness set in and our body clock confusion kicked in.  Being that it was past 6am back home and time to face a new day, our environment told us otherwise.  Should we listen to our bodies or should we begin the acclimation to the Thai timezone?  As you can see from the picture, we settled to listen to our bodies and had a hearty meal at 2am immediately after checking in.

Our meal consisted of Jean-Pierre's, and now Michele's favorite, Tom Yum Goong and a vegetable and pork meal, which Michele dubbed "mystery meat"; she's now also that Tom Yum Goong is liquid crack given how addictive it is, no matter how spicy it is.  Jean-Pierre swears it's the lemon grass.  We'll have plenty of time to further research this phenomena.

Our sojourn concluded at 3:30 am, reliving the adventure of getting here, but no before saying a prayer for Dean....our prayers to Dean and Sandy, we love you both and are pulling for Dean's speedy recovery.

In the words of Tony Reali of ESPN's Around the Horn......"we're in a 23 hour break......see you then".

Jean-Pierre / Michele

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Auntie Mary Ann on

Thank you for sharing with us. I hope you have the adventure of a lifetime. with two kids this is not going to come often. Love you both so much

Anna Piranian on

How absolutely wonderful! Enjoy! How long will you be traveling? I guess I can't call you for your birthdy today, Michele! Enjoy. :)

Auntie Mary Ann on

Forgot to wish Michelle a very Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tushar on

Cool...If you have the time for a side trip to Cambodia, Angkor Wat is supposed to be amazing... More in tact than Machu Piccu.

auntie ruthie on

Sounds like you are having the time of your life. Can't wait to see all your photos. If you get a chance take a photo of a sunset for me. All is well here. I have my moments but I have so many memories . Love you guys.

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