Trip Start Apr 13, 2013
2Trip End Apr 14, 2013
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I left my mom's, where I had spent the night, early and headed for the Wat Thai DC Buddhist Temple in Silver Spring, MD for their Songkran celebration. Songkran is a celebration of Thai New Year. The way it's celebrated in Thailand is people dowse each other with water but in Maryland it's celebrated mostly with a food festival.
I've been to Songkran at Wat Thai before but it wasn't the same this time. First, I've parked on the street near the temple before but this time I had to park at a nearby Metro parking lot and catch a shuttle. Then when I arrived I found that they're building a new building and much of the space normally used for the event was blocked off due to the construction. As a result, there were just a fraction of the usual number of vendors, which resulted in huge lines for the few that were there.
I waited through one line. I thought I was going to be able to order both a Papaya Salad and a Mango and Sticky Rice but, unfortunately, I could only order the Papaya Salad. I waited through another huge line for the Mango and Sticky Rice. It took two hours to get the two items. I had enough of waiting in line after that so I caught a shuttle to the Metro parking lot and headed home. It was really disappointing this year.