Did I mention that in addition to working full-time I began my PhD this year? Life is kind of hectic at the moment, but I am going to make a concerted effort to blog more regularly. I missed it last year.
I’m getting projects done slowly. A few minutes here and there. I try to spend at least half an hour doing something crafty before going to bed at night. Today I dyed some fibre for spinning (pictures of that when it’s dry).
Anyway, let me tell you about our holiday. At the end of last year we travelled to Thailand. We started in Bangkok. We booked all our Thai accommodation through Airbnb which was much, much cheaper than booking a hotel room. The added advantage was that we got to live like locals and Gorgeous Girl got her own room rather than sharing with us.
The downside was finding the first house. We arrived in Bangkok late at night and took two trains to get to the station nearest the house (we had to change lines – we didn’t get lost). Then we decided to follow our host’s instructions and walk. Unfortunately, through no fault of the instructions, we missed the turn off. When it became apparent that we had overshot our destination we flagged down a taxi and got dropped at the point where we could pick up the key. Then we walked (with our suitcases) to the house. Unfortunately, we overshot the lane we were meant to turn down.
This image may show you why.
It was a very small narrow road, now imagine that in the dark… I was so proud of how Gorgeous Girl travelled. She pulled her suitcase along, and carried her back pack without complaint. She rolled with the punches when we had to back track and didn’t really start to complain or get anxious until the second time that we missed our turn and had to ask for directions.
We stayed in a typical Thai apartment for the area.
The front door. Downstairs was kitchen and living area.
Second floor was the bedroom that Gorgeous Man and I stayed in and the bathroom and Gorgeous Girl had a bedroom at the very top. I suspect that one would develop excellent leg muscles if one lived in Thailand for any length of time. The steps in the house were very steep!
This was a good base, we could order breakfast from the house directly opposite. It was walking distance to the MRT station, there was a small 7-11 nearby as well as some restaurants and a park where Gorgeous Man did some bird watching while Gorgeous Girl and I checked out the playground equipment.
One of the highlights of Bangkok was being able to spend some time with one of her former classmates from Papua New Guinea who had relocated to Thailand a few years ago. It was so nice to see the two of them pick back up where they left off and Gorgeous Girl was able to attend A’s birthday party and meet all of his new friends which was really lovely.