Wednesday, December 30, 2009

One Night in Bangkok, 4 Nights in Cha Am

After an uneventful series of LONG flights, I made it!!! Got into BKK last night after midnight. After standing in the immigration line (along with a couple thousand other foreign passengers) I got my backpack off of the luggage thing and went searching for my friend, Goy! I passed through 4 congregations of tour guides and taxi drivers before I saw Goy's sweet little face shine through the crowd. It was the first time I'd seen her in over a year! We hugged, step back to look at each other, laughed, hugged, cried, and the first words spoken were Goy saying "Khop khun Pra Jao!"--Thank you, God!

We had an awesome time catching up and eating a couple meals together. Then, it was time for me to get on a van to ride south for 3 hours to Cha Am where I'll be doing volunteer work. The rest of the team will arrive after midnight tonight. So, I had the privilege of enjoying dinner with some friends that are here working. They hosted me for a "VIP"--pronounced "wee-eye-pee" seafood dinner of squid with chili sauce, tom yum gung, and som tam. Below are some snaps of the evening, including a sign in the restaurant for a house on the beach WITH FUR. I love this place!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Journey to Thailand Begins

สวัสดีค่ะ! (Hello!) I'm leaving early in the morning for a trip to Thailand. I'll be doing some volunteer work south of Bangkok on the front end of the trip and then travelling north to Chiang Mai for the vacation part of the trip. I'm so excited to be back in Thailand and can't wait to be in the "Land of Smiles" again!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow day in RVA!

Richmond got blasted with about a foot and a half of snow! We've had so much fun being out in it. Today, it's starting to melt a bit, but tonight will probably freeze again. Oh well, we'll enjoy it while it's here!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Merry Christmas!

It's been way past forever since I last posted anything, but I'm feeling like crankin' it back up again! I'm headed to Chiang Mai in less than 2 weeks, so I'll be posting stuff from there too.

Here's my pup, Maybelle, sporting her Christmas apparel.

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