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Goodbye, Bangkok, Goodbye!!

Ah, Khao san road. My temporary home away from home – and I would be leaving back to Canada so shortly!! I decided to “splurge” on a sexy hotel called D+D right on the strip, the free breakfasts and rooftop pool made for a great oasis amidst the noisy city.  I loved waking up and knowing I had a short time to enjoy this amazing city before heading home, and after a swim and visit with Phil, I made my way around doing some last-minute shopping and exploring before I went home.  I had time to visit a seven eleven (or two, lol) for strange asian candies and treats to amuse my friends back home with.  I also got my last Thai massage and met up with Mr Carter for a beer and a good chat.  My last night, sad to say, I slept and didn’t party, I had a few drinks and took in the sights but to be honest I was anxious to be home again.

My sweet rooftop pool at D + D

My sweet rooftop pool at D + D

The next day I boarded the minibus to get taken to the airport and realized I had forgotten my Dad’s iPod charging in an internet cafe a few blocks down! DOH!! I went the whole trip without losing the damn thing and then I tripped at the finish line. Gah!

I honestly don’t remember much about my flight(s) home except I was totally miserable because of my stuffy sinuses.  There was trouble with ear pressure equalization as a result of this, and some wicked headaches and sniffles for me. The guy beside me might have legit thought I was dying. Well, at least we had the leg room emergency seats.

After a quick and uninspiring stop at the Mumbai Airport, we boarded a new plane bound for Heathrow, where I bought as many cold meds as my credit card could handle and blacked out for the final nine-hour leg of the journey home!! I looked like a straight up hippie after spending two months in SE Asia. I had a perma-tan, my hair was long and unbrushed, i had a about a thousand bracelets on my arm and I was carrying my fire stick, too!  People were looking at me funny, but I was all like “namaste” and they left me alone 😛

It was so nice to see my mom waiting for me at the airport!! She cried, the big baby, and maybe I did too – a little.  Two months had passed so fast, I felt like a whole new person but also like nothing had changed since I left.  Canada seemed so dry and orderly after the chaos of Asia. But still – it’s home and I was glad to be back.

Besides…….I was already scheming and dreaming about my next trip….Muahahahahahah!

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En Route to BKK – Part Two

Ok so we left off at Heathrow, and my flight from London took off in a reasonable time, THAI Airlines was the BEST flight I have ever taken in my life – and it was an 11 hour long haul, so thats saying a lot.  Free booze, hot towels, extra empty seat beside me so i could take a nap (kinda) and a lovely friendly Thai girl beside me, great food (3 meals!!) and an endless array of movies and TV shows. I cant believe Im saying this but I walked off the plane totally refreshed!

As I walked off the plane and into the Bangkok airport, a secret smile crept over my face.  Here I was, totally alone in a place I had never been before, didint know a soul.  I felt compeletely capable, at peace and wondfully…alone.  I have a strong belief that we are our own best comapny, being comfortable in your own solitary presence is sometimes the best company you can have.  I felt that way walking off the plane.  It was amazing.

And then….my bag did not show up in the luggage.  I didn’t panic, i thought something like this migjt happen as I only had an hour to connect to my flight at Heathrow.  I went to the baggage are and they were very sweet, filing a report and saying it would show up on the next plane, to go to my hotel and they would send it to me.

After a quick phone call home to say I was here in one piece, I sought out my guide who was supposed to meet me at the airport…..but there was no sign of them so i trusted my luck and hopped in a cab.  The Thai phrases he kept trying to teach  me probably could have stuck if I hadn’t felt the whole time I was going to puke on account of his awful driving….I arrived feeling sick and disoriented – 8am Thai time, 9pm Toronto time.

I slept for a few hours and finally ended up meeting my guide Nikki who had just missed me at the airport. she informed me i was the first to arrive so i had a few days to explore before everyone else got there. Perfect!

to be continued….

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En Route to BKK – Part One

I am off!  I am also possibly the worlds most organized backpacker…anyone who saw my bag can vouch for that – it is labelled, waterproofed, inventoried and zipppered up.  Hopefully my bag doesnt get lost in transit and squelch all my hard work.

When I got to YYZ, things looked good.  After a teary goodbye to mom + dad, I got though security and met some fellow backpackers travelling to Frankfurt….annnnd one of them knows my sister. Small world!

This is where things got rough. Flight was packed, there was a fat grumpy woman beside me who seemed personally offended by my presence in the chair beside her (even though I let her have the armrest) AND we sat on the tarmac for THREE HOURS effectively pissing off everyone in on the plane.  I knew right away i had missed my connecting flight and was super stressed about it.

Long story short, flight ended up being ok and i got a better upgraded flight in Heathrow (a direct connection to BKK instead of another stopover)

Im off on the second leg of my flight!  and HEATHROW: i will be back to sample your luxury goods…someday… 😉




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