Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Art of Unemployment

I thought I'd post some more miscellaneous shots from our travels in Thailand, just to give you an idea of how we've been enjoying our unemployment...

The day after Renee's birthday, we celebrated Michael's birthday (and hers too again) by taking a dinner cruise on the river Chao Phraya, that runs through Bangkok. It was total touristy schlock but we have to give in sometimes.

Our table was next to the Thai dancers who were putting on makeup, costumes and doing their hair. It was almost more entertaining watching them transform themselves into stunningly beautiful goddesses than the actual show.

And in the end, they recruited Renee into joining them for a traditional dance.

And what's a visit to Bangkok without a visit to the King's Grand Palace? Of course I took plenty of photos of gilded roofs and statues and murals and this pose that must be in every visitor's photo collection.

But how many people bother capturing the finer details of palace etiquette?

I think that last little image means don't wash your baby's butt in the sink, but I'm really not sure.

And the best taxi ride we had was in the Hello Kitty taxi which was hot pink on the outside and decked out with every piece of Kitty paraphernalia ever made.

Currently we're on island time and finishing up the trip by chilling out on Koh Lanta, an island in southern Thailand that is predominantly Muslim. Although it was hit by the tsunami with a 2 meter wave of water, there's virtually no evidence of any damage that we can see and it's just a gorgeous place with beaches, jungles, resorts and bungalows and some of the best pina coladas we've had in Thailand (and we've tried a few). We are no longer pale from the polar winter and are enjoying fresh fruit, long showers and endless heat and humidity. Unemployment isn't too terribly bad...for a short while, anyway.


At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Tara said...

The Hello Kitty taxi is just sooooo cuuuuute! I grew up with Hello Kitty and I still love her.

Have a pina colada for me!

Tara :-)


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