...it's time to move on
Well, my original plan was to do a couple of day trips while I was in Bangkok. I had originally thought I'd do a day trip to the old capital or spend a couple days in Hua Hin. Hua Hin I found out was 6 hours away from Bangkok by bus...so that was not an option. The truth is, I decided I just wanted to hang out in the area where I was staying because other than the odd day here and there I had not taken a vacation since December 2012. Working full time and organizing this venture was tiring and I really needed to give myself the opportunity to adjust to the time difference and relax. Closely to where I was staying in Bangkok were two markets which were within walking distance. On my Second day I spent most of the afternoon at the larger market which was next to the temple. Since it was so close to New Year's the market was very lively and busy. The aroma of the various spices made my mouth water even though I knew I was not hungry. However, I did eventually have a roasted corn on the cob..there's just something about having a cob of corn in Thailand that appeals to me most likely because I equate corn on the cob with summer, my favourite time of year..and now I will be experiencing summer all year. Although I did not plan to buy any clothing (keeping in mind that I had brought over an extra piece of luggage) I bought several cotton, tunic style cotton blouses and a sweater and rationalized that a couple of them were going to gifts for my daughter - which they will be and I will ship them off to her once I accumulate more clothing for her.
On my third day, as I was strolling down the street around dinner hour I bumped into a family who were staying at Sanawan Palace and they asked if I would care to join them for a Mongolian styled meal. Now I had heard of this type of my meal from my sister. Mongolian style meals are cooked at your able by you and you select what it is you want to cook. So off we went. The place as packed and the selection of food available for cooking was incredible, from seafood to meat, vegetables. Fruits and desserts were also available. I don't really think I ate a lot, but it was fun to create and cook your own special dinner. The cost of this food extravaganza was about $4.00 Canadian which included soft drinks. My hosts who were from Alaska told me that they had been to another market just up the street very early in the morning...as in 4:00 a.m. I decided that I would like to check out that market one morning as the thought of fresh fruit first thing in the morning really appealed to me. After a very enjoyable conversation with my hosts, we were all very ready to head back to our rooms. We all commented on how tired we felt (and it wasn't just us older folks saying we were tired either) and proceeded walking back to our rooms at the very late time of 7:00 p.m. I would like to add, some of the youngsters chose to take the local transport home.