Monday, April 7, 2014

Last dinner

Our last night in Bangkok. We were surprised how much we loved it here. It was one of our favorite places.  So much to do, so much culture, amazing food and people.  Fancy living right next to crazy alley ways. And, you can't forget friends.  Our lifelong friend (well, family really) Gary was here and it was so nice to spend 3 months with him (and as a bonus - we got to spend it with Cameron too!). We will miss them and our time in Bangkok, but I imagine we will be back again.

And Pam.  So much to say about Pam.  Ava got it so right the other day when she was talking about how much she loved Pam and was saying "Pam has a huge imagination.  When I want to play horse or dog, she can make up great stories.  And, she makes really good voices for all of my stuffies." Turns out, that is really special.  I don't know any other person with Pam's imagination. Her dedication to Ava was unbelievable.  She worked so hard to make sure she was teaching her everything she needed to know, but not just at a minimum.  Every day was a creative feat. She is meant to be a teacher and she is one of the best. We miss Pam every day.  We knew what we had when she was with us, but now that we are apart, we have grown even fonder.

From our parting card to Pam: 
"Our family has had the unique opportunity to travel and learn more becoming citizens of the world and about each other. You enhanced every aspect by being a companion, teacher, and family member. Your perseverance and professionalism is indisputable. The intensity and attitude that you approached work was always impressive and can be seen in the profound changes that Ava made this year. It is clear that we are stronger family by having you apart of our adventure. Most important, we want you know that this is just the beginning. We will not be together for every day of the coming year but the lessons that we learned together and from each other will remain with us. This experience will become part of who you are and not just something that you did. The opportunities and trials that lay ahead will be enriched by the person you have become. No matter where you are remember to never stop exploring. This life is what you make of it and yours is going to be remarkable. We are sure of that."


It has been so fun to see the Ramseys throughout our trip.  Sara and Leo came to visit for a quick weekend and we had some quality time together. 1) Ava and Leo love each other.  2) Arlo LOVES Leo. Made for a good time.

Somehow the only night photo that survived was this one.  I know better ones were taken....where did they go??? All I can say is, drinks at Kudeta for sunset, dinner at EatMe, drinks in Pat pongs and more...and a night cap at Maggie Choos.  Sara did test out the swing.

Floating Markets, Wholesale Market and Breakdown

Chaiyut took us to the Floating Markets outside of Bangkok, which were fun to see.  The items for sale were definitely too touristy (umm, every stall had the same EXACT stuff from China), yet we managed to stop at almost every stall.  Because, who knows, maybe 2 seconds later at the next stall we will realize we DO really need that plastic pack of 10 tiny elephants. Or, we could definitely benefit from a super duper horrible reproduction of a Chinese knock off handbag.  Yes, I do mean a reproduction of a knock off.  They are that bad.

Nevertheless, we still had a fun time weaving around the canals.  One our way home we stopped at the largest pagoda in the world, no, Asia, no South-East Asia, no, maybe Thailand?  Chaiyut knew it had some significance, just wasn't sure what.  Turns out that is important when telling a story, but we were happy to go anyway.  The best part was that we went to a wholesale fruit and veggies market to buy items for our dinner that night ( I was trying out my "Poo" recipes).  The people in the market said we were the first white people to ever come there.  I believe them.  There were no white people prices.  We seriously bought about 50 pounds of Thai basil for about 45 cents.  And I am not lying.

Another funny story.  On the way home, in the middle of nowhere, Chaiyut's car broke down.  It just stopped. He just laughed it off as we coasted to the side of the road in 90 degree heat with 2 young children.  No problem.  Not at all.  He stayed with the car and flagged us down a random taxi driving by on a side road who took us back to Bangkok.  The whole thing took about 10 minutes. Chaiyut didn't charge us for the trip. Thanks. He is a good guy, that Chaiyut.