Tuesday, October 21, 2008
A Many Splendoured Vacation-1
A short trip to a beautiful country seems to serve merely as an appetiser- a small sneak preview.
There's so much to think about, sort out and remember. We wisely broke journey in Bangkok for a couple of days, and did wonderfully touristy things like a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya and a morning visit to the famous floating market, things we had never done when we lived in Thailand in what seems like another lifetime, from 1979 to early 1984. We caught up with an old friend of the SRE, who was kind enough to take us to a dentist as the SRE had broken a filling soon before we were to leave for the airport in Kolkata. What is wonderful about his Class-of-75 is that even if you do not remember/know the guy from your college days, there is still a wonderful bond. Thank you, A and Mrs A for your warmth, kindness and wonderful company. We also met the adorable Moppet and Munch and their parents, and of course Maggie and I felt that we've known each other for years.
(Methinks the SRE is somewhat bemused by these wonderful blog friends of mine!)
Two days in Thailand seemed way too short, but the SRE declared that it was near enough and affordable enough for us to come on our own some time. I may just hold him to this!
A view from our dinner cruise!
Spirit house near floating market.
To market, to market.....