Bangkok (BKK)

Hi!

 Here we are in Bangkok. Arrived last night, Bert was at the hotel reception when we arrived. Went out for a nice thai meal and met up with Bert’s friend Nott for drinks. It was fun, went to a karaoke bar listening to Thai songs.

Today Bert played tour guide and brought us aroung BKK. Went to register for my conference and then went to the Grand Palace. We took the boat bus to get there which was cool. The Grand Palace was slimply amazing! We are now in the Kho San area checking it out. Roger, under bert’s expert advice, is trying to book the flights for the last leg for our trip in January.

For those of you who do not know Bert I will give you a quick synopsis. Bert is our friend from Germany who Roger met in the North of Thailand in 1994, 12 years ago. In January 1996, Bert came to visit Roger in Edmonton and they went skying in Banff in the rockies which is when I met Roger. Roger and I are together thanks to Bert :-). Since then either Roger or both of us have travelled with Bert, usually around Europe many times. We have been to visit his family in Bavaria a number of times. Bert spends about 10 weeks a year in Thailand and South East Asia every year and is therefore a great guide.

Until the next internet cafe… 

  

 

 

Konnichiwa from Japan

After 21 hours of flying, here we are in Osaka.  We flew from Montreal to Vancouver and then onto Osaka.  As expected, business class rules!  Champagne, sake, and port along with a great japanese meal.  Of course, after sleeping only 2.5 hours the night before and with the fine beverages on the plane, we both had a nice 6 hour nap on the plane.  Time went by so quickly that we didn`t have time to watch a movie during an eleven hour flight.

Japan so far has been great.  The signs on all the restaurants and stores are all so bright and “cartoonish”.  We took the train from Kansai airport into the Namba area and made our way to our hotel.  The hotel is actually really quite good.  We were a bit nervous because we had a really, really hard time finding a hotel in Osaka.  We ended up finding this hotel last week and it was a lot cheaper than any other places we looked at. 

Gerald was already here when we arrived.  We headed out for supper and a few beers.  We had a great meal and a few Asahi beers.  We then walked around taking in the sites.

Well, better get some sleep if we want to start getting used to the time difference.  Tomorrow morning, we are going to Kyoto  for 2 days before coming back to Osaka to fly out to Bangkok.

Talk to you all soon.

Marjorie and Roger 

 

Ready, set, GO!

Well, here we are at almost 1:30 am the night before (or more accurately, the morning of) our departure. We just finished packing. Whew, it sure does feel good to be all ready to go. And with a 21 hour flight, we’ll have time to get a bit of sleep on the plane.
Almost all the flights are booked except for the last week. We’ll figure out where we’ll go for the that week once we’re in Thailand. We’ve even managed to book some of our hotels. All in all, we are in pretty good shape.

The fact that we are about to leave on a 7 week trip still really hasn’t sunk in yet. It probably won’t until we are in the air.  We are excited to get going and can’t wait for the plane to touch down in Osaka.
Well, we’d better get to bed. The alarm goes off in 3.5 hours.

Talk to you from the other side of the world.

Marjorie and Roger