Monday, October 09, 2006

We're going to be leavin' on a jet plane!

So we were supposed to go hiking over this weekend, I was all about it--wanting to get in the last of the nice fall weather, see more pretty colours, and the like...But Andrew was tired and just not in that hike-y type of mood, so we switched to plan B which was to have a relaxing weekend, and possible to drive up I-90 for a day hike on Sunday...which also, as you might have guessed--did NOT happen, once again, boo-hoo for me.

As my consolation prize, since we just purchased tickets to go to Thailand in January (our first real vacation, ever!) we went to Barnes & Noble in the U-Village yesterday to purchase a Lonely Planets guidebook on Thailand. If I'd had my way, I think I might have bought more travel books =) but since Andrew's long-time buddy, Stu, has been living in Thailand for the past year, Andrew pointed out that more books weren't really necessary since Stu has generously offered to help host and advise us on our sight-seeing plans.

On one of the first pages of the book is a map of Bangkok.... and as you can see if you google a map of this city, the streets border on insanity. One of the first sentences in the getting around section starts off like this "any city as large and unplanned as Bangkok..." with another sentence fragment describing "a mystifying array of winding streets" and yet another section explaining that street numbers "are arbitarily assigned by developers and don't always run consecutively." Hmm... (!)

For most of yesterday and some of today I've been happily burrowing my way through this travel book...Outside of spending time with Stu and experiencing Bangkok, I have another major aspiration: to be a beach bum! There's many beautiful sandy beaches along Thailand's southern peninsula; however one that seems by far the nicest despite its name: The Krabi Province (and yes, in case you're wondering, it's pronounced CRABBY!). This area has lovely beaches, lots of boating, diving/snorkeling, and super fascinating limestone cliff & rock formations. The one downside: it's a 14 hr bus ride from Bangkok, and Andrew can attest to the fact that I tend to regress in age the longer we spend on any form of transportation.
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So I think I can imagine myself in Andrew on this beach, getting a sailboat ready, or kayaking, or maybe just taking a nap. =)

1 comment:

Jen said...

I'm SOOO jealous!