Culture Shock

We made it back from Bangkok last night and I am still recovering from the whirlwind. There are lots of things on my mind and it will take some time to sort through all that we saw and tasted and did... Here are a few pictures...

We had the chance to ride elephants in the jungles near Pattaya. This is Mark and Jessica!
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This was the street hat we walked to get to the train station and Starbucks every morning in Bangkok. This was taken early enough to watch as the street vendors were setting up their booths/ restaurants for the day.

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This is Debbie and I at the Grand Palace with one of the Guards who was trying his hardest not to smile as all 9 of us took turns getting a picture.

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It was strange to be in a place where I was the one who couldn't speak the language and I didn't realize until we got into a taxi at the airport that they drive on the other side of the road. (And traffic lanes are merely suggestions!) They take their shoes off before entering a house. I'm told there are only two seasons in Thailand: Summer and Monsoon... Both are humid and hot.

There are pictures of the King all over the place. Diet Coke is called Coke Light because dieting is an American concept but when you shop at the drug store for face wash or lotion you have the choice between regular or whitening... In America we want to be tan. In Asia, they want to be lighter. There are a lot of English billboards that are in need of a proofreader (I'll post pictures when I find them.) And they use kleenex instead of napkins almost everywhere... they hand them out one at a time.

Their fruit is so fresh and tropical. I was surprised at how green the landscape was despite how crowded the city is.

More to come!