"High Noon, Bangkok." This is
what Diel and Luzi (my dear Swiss/Thai friends – see blog archives Oct
2009-July 2010...hahaha) and I have been saying to each other for nearly two
years. We began joking about meeting up
in Bangkok in January 2012 when I was living in Switzerland. The stars aligned and what started as a joke,
as a “wouldn’t-it-be-fun-if...” became a real plan.
We met up
in Bangkok with Diel and Luzi and some other Swiss friends who had been
traveling with them as well. We stayed
in what’s got to be one of the most touristed (and tourist-y) districts in the
world. The narrow, winding streets were
packed with festively light cafes, food stalls, massage houses, street vendors
selling everything from fried grub (in both the figurative and literal sense)
to knock-off RayBans, and drunken beach-clad tourists who acted like there were
on spring break in Cancuun. In short,
very charming aside from the Phalangs (Thai for “white people”). But, the hotel was nice and the watermelon
shakes (blended frozen watermelon...why didn’t I ever do this in the summer before??)
at the cafe below were divine.
and Luzi spent more time with her family, Lauren and I bopped around Siam
Square and visited some of the city’s most stunning temples. We spent hours wandering around the vast
grounds of Wat Po (Wat is Thai for “temple.”
I think it’s pronounced “vot,” but I was with a group of native German
speakers, so that might not be entirely accurate.) By the end of this trip, I will have enough
pictures of temples to wallpaper a small house.
Just a Bangkok street view.
One of hundreds of pictures of the inside area of Wat Po.
Many beautiful Buddhas.
Monks chanting in the evening. Mesmerizing.
and a half hectic days in the city, we flew south to the beach to relax and
hang out with Diel and Luzi and Sigal and Daniel.
Arriving at the airport, trying to figure out how to get where we're going.
perfect. The beach was gorgeous. You could get watermelon shakes and cold
beers at the bar and manicures and Thai massages at the massage hut. I spent hours reading and lounging punctuated
by dips in the water to jump in the waves.
Every evening after we would shower and walk into “town” to have dinner
Low tide at the beach.
Book + Beach = Yes Please
Lovely ladies enjoying an "apero" on the beach.
Perfect ending to a wonderful vacation.
I got to
spend another fine (that’s for you Luzi) adventure with Diel and Luzi and make
two wonderful new friends, Sigal and Daniel.
They made me miss Switzerland and remember with fondness how lovely my
year there was. I got so lucky to meet
the people that I did and, in addition to planning a future trip to China, am
counting the days until I can visit La Suisse again.
speaking of getting lucky to meet people, as we were waiting for our luggage in
the airport in Bangkok on our way back from the beach, I heard someone behind
me say my name. I turned around to see
Lisa, one of my best friends from high school, and her husband Ryan!! Neither of us had any idea that the other was
in Thailand, so the shock (and then glee) rendered us nearly incapable of
having a real conversation. What a
delightful stroke of chance!
In the end, it's a small world.