We did it!!!!! So we have started the big trip and I am mostly just tired. It was incredibly full on before our departure. We packed up the house to list it on Airbnb and this was a greater feat than we had imagined. Midnight bedtimes for Guy and I and our usual 6am starts with the kids definitely took its toll. We arrived in Bangkok in peak hour traffic with baggage in excess and two tired poppets. That’s the girls I’m referring to. Guy and I were beyond tired.
This trip we booked into Lebua aka The Hangover as the rooms are big and we got a great deal online through hotels.com a few months ago. Buffet breakfast was fantastic as were the beds and size of the room – one room being dedicated to our luggage and I’m not exaggerating. The other highlight was the swimming pool which was the girls’ playground as the hotel is not kid friendly – no high chairs, no playroom, no kids meals – it’s really for people looking to have a drug induced hangover. Not our current status.
Bangkok is a place we revisit most years en route to Israel. This year we took the kids to Khao San Road- our old stomping ground of our 20s traveling days – footloose and fancy free, street food including fried scorpions, banana pancakes, young people in their 20s on the search for meaning and free love. The girls loved it as did we. They have had their photos taken by many a stranger which I do question each time but in my heart it feels okay. We are often stopped or observed from afar by smiling strangers who tell us how beautiful the girls are, how cute. And then when we do engage further we tell them of our travel plans and I see it on their faces, the wildness of it all and for a brief moment they too are with us on the adventure, be it their own with their children or children to come or children that are now all grown up. It is fleeting this thing called life.
- Soundtrack ~ Pulp Disco 2000
- Culinary repeat ~ Pad Thai and banana pancake (last supper in Bangkok)
- Action repeat ~ swimming