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December 2011

Hey, we actually stayed up until midnight!

We are early-to-bed people. It has been years since Shawn and I have actually seen the change from one year to the next and Baylie has never stayed up to ring in the event. But we just had to be part of the Bangkok crowd at the Central World plaza last night. I got a little claustrophobic in the middle of all those people, but I'm glad we were there for the fireworks!
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Posted by Pelham Family 20:56 Archived in Thailand Comments (4)

The worst part of travel....the actual travel

Long travel days are not pleasant. The overcrowded bus, border crossings, immigration officials, long lines, bad roads, no air conditioning...after 10 long hours we have finally arrived in Bangkok! The journey started with a change of plans when our passports didn't get back from the Thai embassy in time and we had to exchange our bus tickets for a later trip. Oh well, we are here now and ready for New Year's Eve tonight. I doubt we will stay out until midnight, but we are looking forward to checking out the scene around the Central World mall and hopefully we will catch some fireworks.

Shawn misses Cambodia already. His mountain bike rides around the remote ruins are the "coolest thing he has done on this trip". Baylie and I enjoyed one last trip to the orphanage. We took them a bag of art supplies and some school notebooks and pencils. It was a small gesture, but we definitely wanted to leave something.

We are looking forward to our second go-around in Thailand. Now that we have our 60 day visas we can just explore without worrying about having to make a "visa run" to the border. First thing on the agenda is to find a beautiful beach to take the place of Bali!

Posted by Pelham Family 17:08 Archived in Thailand Comments (1)

It's all the Euro's fault!

The next time I plan a year-long, around-the-world trip I am going to do everything right! When we were in Europe we just spent WAY too much money. We got hammered by a bad exchange rate and everything was SO expensive, plus we weren't really into our "travel groove" yet and we just spent more money than we needed to on hotels, cabs, food...pretty much everything. By the time we finally got into the swing of the low budget life we got hit with a couple of flights we hadn't planned on (like the extra one to avoid violence in Cairo and the one in India because we didn't realize the Diwali holiday booked up the railroad for weeks!) So then our budget was blown for Egypt and India! Plus, in India I couldn't tolerate the lowest end of the accomodation scale so we had to spend a little more to stay in some decent places - I admit I was a wimp in India.

Now we are in a beautiful place that we really like that is pretty inexpensive, but our original plans include some big budget places. So, we are making some changes and deciding to return to Thailand and stay a little longer, skip Bali, and (here's the biggest cut that hurts the most...) skip the safari in Africa. I'm hoping that if we do this there will still be some tiny bit left for us to hit a couple of the places in South America that were at the top of my original wish list.

Posted by Pelham Family 00:08 Archived in Cambodia Comments (5)

Our Cambodian Christmas Sleigh Ride

The people in the outlying villages here have figured out an ingenious use for overgrown railroad tracks that are seldom used. They have built these little bamboo platforms with engines and they zip along the tracks between villages. If they happen to encounter another car going the other way they just dismantle one so the other can get by. The cars are noisy and they clatter and rattle through some dense bushes, over some questionable looking bridges, and some jarring gaps in the track. It was like a long, flat roller coaster. Pretty fun!
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Notice I actually put on long sleeves today...must be winter!
Here is Baylie with some cute little girls her same age.
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Posted by Pelham Family 00:32 Archived in Cambodia Comments (5)

Merry Christmas!

We really miss everyone back home right now. Baylie is already planning the amazing, over-the-top, "traditional" Christmas for next year. We had a wonderful dinner at a French restaurant here and got a little homesick thinking of all of you.
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Posted by Pelham Family 01:32 Archived in Cambodia Comments (8)

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