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mourning the loss of a princess

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

here in thailand one thing that is very dear to peoples’ hearts is the king and the royal family. you do not make jokes about the king, and it is even illegal to step on money (although i doubt it’s much enforced) because all currency bears pictures of the king. you see pictures of him everywhere – every store, every home, even in cabs, etc. they all really love him! here’s a picture of the king so you can see what we’re seeing all over the place!

the king’s elder sister, princess Galyani Vadhana (also in the picture above), passed away on January 2nd, and the country is in mourning now… everywhere you go you’ll see pictures of her and tributes to her. thai websites often start off with a page showing her image before you go into the site itself. i’ve seen books for sale that are full of pictures of her life and the things she has done.

when we visited the grand palace on sunday, there were hundreds of thai there to pay their respects because the princess’s body shall remain there for the public to view for 100 days of mourning. everyone dresses in black or white, and like all thai temples, you must be covered to show respect, so no bare shoulders and longer skirts or pants are required. jess and i dressed properly, but it was SOOOO hot! we saw people on their way to or from paying respects, but we were having a hard time finding our way around to the hall itself, so we didn’t go in this time, but we may try again later.

sorry it isn’t too clear but you can sort of see a little bit of what it’s like through this video of a cab ride through the area of the grand palace. the trees are all lit with beautiful christmas lights to honor the princess. aung said that normally they light them for the king’s birthday only, but this time they are mourning for the princess:

feel the burn!

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

ok so as you guys can probably guess from all the pictures, we’ve been doing a lot of eating on this trip. don’t worry, we’re also doing a LOT of walking. we’ve even made a pact to take stairs instead of elevators and escalators whenever possible, and that’s pretty often since aung lives on the 8th floor of her condo and we’ll be staying with her a lot of the time we’re in thailand. and in hong kong, we had the famous yen wah steps right out the door from kirsten’s apartment – we did all 180 of them at least twice a day! (good thing we’ve got nightly thai foot massages to take care of our tired feet!)

every single day brings a new culinary adventure for us… i personally made it my goal to try the spiciest thai food that i can find since we’re in thailand (when in rome…right?) i LOVE it! you can find the best curries, satay sticks, stir fry, noodles, fresh fruit and more just about anywhere you go. there are more food stalls lining the streets in bangkok than there are ABC stores in waikiki! it’s crazy, but in a good way of course! =) i always eat the thai chilis with each meal until i can’t stand it anymore and my upper lip breaks a sweat. i’ve gotten to the point where i can handle quite a bit of heat and i can even taste the actual flavor of the pepper over the heat of the seeds. my goal is to be able to eat a whole one by the end of the trip. =)

jess has been pretty good about trying the spicy stuff too, but her culinary goal is a little different… she wants to try everything and i mean EVERYTHING. in fact, she searches out the weirdest stuff whenever we go out to eat… check out her latest culinary adventure below from our time in chonburi. if you liked the live fish video from hong kong, you’ll like this one too…


Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
my grandmother passed away last night... she was 98 years old and she lived a very full life, and passed peacefully surrounded by my family and some of her friends... even though i'm far away now, i feel an even ... [Continue reading this entry]