Lovely Visitors

4 Mar

In February, Orestes and I were lucky enough to have our first set of visitors: his mom, Elaine, and three of her friends, Teresa, Sandra, and Gayle. For some of the ladies, it was their first time in Asia, so coming to Thailand was quite the adventure! I had the fun of being both their tour guide and their paparazzi for a large portion of the trip, including two weekend adventures that are worthy of separate blog posts. It was most entertaining seeing Thailand through their eyes, and realizing how much I already know about the country (also how much I don’t know – there were many questions I had no answer to, other than a shrug and a comment of “Eh, Thailand”). Overall, tons of fun was had, many mojitos were consumed, and zillions of photos were taken to fully document the spectacle! Spectacle also ended up being the word of the trip – I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about that (wink wink).

Over the course of the two weeks, we did many an activity including:

* Visiting our neighborhood in Minburi! The ladies saw our mint green house, attended one of Orestes’ softball games, experienced their first foot massage, and had dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant, the Pink Sheep.  I particularly enjoyed the softball game, since the ladies hooted and hollered throughout; “That’s my son!!” I was also really psyched that they liked one of my new favorite Thai dishes, stir-fried morning glories – garlicky, tasty goodness!

* Sending Elaine and Gayle to the softball game on motor taxis! The moto guys thought we were hilarious, and happily posed for photos.

* Taking a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river through downtown Bangkok. The boat was an antique rice barge, refurbished into a classy dining establishment. The food was tasty, we thoroughly enjoyed the accompanying beverages, and the wats and palaces near the river are all lit up at night.

* Going out on the town in Bangkok. We frequented many establishments: Above Eleven, the rooftop bar we are fond of, Cheap Charlie’s, the sidewalk bar that lives up to its name, and also supplied multiple tequila shots (these ladies know how to party), a random van/bar, and others.

* Dining at Cabbages & Condoms, the Thai restaurant that funds a nonprofit promoting safe sex in Thailand. Relatively tasty food, hilarious decorations. Flower arrangements, lamps, and even statues made entirely of condoms. Over the top? Yes. Fabulous? Also yes.

* Shopping at Chatuchak Market, Asia’s largest open-air market. You can find everything here, from tourist t-shirts and teak elephant statues, to pomegranate seeds, gilded llamas, and caged baby squirrels. Loud, hot, almost overwhelming, but also endlessly entertaining.

* Experiencing the smorgasbord of life that is Thailand, including but not limited to: dogs on motorbikes, the chaos of Bangkok traffic, street food stalls and their dish washing habits, German tourists picking up Thai hookers, how to successfully ride the BTS Skytrain, and attempting to identify the ingredients of Thai cooking.

* Taking trips to Khao Yai National Park, and Ayutthya, the old capital of Thailand. Those will occupy separate blog posts – I went a little overboard with the photos!

Here are the lovely ladies in action!

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2 Responses to “Lovely Visitors”

  1. Colleen March 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    What a super fun visit! Seems like you packed a lot in and saw so many awesome (and often, over the top!) sights. 🙂

  2. Elaine McCormick March 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    Darcy, you are that best. Thank you so much for agreeing to be our tour guide and photo journalist; your time and efforts are greatly appreciated. The trip was amazing and we all enjoyed our time with you and my favorite son. Thank you for all that you do everyday to make others feel special. You are one amazing woman and I am proud to call you family. Love Ya!

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