thailand: krabi

krabi was sort of like a vacation within a vacation.  you know, until i got incredibly sick.

but really, it was absolutely amazing.  we knew as soon as we decided to go to thailand that we really wanted to visit the southern part of the country, the part just filled with beaches and little islands.  despite getting sick i am still really glad we ventured down to krabi.  it only took is an airplane, a car and a boat.  not too bad.

oh, and a walk on this floating pier to get to the hotel.  

i wish there were one more chapter to this thailand series - chiang mai - but maybe again someday.  it's time for a different chapter instead.

thailand: bangkok

i did not take nearly enough photos in bangkok to share what it's really like.  but even if i took a thousand more photos, i couldn't really explain what bangkok is like.  i'd need video.  you'd have to hear the sounds of the streets, of the tuk tuks whizzing by, of vendors yelling prices in the street markets, of music and boats on the chao praya.  but i'd also need to share the smells with you.  the smells of dried fish being sold in baskets on the sidewalk [although you may not like that smell much], fish grilling in markets, fruit being sliced open around you and handed over in little bags to eat right on the street.

but, since i don't have any of those, you'll just have to settle for these many, many photos.  these are just my favorites from bangkok - trust me, there are a ton i am keeping just for me.

and if it's too many for you, well, just skip it.

up next: krabi! 

i'm back [kind of]!

hi blog friends!  the last two weeks have been, well, kind of insane, and i mostly wanted to let you all know a few things.
  1. yes, we had to cut thailand short.  but we are both alive and ok.
  2. i have not abandoned my blog.
  3. but i am still kind of enjoying my blog-hiatus and am taking some much-needed time off.
today is not the day for the full thailand-story-download, but here are a few things we did:

lit candles and burned incense at temples
dropped coins in buckets for monks
saw billions of buddha statues - and never got tired of them
saw this statue do a better yogi squat than i can
went barefoot everywhere
climbed to the top of wat arun
mastered the camera self-timer travel snapshot
fell in love with the transport of longtail boats
lazed away days on the beach
made friends with monkeys
it was a pretty epic trip.  i am still going through the 500+ photos i took before i got deathly ill [yeah... more on that later]. 

but i must say - i am happy to be home, enjoying the comfort of my bed + italian food :)