It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Random Grabs

We've got no travel for the next little while, so I thought I might dip back into my diary archive and throw out a few "random grabs" from the last five and a half years of us living overseas.  Enjoy!

Bangkok : 27th February 2006

Afternoon All,

Just a quick Bugle today as I'm off home to see how
Khun Prakat and his sidekick are going with my garden.
I bought the plants and pond last week and the boys
arrived this morning to put it all in. 

I'd worked out a basic garden plan in my head and with
a few words of bad Thai, bad English and lots of arm
waving, pointing and smiling, we seem to have got it
sorted out.  When I left they were in deep
conversation about extending a powercord so I could
have a fountain in the pond.

Have discovered some huge supermarkets, Tesco Lotus
(from the UK) and Carrefour (from France).  Carrefour
is so big that the staff wear rollerblades so they can
get around quickly.  It'd have around 40 checkouts and
sells everything from washing machines to live fish,
and lots of food in the middle.  Tesco Lotus is the
same but on a slightly smaller scale.  There are lots
of little local supermarkets too, and apparently
there's a Foodland on Sukhumvit (our main street)
that's having an Australia Food Week at the moment
with lots of stuff from home, so I'm going to try to
find that shortly.

Caught up with Gary, Gyumi, Simon, Binny, Craig &
Millie over the weekend and everyone seems to be
settling in well.  I'm picking up a few new words of
Thae each day and, whilst it makes the Thai's laugh
when I try to speak it, it does make a difference.

Finally used our pool on the weekend and it's lovely. 
It's so hot here and just gorgeous to do a big dive
bomb into the pool and then paddle around for a while.
There's a few lazy pool loungers around under some
shady trees and they're perfect for reading and
watching the world go by.

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