As most of you know, we commence this trip with no plans, no itinerary, and a pretty poor understanding of the region. We instead have decided to rely upon our faulty intuition, and the valuable experience of our worldy friends. We flew through Hong Kong, a long journey indeed. We managed to watch all Ethan Hawke-Julie Delpy movies, Before Sunrise, Before Midnight, Before Sunset, (if you haven’t seen them I highly recommend watching them in succession). And on that connecting flight, someone stole Adam’s iPhone. Woops! Off to a classic start. We thought we were cool cause I brought my old iPhone to use with a Thai SIM card…surprise! That didn’t work either. Truthfully, I think you all know we didn’t really want to have a phone here anyways
We spent 4 days in Bangkok, walking through the night markets, eating mind-blowing street food, enjoying the fancy hotel (thank you Nonni and Poppy), and mostly just roamed the city.
So, this “ping pong show,” I heard about the weird sex shows in Bangkok, sure, but I never imagined there would be menus passed out on the street with itemized lists that said such things as:
- pussy smoke cigarette
- pussy shoot ping pong ball (classic)
- pussy open beer bottle
- pussy shoot dart
the list goes on. This was not unique to one single innovative establishment, but Rest assured, we agreed we were better off googling such things than supporting them with our foreign currency.
We did go and see the Reclining Buddha, which is just the most amazing thing. They go and build this huge Buddha, laying on its side, inlaid with mother of pearl and foiled with gold, and they put it in a building that just barely fits around her. what a cool weird idea. Make something so huge and impressive and stuff it in a shoe box. yeah. The tiling was incredible, all ceramic glazed, and where it has deteriorated, it is replaced with mirror and cut glass, so you can imagine that in the near fututre much of the original cermaic will be gone.
After visiting the Buddha and eating some awesome noodle soup on the street nearby, we decided to take a leisurely boat ride along the river. This is when things went South. We got on a boat, there were lots of people on this boat, small Asian people and a few tourists. Julia thought she was exiting eith Adam in tow, but once she got off and was on the dock, she realized she was trailed by another bald-headed tall white man in a black t-shirt, not her husband (ha! husband). The boat pulled away and Julia and Adam were separated, like Leo and Kate on the Titanic. Adam had the backpack with the money, new phone ( a samsung cell phone from the early 2000′s that we bought at the market and still cannot understand what the phone nuber is), and everything else! A bit of hysteria insued, an hour or two passed of Julia and Adam riding along boats, passing one another, unclear as to where they should stop to wait.
Ok, so definitely don’t expect people to speak English all over the world, but the wird thing here, is that they pretend to understand you, when they don’t! This can be very confusing when you are trying to navigate a complicated situation. Regardless, we found eachother, went back to the hotel and decided to stay in that night.