We left India 45 minutes late and landed in Bangkok 1.5 hours early… figure that out if you can!
(And no, it wasn't anything to do with the time change!)
When we walked out of the airport, we were greeted by sun, greenery and a smiling cab driver. It felt like a weight was literally lifted off our shoulders. We settled into the guesthouse where we would stay for 2 nights and then went for a walk. We ordered pad thai, then sat on rickety plastic chairs beside the road to eat it.
We fell in love.
It has been hard to process India. We were so challenged, so sick, so happy, so blessed. But it really was a hard season for us.
We were pushed way out of our comfort zone. We are so thankful for what we have learned, we would not change that time, not that there is an option!
But it was hard.
Arriving here was refreshing and exciting! What will God do in this season? Where will He take us? What will we learn and who will we meet? These are exciting questions, ones that only God can answer! So we draw nearer still, feeling the ever present desperation for His presence, His word, His love.
We are spending 6 weeks travelling through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
There will be challenges, joys, exploration and rest.
We are excited for this time, getting to backpack and see, but we are also very excited for January, settling into yet another "home", our last one on this trip (where has the time gone?!)
This is the last leg of our journey. 6 countries in the last 6 months (well, 5.5 but who's counting?!)
There are decisions to be made before we go back to Canada, which makes us nervous and excited. At the moment though, we are enjoying the now.
Tomorrow morning we head from Chiang Mai, to Chiang Khong, where we will cross the border into Loas! We aren't sure when we will have internet, but we will update you all when possible!
And now, some fun pictures! Enjoy!
Our backyard in Bangkok, chickens included!
Beautiful details everywhere!
I love the markets!
Awesome owl bags!
Stopping for a break! (no thats not water on my shirt!)
On the train to Ayutthaya!
It started POURING rain! We were soaked, but it was so refreshing!
Beautiful ruins from when this was the capital (over 700 years old!)
Taking a walk through the local park.
Spotted some 3 foot long lizards! Crazy but apparently harmless (unless you corner them!)
My favourite! Elephants!
"Roti" which is essentially a fried crepe with banana, chocolate etc inside. Yum!
Sweet rice snacks.
Fruit shakes! This one was dragonfruit.
Dinner time! You just choose what you want and they put it in a little baggie for you! Voila, dinner! I chose the green thai curry, which was delicious! I did have to pull out the chicken feet, they aren't my favourite!
The market down the road.
Cute little steamed buns at the night market.
Fresh juice everywhere for 10 baht (about 33 cents)
I found a VW! The market was pretty crazy, hence the lady in there with me!
The lantern festival (like on the movie "Tangeled") is this week! There are lanterns everywhere!
Yeah. I want one.
Amazing purses and fabrics!
The cutest baby shoes!
A handle on my iced green tea (AMAZING!), how handy!
AMAZING Penang curry!
Andrew found a hat!
As you can see, we are enjoying our time so far! I will post more when I have time/internet! Which might not be often. So bear with me if Im sparse on the blog over the next month!