We celebrated Christmas Eve Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve with friends. Dad was a trooper and tolerated being dragged from one party to the next, quickly making friends with people that even we didn't know. Dad took in the sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok, visiting the Ancient City, JJ's, China Town, Saturday Market in the King's Park, and The Jim Thompson House.
We traveled to Chiang Mai (northern Thailand) and went fishing, saw a very entertaining elephant show, held monkeys and watched a monkey show at the monkey training center, and went zip-lining through the rainforest with the Flight of the Gibbon.
We also traveled to Koh Samet and enjoyed the beach, muddy motorbike rides, good books, fresh coconut smoothies, fresh sea food on the beach (literally on the beach... our flip-flops had to be saved from being swept away be the water forever).
We watched movies (and watched Dad get a good laugh out of the movie Elf, when he goes up the escalator for the first time), played 12 games of cribbage in which Dad trashed talked us (and rightfully so since he won 7 of the 12 games). His laugh, "thinking about which card to throw into the crib song" and whistling crashing airplane sounds somehow made it hard for us stay mad at him for beating us to a pulp (and skunking us several times) though. :)
Dad loved Thai food, especially green curry. Mike and I ate as much non-Thai food before he came, gearing up for 2 weeks of pretty much straight Thai food, but surprisingly found that we didn't get sick of it during his visit. I even found myself eating Thai food over American food for breakfast.
Mike (as he observed me eating rice & green curry for breakfast instead of french toast, waffles, or omelets) said, "You're going all Asian on me!" Probably not, especially after eating muffins for breakfast this morning, but hey, it's progress. :)
I didn't take a ton of pictures because Dad did, but here is a little selection from his visit.
|In Chiang Mai with Christmas tree made out of CDs|
|small market in CM|
|Khao Soi-- typical northern thai cuisine: curry noodle dish made with chicken (or beef or pork) and served over Chinese Bah-mi flat egg noodles and topped with crispy fried noodles. It's delicious.|
|Prune brownies, anyone?|
|Maesa Elephant Camp near Chiang Mai|
|Monkey Center near Chiang Mai|
|Fishing in CM|