Lunch in Ayutthaya
Bangkok / Thailand

Lunch in Ayutthaya

My husband, who has gone from Mr. Meat and Potatoes when we met and got married, to Mr. Texting Me Pictures of Silkworm Larvae and Octopus Balls (I’m not being crude there, that’s what it’s called on the menu.) when he is eating out for business travel, order this over our hosts frantic objections and warnings. Continue reading

Ayutthaya with Kids
Bangkok / Thailand

Ayutthaya with Kids

Growing up in the United States, we don’t grow up with old.  When a building is 200 years old, we’re all “Ooooohhhhh, can you imagine?  This was built before great-grandma was born!”  The oldest structures we have to oooohh and aaaahhh over are things like the Richard Sparrow House, built in 1640 and the Wyckhoff … Continue reading

Bangkok: Khao San Road
Bangkok / Thailand

Bangkok: Khao San Road

It’s hard to imagine the humble origins of Khao San Road as layered sign after neon-colored sign beckons to you, offering everything from sustenance, to chachkies, to items of questionable legality. Those origins of the road are only alluded to in the name, which means ‘milled rice.’  The first hotel was a small one, serving … Continue reading

Bangkok: Wat Pho
Bangkok / Thailand

Bangkok: Wat Pho

The Reclining Buddha behind us, and one of the oldest temple complexes in Thailand is laid out around us.  The colors, the details, and the architecture are not at all western at all, which is, of course, exactly as it should be.  But it’s also a little disorienting to me.  I don’t know what the … Continue reading