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Being happy and lazy in Phuket, Thailand
Submitted by bugsly on Monday, May 8, 2006 - 00:00 Boat | Car | Core | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | Physical and Health Education | Thailand | Walk

We just spent four glorious days relaxing in Phuket, Thailand. During our time here we have gone swimming, read lots of books, eaten very good food, seen baby elephants, watched movies, and generally had a wonderful, lazy time. The pools at the hotel are over 1,000 feet in length because they are connected with meandering streams that you can swim through.

It’s been great to have a break from cities and traveling for a few days.

Bugsly


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Beautiful Bangkok
Submitted by bugsly on Friday, May 5, 2006 - 00:24 Boat | Car | Core | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | Physical and Health Education | Thailand | Walk

Our time in Bangkok has been great fun and VERY HUMID.

Tuesday we went to a new HUGE shopping center called Siam Center and Siam Paragon which just opened a couple of months ago. It was enormous and a new concept for Bangkok. It seemed very popular with all kinds of people, especially young adults and teenagers. We had Pad Thai Noodles for dinner, my favorite!

Today we got up and met a guide named Jup Jup who took us through the perfumed flower market. We needed to buy some flowers to leave at the temple that we would be visiting with her later in the morning. Walking through the flower market was really educational because we saw many different kinds of Thai fruits, vegetables, flowers, food and people. The day was very hot and humid so we got some water and we just kept drinking it.

We arrived at the Royal Temple next. It was very large and extremely ornate. The buildings were covered in mosaic mirrors in many bright and beautiful colors. The designs were very intricate.

We went inside the building that houses the “Jade Buddah” made our our flower offering and spent some more time there admiring the beauty of the interior of the building. On the walls, the paintings told the story of the life of The Buddah from his childhood to his enlightenment. I remember learning all about this at school. It was incredible to see it in real life.

On Friday, we got up very early and joined another family for a tour of the Floating Market. The drive to the market was about 2 hours long and we got to see a lot of the countryside which was great because so far all we had seen was the city. To get to the market, we motored through the man made canals in a long-tail boat. The boats are really narrow, my brother and I sat side-by-side with no extra room. The boat drivers are really skilled at making turns and going way too fast!

We arrived at the market, left our long-tail boat behind and began to explore. We had an hour or so to ourselves, so we looked around and watched people shopping and bargaining. The main part of the market is on the water. We sat down to have a bite to eat and I got to watch the farmers with their boats brimming with fruits and vegetables. They were selling from their boats to people on the shore as well as boat to boat. Some of them were cooking on their boats and selling the food. It was colorful and lively. They get up really early in the morning, harvest their crop and head on the canals to the market. By about noon, the market is over for the day so they can go back and tend their fields.


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An Unexpected Visit
Submitted by bugsly on Monday, May 1, 2006 - 00:59 Boat | Car | Core | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | Israel | Physical and Health Education | Tea | Thailand | Walk

Wow today has been crazy! We arrived at the airport in Tel Aviv, Israel for our El Al flight to India. We went through security and then walked up to the check-in desk, we handed the nice ladies our tickets and passports and waited as she checked them. She gave us a sympathetic look and told us there was problem, we had not known that we needed visas before we got there, we had been under the impression that you picked them up when you landed. So... we had a problem on our hands, where would we go? The first thing we did was call Igal, we told him that we may need to come back, but we weren't sure. Moving along, we realized that since the next three days were and Israeli holiday and that the Indian embassy wouldn't be open and it takes five days for them to issue a visa so we would be stranded for over a week the final decision was to keep moving.

So where would we go? Well the options that were offered were:

Montreal, Canada: wrong direction
Johannesburg, South Africa: wrong direction, (but would still like to go)
Paris, France: been there, done that
Cairo, Egypt: done that too
Bangkok, Thailand: perfect

So Bangkok it was, we called Sheraton and they booked a room at The Royal Orchid Sheraton, canceled our flight to India and we were off. We boarded the plane at eleven thirty and arrived ten hours later (fourteen with the time difference) in Thailand. So here we are, we enjoyed a meal and show last night with traditional Thai dancers that can bend their fingers almost all the way back, and Thai food which is our favorite!

Sad news too, here in Bangkok it takes five working days to issue an Indian visa, so it looks as if we may have to skip India but we still need to do some checking in.

Bugsly


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Flying into Israel
Submitted by bugsly on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 11:02 Car | Core | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | Israel | Spain | Walk

Last night we arrived late on a train into Barcelona, we arrived at our hotel that is right next to the airport. The weather was fairly warm and there was even a warm breeze too. We crashed, exhausted until we woke up in the morning to go to the airport. About three hours later we boarded the plane and flew off to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Upon landing we went through a large amount of security before we could claim our bags and then went through more with them. Finally we reached the foreign passport control booth where we were questioned suspiciously and then ushered on. We pushed our way through the crowds of waiting people and then into a taxi which took us to Rehovot, a town right outside Tel Aviv where we have our cousins Igal and Anat and their kids who aren't there but hospitably offered us their home. Also their Golden Retriever, Milky, welcomed us too!

After settling in we sat back and relaxed for the rest of the day because we were sooooooo tired!

Bugsly


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A long day and night of travel
Submitted by bugsly on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 09:06 Car | Core | Egypt | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | Greece | Train | Walk

While in Heliopolis we relaxed and swam all day, eventually stopping for a meal or two. After taking a long nap, we awoke at about 1:00 a.m. and headed out to catch our flight to Athens, Greece. After about a two hour flight we landed safely even though the winds were very strong. Luckily we didn’t miss our flight for if we had we would have been stuck in Egypt for two more days because the winds kept up. After arriving we met our good family friend Kostas who picked us up and took us back to his flat where we all slept until about five or so in the afternoon. Finally after a long day and night of travel we sat around and listened to howling wind that came all the way from the Sahara Desert.

Bugsly


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London by Day, Cairo by Night
Submitted by bugsly on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 06:45 Car | Core | Egypt | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | Subway | Train | United Kingdom | Walk

After saying goodbye to Tori and Randy early this morning at about six o’clock, I went back to bed until I was woken up by Auntie Betty and took a shower. After having another very filling breakfast of porridge we (Auntie Betty and I) headed down to the Bromely South Station and a few minutes later met up with Mom, Grandma Rachel, and Michael(Dad was going to meet us later on because he was driving back from the airport).

Later, once we had bought our tickets to London Victoria and had boarded the fast train. As we sat down trying not to step in the cup of spilled coffee from McDonalds, the train lurched to a slow but steady start. Mom and Dad were talking to eachother on the phone about what to do because we had time to kill, and Grandma suggested the Science Museum which we all decided was a good idea.

However, once we were about halfway to London Victoria we were informed over the scratchy loudspeaker that the there was a problem a t the station and that we would be re-directed to London Black friars. There was an almost instantaneous uproar of people re-scheduling their appointments on their cell phones, one lady said: “I’m pretty sure that there is a bus that goes from Blackfriars into central London…” another lady asked “Well what number is it?” and she said “I don’t know.” People were getting off at the closest stop possible calling taxis or phoning friends, meanwhile we were trying to see if there was any other possible route to the Science Museum by phoning Auntie Shelley and asking her to look on the net. After a few minutes she phoned us back with the correct way to go.

So as we boarded our second train and sat down for another twenty minutes we finally arrived at the right place. Only to find that there was a line around three blocks because all the kids are on their half term break. So the Science Museum was a bust, but we’re going back when we get back from our next excursion. Hungry, we headed to a little sandwich café before saying goodbye and hailing a cab. But we didn’t go to the airport first; we instead went to go see the food hall at Harrods. Inside you can see any food you can imagine. It’s expensive, but worth the treat. We bought 10 chocolates from a wide variety of choices and devoured them all on our way to the airport in another taxi.


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On our way to London
Submitted by bugsly on Saturday, February 11, 2006 - 05:50 Car | Core | Fly | Subway | Train | United Kingdom | Walk

Today my Mom, Grandmother, and I went shopping on Bromley High Street for lightweight clothes that we'll be able to wear while in Egypt. On the high street you can go to almost any shop that you want, including clothes, food, travel agencies, coffee, model shops, electric shops, a huge shopping mall, and much more!
As you may guess it was pretty easy to find a bunch of clothes, but not so easy to convert European sizes! At about 6:00pm we decided that it was time to go home, only to find out that our bus arrived in a half hour. So instead we hailed a cab and drove home for a warm meal.

Bugsly


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Dublin by day, Budapest by night
Submitted by bugsly on Friday, February 3, 2006 - 11:59 Core | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | Hungary | Ireland | Walk

This morning we set off for Trinity College in the center of Dublin to see The Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is a sight within itself, with all of its illuminated letters, complex drawings and beautifully scribed Latin. The book itself has been bound into four volumes and depicts the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I especially enjoyed seeing the complex illuminated letters. My favorite thing about them was the red dotted rim and gold filling on each one.

After moving on and driving to the airport, we boarded our plane to Budapest, Hungary.

Upon arriving in Budapest, we were met by the brother-in-law of the owner of the house where we are staying (a friend’s home that isn’t here right now!). He drove us from the airport to the house in the village of Diósd giving us ideas on local food, shops and how to get around. The house is very comfy, colorful and warm, even though it’s 26 degrees Farenheit outside! Then, when my dad and I walked to the local bar, we stepped inside and had the following conversation…

“Do you speak English?”

“I do not understand English!”

“Food?” (we were pointing to our mouths and making eating gestures!)

“Huh?”

Then we heard rapidfire Hungarian being spoken by the woman and the customer, and just as we were about to leave, she jumped up and pointed to the market nearby. At the market, nobody spoke English either, but we managed to buy enough food and drink for dinner.

And now we are all going to go to sleep because we have had a very tiring day.

Bugsly


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One penny please...
Submitted by bugsly on Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 13:17 Core | Fly | Ireland

Today has been a bunch of traveling, but all for good results. In the morning we headed on the Ryanair plane to Shannon, Ireland, but there was something special about these tickets. They each cost only one penny! Except the tax is ₤27.00, bringing the total to ₤27.04! It was pretty funny!

After the short flight we drove through Shannon to Limerick (Gaelic: Luimneach) until after a long search we finally found the Avondoyle B&B where we met the proprietor Evelyn and will be staying for two nights. After we settled in we went off to dinner at great modernistic pub, Collins, to have a wonderful meal. And now we are all taking a moment to take in wonderful Ireland.

Bugsly


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London at Last!
Submitted by bugsly on Sunday, January 15, 2006 - 14:59 Car | Core | Fly | Physical and Health Education | Subway | Tea | Train | United Kingdom

Wow! Yesterday and today have been packed with lots of traveling! Last night at about 11:00pm we finally got off the runway (our flight was delayed, and after we finally boarded a plane broke down on the taxiway). We watched movies and slept on the plane until we landed around 9:00am, and if you've ever slept on a plane you'll probably agree with me when I say that it really makes you feel yucky. After landing we took several types of transportation (on order): subway, cab, train, and a cab. This may not seem like much, but the whole journey to Bromley (Southeast London) took about an hour. This morning we finally arrived at my Grandma Rachael's flat, although she's is not here right now. I myself took a three hour nap, (I got about three hours on the plane), while the rest of my family chatted with my Auntie Shelley. At the present moment it is 11:20pm and I'm not the faintest bit tired, but it is about time that I turned in! Sweet Dreams!


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