So I arrive in Bangkok after 21 hours of actual traveling. It still hasn’t really hit me where I am yet. Guess it will when I arrive in Myanmar tomorrow.
The first part of this journey will be with a small tour. On the Myanmar pre-trip there are only 11 of us. Traveled on the plane with one of the women on this trip. Sat next to an aircraft engineer who is married to a Thai woman and who just returned from a year in South Africa. He was in Hong Kong for a job interview for an American company. It made the 2½ hour flight go by quick. He was telling me about Thailand and its culture. I got a kick out of the fact that he was quite impressed that I was an actress. I thought being an aircraft engineer to be so much more laudable. Interesting how we give ourselves so little credit instead of recognizing that we are accomplished in our own right.
So I am in line chatting away with the lady I met that will be on my tour as we wait to go through customs. I let her go first and then I go and the woman at the counter tells me that I need a yellow fever shot. Oh no! Mind you I went to a clinic to get all the shots I needed. Three days before I saw something that said I needed it. So I call the clinic and they tell me it’s only if I am traveling to South America and I think he said Africa. Well it turns out that since I have a Paraguayan passport seems like I need one regardless. Ay! So she tells me there is a doctor in the airport I have to go to. “But I am a legal resident of the United States.” Even so. I go. He looks at me and stamps my entry and tells me to go back to the line this time no wait, go to the front. And so it goes that I enter Thailand. Joan, on the other side was getting worried she told me. So sweet. Now I am worried that this is going to happen trying to enter the other countries and on the next two times I am entering Thailand on this adventure. Need you all to send good vibes, good thoughts and prayers so that I make it through without a glitch!
So we take our charter mini bus and arrive at the Pantip Suites in Bangkok. It is 1:00 a.m. and it’s 85 degrees Farenheit. They say that in Myanmar it will be 100 degrees with 75% humidity. I am ready. I really am. Heat and humidity does not scare me. Here are some photos of the hotel. It has a bedroom, kitchen and living room. The bed is ginormous! Too bad I probably won’t be sleeping much in it since they pick me up at 5:30 a.m. and I am completely awake and not sleepy at all. Think it will be another up-all-night nights!
I will probably not be able to blog much in Myanmar. Spotty internet and traveling all over the country these 7 days. Will take loads of photos and report as soon as I return to Thailand, this time to stay for 3 days. We are off and running!! Hope you enjoy traveling with me.