We’ve Been Around The World…

Though we haven’t seen it all, by far, yet.

We bounced DED-DEL-EWR-BWI-MCI-BWI-DCA-YYZ-HKG-BKK… then DMV-KRB-CNX-REP-BKK-DEL-DED. A real, true circumnavigation.

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Intrepid Adventurers. One having her morning conversation with long-tailed guppies, one grimacing at the daystar.

It was a lot of travel – especially as we hadn’t planned on doing more than the Thailand leg, until American Thanksgiving and we ended up flying back to the States and Canada. Both of the tiny humans are troopers, however – they had Christmas in Kansas with their maternal great-grandmother, saw wild ponies on Assateague with their maternal grandmother, had a fancy family dinner with the paternal great-grandparents, then tromped around Thailand and Cambodia with the paternal grandparents and aunt.

We saw temples and shrines a-plenty, and Asha developed a propensity for shyness near the end, after the thousandth Chinese photographer snapping pictures of her (only a few asked – in English or Chinese! – leave to take her photo).

We saw many of the temples of the Angkor complex, from Bayon to Bantey Srei and Preah Khan, including Ta Prohm – the “Tomb Raider” temple. Claire, Anne and I took a cooking class in Chiang Mai and learned how to make half a dozen dishes each – from spring rolls to mango sticky rice, larb kai to tom yum and tom kah. The Asian Scenic cooking school in Chiang Mai is worth every baht (thanks, Anne!), and our instructor, A, made it all worthwhile. We even learned how to make blue sticky rice (the photo above is from a restaurant in Koh Phi Phi, however – The Mango Garden). We visited a floating market outside of Bangkok, and a number of temples in Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well.

The hardest part of it all was time zones and having kid-friendly days: hard sometimes, with everything scheduled as it was, but infants are usually pretty easy, and the toddler went with the flow better than we anticipated. It’s been a relief to get back to our regular schedule, though, since little kids thrive on routine, and our routine was “get up and explore!”

The worst unfortunate side effect of it all, however: now Asha is camera-shy. All the people snapping all the pictures means that if you hold up a camera or a phone, or ask if you can take a picture, she covers her face (and has hidden behind Adam or I when possible). I need to learn how to say, firmly, in Japanese and Korean “No pictures.” and “Don’t take pictures of my kids.”

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