Bangkok Thailand, Day 1
Well, all that needs to be said about our first two days on this trip is that we traveled for 28 hours! However, when we got off the plane at 12:30 am in Bangkok we were greeted by the warmest smiling faces: some of our hosts from the rotary club of the city here. They were waving these Thai flags and they gave us each a handmade lei made of jasmine and roses. So beautiful and just what we needed after our long journey.
Well, promptly after heading to our room we decided to try and get our power strip plugged in so we could e-mail family. We blew a fuse. Of course. All the lights in our room, off. LUCKILY we followed the packing list and brought a flashlight which I was positive we wouldn't need. It was 2 am and took two helpers from the hotel 30 minutes to fix. Oops! We'll know better next time.
By 4 am we were asleep and got up again at about 7:30 to get ready for the day and head out for a wonderful day of sight seeing. Breakfast in the hotel was really good. I'm actually loving trying all the new food, and its only the first day! I feel like these will be really long posts but hopefully you will enjoy them. My favorite new thing I tried for breakfast was called wax apple. It is a delicious fruit that is very crisp yet juicy. Its so refreshing especially in 100% humidity.
Our first stop sight seeing was the Grand Palace or, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. I loved every minute of both places we visited today. The pictures do not do this stuff justice but we will try.
At lunch we had a wonderful missionary experience. Two of the members of the Rotary Club sat with us and through our conversation they asked us some questions about the church. They asked us a few simple things like, what is prohibited in our church and then some more poignant things like, what sets Latter-Day-Saints from other Christians sects. The 5 of us sitting at the table we able to answer their questions pretty well and I felt the spirit really strongly. Jer and I have been praying for the last several week for the Lord's spirit to help us know how we can share the gospel with those in the countries we are visiting. We asked for missionary experiences and what do ya know? We have an awesome one on the very first day we are here. I have some pass-along cards in my wallet so before we leave Bangkok I am going to give one to each of them and hopefully they can get more information on the church in their own language.
We visited the Teakwood Mansion next. It was SO cool, it is the summer home of Kings Rama the 5th-9th I believe. Very beautiful and many of the things in it came from Europe because, if you've ever seen the King and I, King Rama the 5th had a soft spot for the Europeans.
We had a nice rest and then left for our evening dinner cruise on the Grand Pearl.
I can't help but feel so grateful for this opportunity. It is so wonderful to be here with my spouse and have people taking care of us. This chance will likely never happen again. We are having a blast!