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Back "Home" in Bangkok again

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I left Chicago on Monday, about 2:30pm (roughly 2 hours late) and had a shorter than usual layover at Narita, (not enough time to shower) before jetting off to Bangkok, arriving Wednesday at 11:10pm. ORD-NRT was a bumpy flight but NRT-BKK was smooth as silk.

We did not have a gate at BKK, but had a parking spot on the tarmac and then rode a bus up to the terminal, arriving close to immigration. This is fine with me. Often the arrival GATE is waaaaay out from immigration, and one has to walk a long distance to go thru passport control. I was the first one in line to get passport checked, being one of the first ones off the plane! I had a seat in the upper deck from NRT to BKK (but I rode in the back of the bus from ORD to NRT... no upgrade..). I survived by reading ALL of a new James Patterson novel (Guilty Wives) to pass the time. The flight attendant could not believe I read the whole thing! I gave her the book when I deplaned at NRT. She said she reads all of James Patterson's books. It was a good/fast read with interesting twists and turns. My first by James Patterson. I will read more of his work!

It took about 15 minutes to wait for my luggage, and then off to the taxi stand. Again, no line! I was being whisked into the city by about 11:40, getting to Adelphi just past midnight. Wide awake (I slept from NRT to BKK), I dropped my bags and headed down Sukhumvit to visit friends at Sports Academy. A couple of cold beers, and then a few of us went to Pickled Liver for food around 2am. It wasn't Maeng's garlic shrimp, but it was still tasty, and I was hungry. I think my head hit the pillow at about 4:15am.

I am in a "deluxe" one bedroom apartment (smaller than my usual "executive" apartment) at Adelphi, but when I checked in last night I was told I could be moved today (this afternoon) to an apartment with a balcony! That'll be a first for me. I had asked about it, but was pretty much told that it would not happen. Anyway, I am NOT unpacked, waiting to unpack when I get settled into my BALCONY apartment later on today! My clothes will have to stay packed just a wee bit longer! If I look wrinkled, you'll understand why...haha.

I'm up at 6:15 this morning. Jet lag.... gotta love it. Time to shower and get breakfast. I have a craving for fresh fruit!

Not sure what all this trip (#29 to Bangkok) has in store for me. DS is coming over also, but arriving 48 hours after me. I have two days 'on my own'... (I'll survive!!). I know that we will have dinners with various friends, and will possibly go south to Ban Bueng for a visit to the 'weekend house' of some very dear friends. I know that we have a fodors GTG on Nov 1, the day before I jet back home. I know that at some point I will observe a practice run of the royal barge procession down the river. I think there just might be an evening at Tawandang at some point (LOVE that place). I know that a dear friend is coming from Samui for a few days, and another dear friend will come down from Chiang Mai for a visit. Sounds like there will be enough going on to keep me on the go!!! (but I'll leave time for shopping)

I always enjoy being back in Thailand, and back in my favorite city, Bangkok!!

Carol

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