Tuesday, January 28, 2014

An unforgettable night in Bangkok

Our last night in Bangkok was one to remember.  Oh my, was it.

We made reservations at a fancy restaurant based on someone's recommendation.  However, the getting to the restaurant made the night very interesting.

On the way to the sky train, we passed by the protestors and saw the electronics charging station.  How smart is that?

Going on the sky train...

Because of the protests, we were searched by the policeman.  And get this...he apologized.  Can you believe it?  How sweet and nice are the Thai people?

We followed the directions to the restaurant, but the directions were very wrong.  Very wrong.  We got lost.

But we passed some cool places along the way.  

We asked several people, and they all said different directions.  And then we asked a taxi driver to take us there, and he took us one block and then let us out because even he didn't know where it was.

As we get closer, we are walking down a dark, deserted street.

And we pass a man peeing (or at least it looks like he was peeing) on the side of the road.

He sees us.  And then he turns to us with his willy in his hand.

And he jiggles it for us.

Oh, yes he did.

I was shocked.

I didn't know what to say.  Or do.

Bridget took the "teacher" approach and yelled "Oh, no you don't" as she made her arms into a big X.

It was hilarious.

And unforgettable.

 We finally made it to the restaurant.  It was BEAUTIFUL.

I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture beforehand.  It was SO good.  Seriously.

And as we were walking back to the sky train, guess what we saw?  The sign to the restaurant.  Really?

Bridget ate so much that "Bertha, the baby" made an appearance.

On the sky train, Bridget saw this sign and said, "Oh, look. They have special seats for mummies."

And I said, "Oh, you mean monks?"

She felt such like a dork.

And I couldn't stop laughing.

And the protests keep going.  I'm telling you...it is one big, lively party down there.  That's what it is.

The next morning we hopped on a bus and a ferry to the beach.  Stay tuned...

Snake farm

This day was crazy reptiles day in Bangkok.  After the monitor lizards, we decided to go to the Snake Farm and see some snakes.

On the way there, we saw more Thailand protest goodies to buy.  I do love the red, white, and blue!

And check out these buses.  Do they look like they are from 1958 or what?

Finally at the snake farm!

However, it was a bummer because we got there only 20 minutes before closing time.  They closed early.  So instead of having to pay around $6.00, we only had to pay about $1.00.  It worked out pretty well for us since there wasn't much to see.

This little dude tried super hard to come up and give us a kiss.

The place was pretty though.

Then we walked around and found a place to rest and eat.

And look at their little dog who hangs out at the restaurant.  Love it!

She was such a poser too.  Had her very own stool.

Wonder what the Play 2 Girls 2 place was all about...hmm...

Protests are still in full swing back at the hostel.

Our second room at the hostel.  This place was really nice.  Beds were great.  And we only had one roommate, who was asleep when we got in and left before we got up the next morning.

Come hither lizard

Bridget wanted to go this Lumpini Park to see these monitor lizards.  They are the world's second largest lizard, behind the Komodo dragon and can grow up to about 9 feet long.

So we got on the sky train (SO much better than a subway) and went to the park.  The park just happened to be one of the other places in the city for protests.  There were 7 total areas for protests.

As you can see the protestors were very sweet and friendly and loved to have their picture taken.

I had to have a snack of Roti.  This one was different because it had egg in it with the banana.  Still very good.

Just when you thought you had seen all the protestors....there were more.  I was so excited to see people out in the city to show their support for change.

The park was a great place to "camp out".

People were sitting around having a good old time.

The park was beautiful.  Bridget read that the lizards liked to be where the two ponds connected, so we walked through the park to get there.

And met some friends...

And saw men bathing...

And met happy protestors...

And saw some amazing views...

And saw people taking a cat nap...

We were getting pretty disappointed and thinking that we wouldn't see one of these famous lizards.

Then, we came around the bend.  I looked down, and guess what I saw?  I hit Bridget to show her.  This sucker was BIG.

Look how wide he is!

Now, Bridget, being the crazy person that she is (I just love her for it) decided that she wanted a picture with the lizard.  I thought she was nuts.  But she went around and behind him and crouched down on the ground.  Then she posed in her what is now famously called her "come hither lizard" pose.  This pose became so famous that she used it many more times throughout Thailand....with statues, with waterfalls, with people, etc.  I'm not sure whether she succeeded in seducing the lizard or not.

Meanwhile, these guys were watching the whole time at Bridget doing her "come hither lizard" pose.  I said that thing could totally bite you.  So she was asking these guys what they thought.

Then they wanted a picture with her.  I'm sure we were their entertainment for the day.

This man was so cute with his Thailand flag, hat, and whistle.

He even demonstrated it for me.

Passionate people.  Happy people.  Excited people.  Friendly people.  That's what I will remember when I think of the Bangkok protestors.

How low can you go?

Bridget, by the way, I did find a picture of a monitor lizard on Google.  Check this dude out.  I told you he could bite!