Our first impressions of Bangkok came on the taxi ride from the metro station to our hotel. We both expected traffic to be crazy in southeast Asia, but actually experiencing it was eye opening. Thankfully we arrived in one piece and checked into the pleasant Fortville Guesthouse for a good night’s sleep. The next day we walked to the temple complex of Wat Pho. The hardest part of walking there (apart from the heat) was fending off the near constant appeals from tuk tuk drivers eager to give us a lift. We were skeptical of their advances and chose to walk instead. As our first Asian historical site, it was pretty cool. They have a huge reclining Buddha and lots of ornate temples and stupas. We wandered around until we were too hot and tired to continue.
We’ve spent the last six weeks here in Australia and we’d like to offer up a summary of our impressions of the country and its people.
It seems to me that Aussies (as they call themselves) are a friendly and informal bunch. For example, they seem fond of charming abbreviated nicknames for things. Here are just a few examples we heard or saw a lot. See if you can guess the full word corresponding to these are abbreviations: pokie, Tassie, Brissie, Macca’s, footy, sunnies, and rego. I’ll give the answers below.
Our first day in Brisbane was another “day off” for us. Now, I know you’re probably thinking: “Alan, you’re on an extended vacation! Isn’t every day a day off?” The fact is we simply need some lazy days once in a while to rest up from all our traveling and sight-seeing. Plus, Caroline didn’t feel like walking around since her injured toe was bothering her. So what did we do all day? Oh, just a little Mad Men marathon.