Collin gave me the gift of a few hours to myself to roam Sukumvit (the neighborhood of Bangkok where we are staying). Sukumvit is the perfect little place for us. Itâ€™s quieter than Lumpini or the other parts of the city that are pulsing with nightlife. We have everything we need, though, and more.
Our serviced apartment is located inside one of these tall pink buildings (below). Itâ€™s a hotel room in the sense that every morning someone cleans it for us and gives us all the basics that we need; itâ€™s an apartment in the sense that we have a kitchenette and a washing machine. Itâ€™s a nice combo, if you ask me.
So back to my morning out–I knew exactly what I wanted to do with at least one of my hours: get a traditional Thai massage. After a 30+ hour journey from my parentsâ€™ house in Middletown, Delaware to Bangkok, Thailand, I was ready to be pampered. The traditional Thai massage did not disappoint me.
Our little neighborhood here is pretty family friendly, so I wasnâ€™t too concerned with selecting my spa. Iâ€™ve heard stories of people going for a massage in Bangkok and getting something a little different than expected. So, just to be sure, I chose a really nice-looking spa that boasted all of their treatments and explained them in detail in the brochure.
For a mere 350 baht (approximately $12.00), I got a full hour massage. The massage included â€œpassive yogaâ€ which means that the massage therapist put me in all kinds of yoga positions and then massaged me. It felt amazing. It was like an incredible hour long stretch combined with a massage. Afterward, I felt so incredibly relaxed. This is me sipping my lemongrass-infused water at the end.
Then I found my way to a little tea house. It was tucked away a tad off the street, but I saw itâ€™s cute pink storefront peeking out beckoning me to come have a tea party for one.
I probably wouldnâ€™t ever go out for a tea party for one back in Arkansas or on the east coast. But this morning, it was just what I wanted to do.
Now Iâ€™m back to our tidy little abode and the kids are napping while Collin reads our Lonely Planet guide to find something fun to do when they wake up.
In other news, thereâ€™s a revolution going on here. I knew that, but I wasnâ€™t really sure what that meant. Iâ€™m still trying to piece it all together, but the basics are that there are protesters who are very unhappy with the current Prime Minister and the majority party dominating the government.
Tomorrow the protesters plan on marching through these city streets encouraging people to join them. On the 13th (one week from tomorrow) they will shut down the city for at least three days and perhaps up to twenty (per the Bangkok Post). We plan to leave the city on the 11th to head either north to Chiang Mai (a hip city full of art and amazing cuisine) or down south to the islands. Either way, it should be fun!
For this week, Iâ€™m enjoying the comfort of getting the kids back into a routine, albeit a new one in a new (to them) land. We are still dealing with jetlag (little heads that pop off the pillow at 1:00 am ready to party and want to sleep all day long), but the routine is helping with that too.
Both Senya and Juniper are doing exceptionally well here. They seem happy and not overwhelmed at the cultural difference. They are little celebrities, though, and everyone smiles at them. Senya is a bit shy, so she sometimes doesnâ€™t enjoy the attention. Junes eats it up like itâ€™s her mealtime.
I miss Zuri; everytime we get back to our little apartment, I half expect her to be waiting and guiltily trying to snuggle me into oblivion about her napping whereabouts (always on some forbidden piece of furniture). I know sheâ€™s in good care with my parents, though.
Thatâ€™s the update for now~