WEATHER: Same rainy season weather - hot and humid, with a shower in the evening
Our cat Bronson is still in the pet hospital, so we have the day free to explore the city. We got an early start (to avoid the heat HAHA) and took the Sky Train to a stop near the river.
In addition to being called the "traffic jam city of the world", Bangkok is also known as the "Venice of the East" as the Chao Phraya River flows through it and is a main artery for people and barge traffic. Today's destination was a river boat ride and a visit to some of the temples in that part of the city.
It humbles me a bit to realize that English is the universal language of the world. Most of the Caucasians are European or Australian. I hear quite a bit of Russian when we are around foreigners. We sat next to some young women from Slovakia on the train. It is interesting to hear the Thai speak broken English to communicate with the Chinese, Japanese, and Euopean tourists who struggle with English, too. It is challenging for both sides of the conversation.Walking (a bit lost) toward the ferry, we encountered 2 Caucasians also appearing a little lost. They are Swiss, and we decided to try to find the ferry together. We did.
There are all kinds of boats that go up and down the river....
But first, we had to quench our thirst......Thailand has some weird alcohol laws. Since today, Monday, is a Buddhist holiday, there were no alcohol sales whatsoever (in markets or restaurants or bars) for the weekend before the holiday. And, even without a holday, alchohol is not sold ever between 2:00 - 5:00 PM. So, we had a window on Monday before 2:00 to get our first beer in a long time. We found a cafe and ordered two tall ones.
Fortified, but not cooled off (no A/C), we visited a World Heritage Site temple. It is famous for its reclining Buddha statue.
In addition to the Grand Palace itself, there were again many other beautiful buildings. The architecture and attention to detail are amazing.
DINNER: Needing to use up some tomato paste the homeowner had left, I made spaghetti. I threw in some Thai greens for body, and to give it a bit of an Asian twist.