I have a week off. Â I’m quite excited about that. Â Tomo and I are going to Thailand for the week, first a few days at an island resort in Koh Samui and then a few days in Bangkok. Â I already feel like it is too short of a trip and I haven’t even left yet. Â The key is to relax, right? Â I hope we can relax and explore Bangkok at the same time. Â This trip is taking advantage of frequent flier miles before they expire and using free nights at a hotel. Â Probably not what is necessary to stimulate the economy, but I can’t do it all myself. Â Hey, we are flying an American carrier and staying some nights at an American hotel.
One nice thing about leaving on a Sunday instead of a Saturday is that there’s plenty of time to get stuff done before you leave. Â I’m happy to report that I am departing a very clean apartment – it will be nice to come home to it. Â I’ll have a day to recover at home as well (and do homework) when I return. Â
This is my first week long Asian travel experience since this time last year when I came to Japan on vacation. Â I definitely want to take advantage of living in Asia by visiting places in Asia. Â There’s still a lot I have not seen in Japan as well. Â We have plans for a ryokan sometime later this month. Â I’d also like to go to Taipei. Â I anticipate that I will only get a slight taste of Bangkok that will leave me wanting more. Â I’ve never been to Bali and I think I would enjoy it.
This morning I was going to mein lokale (the neighborhood Starbucks) and bumped in to some colleagues. Â They were co-conspirators to the naked man festival. Â Usually I think, “Uh oh, white people” but I always enjoy these colleagues. Â However, it must have been foreigner day at the Starbucks because it was FULL of gaijin. Â It seems there was even a family reunion. Â I didn’t think my area was that full of foreigners but I guess I was wrong. Â It seems we are everywhere in Nagoya.
I hope I am able to post some pics from the vacation. Â We’ll see.