I am home. Alllll the way home in Brooklyn. I was gone for 6 whole weeks! Which, I’ve decided, is a long time. Especially since, upon returning home, I observed that my apartment smelled like.. a memory. Sigh. So. It is good to be back, although my life is about to be very different (because I have to get a job and can’t just bum around being a poor student anymore).
But, in the meantime I’ve been spending hours (literally, hours) editing pictures from my trip. And well. There are just tooo many to post. So. Here are the pictures I took on my phone. The quantity is much shorter and more fragmented. But, perchance, you will feel like you were there. (Don’t worry, I’m only posting the best and most gripping ones.)
(Looks like I only have 1 picture from there on my phone?)
One afternoon we visited the Royal Palace. It’s druther large. But has separate buildings rather than separate rooms (i.e. a building for the throne room, a building for the temple, etc.)
Ko Samet, Southern Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
During our 21 hour lay over.
My Closing Thoughts on the Trip:
1. My favorite country was Vietnam. We got to have a lot of ‘true’ cultural experiences there (like chaperoning kids for a pool day and taking public transportation alone), which eventually won me over. But, I also really liked the 21 hours I spent in Turkey. Istanbul is VERY different than Southeast Asia (as part of it is in Europe) and the change of cultures was fun.
2. Before we started the trip I told Erleen and Betty that our motto for the trip was: “Yes!” Betty said, “Our motto is, ‘yes… but,” which ended up being mostly true (but, we only said no to things that would have cost a lot of money (like zip lining) or were totally disgusting (like eating a dog)).
3. And, all in all, I felt like this trip, with all it’s winding bus rides, 17 flights, and moments of frustration and cluelessness, added up to be the most incredible blessing. I feel so blessed to have been able to take this trip, and I know, it’s one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ trips that I’ll be savoring forever.
4. So, I give the glory to God. For making this trip possible. For making the world so diverse and crazy and connected. I love it.