Greetings! My knee surgery is scheduled for tomorrow so am looking forward to getting that out of the way and focusing fully on recovery. I’m happy to report that my elbow is improving – less discomfort with movement and increased mobility – very encouraging!
Since I am going under the knife tomorrow, I wanted to at least get a few pictures from Thailand up. One of the first things we did was a cruise on the canals of Bangkok and one of our stops was the Royal Barge Museum. There were several barges on display – these are around 250 years old with beautiful carvings and lots of gold. They were used by the king and royal family for special occasions. Enjoy these pictures from the museum – click to enlarge:
One of my favorite activities on the trip was a boat trip to a mangrove forest that is in the process of being restored. In recent years as new trees have been planted, monkeys that had previously lived in the area and had left have now returned. These are macaques ( think that is spelled correctly!) They are not at all shy and the group of about 30 of them ran right to our boats as we approached. This may have something to do with the fact that we brought bunches of bananas to feed them. We threw the bananas to them and did not touch them but got close enough to observe behavior – fascinating! Too bad I don’t have a video instead of individual pictures:
One of the major reasons this was a great trip is that our leader was superb! He’s a wonderful person, very outgoing and funny, was very helpful and caring of how everyone was doing, and full of wonderful information about everything every day. Also, there were only 12 people on the trip – so nice to have a small group! And everyone in the group was wonderful and got along with everyone else. So nice! I met some great people! This was an “Overseas Adventure Travel” run trip and I highly recommend them. They have excellent trip offerings around the world and guarantee no more than 16 people per tour. I don’t think this will be my last trip with them.
I have much, much more to share, but this is about all my left hand can take in terms of typing (hand positions affect the fractured elbow) so I’ll end this post here. I’ll be back after surgery!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi