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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Temples, temples, and more temples

This is an old post that my ipod wouldn't upload:

Yesterday and today were more temples. Yesterday we stopped in Chinatown for lunch it was in a crazy market selling eveything possible. Then saw Temple of Dawn (wiki article here!). The stairs to climb to the different levels were really steep but it was a great view. DK was in a dress so she didn't go all the way up. After that we went to another market then over to the famous Khao San road. We took a tuk tuk there which was neat. We walked the road and then stopped for beers at an outdoor bar. After taking in the sites and looking at all of the foreigners we headed to dinner. We ate at Cabbages and Condoms. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was even better. Google it, it's a really neat place! They actually are part of some great things in the Thai community. Today we did a day trip to Ayutthaya. It is the ancient capital north of Bangkok. It was destroyed by the Burmese and is now mostly ruins. (Check out the Wikipedia article for more info here!)We took a train and did this all ourselves, even though everyone says to book a tour. There were only 3rd class, open seats available on the train, but we survived the ride. We found food at a market near where we got off the ferry after the train. Then we started wandering around to find our first temple. 15 minutes of walking later, we hadn't found anything. So we took a tuk tuk up on his offer & he drove us past some ruins to the first temple. It was pretty neat, another big Buddha. Right next to it was the old Palace. We climbed around in the ruins for a while. It must have been amazing when it was standing in the past, but now it is only the foundation and some chedis. After that, we got another tuk tuk that took us to 2 more temples. They were smaller and less popular, but still nice. Once we were done with this, it was raining a bit, so we headed back to the train station. Our train was at 4:30. There was some sort of delay and the train didn't get to the station until after 5:30. When we got back into Bangkok, we headed to Nana Plaza area for dinner. We ended up at a Mexican restaurant named "Sunrise Tacos." Since China is so far from Mexico & there aren't a lot of foreigners in Nanjing, the Mexican food there is pretty terrible. We were hoping for the best in Bangkok & were pleasantly surprised. They had unlimited salsa (our favorite!) and good food. I had tacos & DK had enchiladas. We made sure to enjoy every bite since we won't get more Mexican food until we come home this summer. After dinner we headed back to the hotel because we were pretty tired. Now we are planning our day for tomorrow.

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