March 26, 2006

Back in Bangkok

As with all the places I have been in the last 3 weeks, I didn't spend as much time in the north as I would have liked. It was a flying visit to Isahn, a flying visit to the south, and similarly I managed to cover Uttaradit, Chiang Mai and Phitsanulok in 4 days. On the plus side though, I met lots of friends: Dan, Pond, and the energitic students of Uttaradit Rajaphat University; Mod Daeng and her family (including her Mum who is my new girlfriend), plus more friends in Chiang Mai; and finally P'Fong at the Naresuan University to talk about Empirical Modelling research (although more time was spent eating!).

Now with only a few days left in Thailand, I am hanging out in Bangkok with the bestest of company. On Friday night we had a Warwick gathering at a karaoke restaurant, at which I attempted to sing various songs that I had never heard before. Yesterday I spent the whole day with the Warwick crew, heading out of Bangkok to visit Bang Pa In palace and the ancient city of Ayuthaya. Luckily we had the amazing P'Bua driving us, who (with her VIP status) was able to drive down the motorway in the wrong direction, and avoid a collision with a barrier that resulted in a whole bag of iced tea being spilt all over her car. After all this excitement, we returned to Bangkok and went for a massage! And then to top an already wonderful day, we ate sticky rice and som tam at the night market.

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