After a tumultuous 24 hours of multiple busses, 5hr stationary road blocks, locked out of our closed up hotel and being led round a new city in the middle of the night by a kind homeless man (who very helpfully led us to an open hotel) we've arrived in Costa Rica. A little weary after a restless night in a hot, windowless room but revived with a coffee by the beach, were ready for one more connecting bus today!
Today was a great day – in fact, they've all been great days recently. I've been offline for a while.. out in the world exploring China A country that has surprised me at every turn (pleasantly, thankfully) and kept my social media cravings at bay thanks to rampant and restrictive censorship. We've spent the past few weeks catching trains across this vast country from the west in Chengdu, through the ancient Silk Road hub of Xi'an and now into Beijing. Learning and experiencing a country I had only known of through countless tales from my father. It's been a fascinating journey and we still have another full day here before boarding our train out of China on Wednesday.
Today's final Thailand day was spent cavorting around the canals of Bangkok & exploring parts of the city tourists rarely find their way to. We explored the full length of the Soeng Saep canal on the local Khlong boat, taking us from bustling Bangkok city out to the tranquil suburbs and back again. The scenery was never-repeating and the banks of the canals brought us gold-leaf-laquered Wats, teetering teak shanty-houses and riverside noodle-stops balancing precariously over the murky river waters. In less than 30minutes we were out in Bangkok suburbs – a quiet pace of life with the sounds of chirping birds and the sploshing of occasional passing boats.. a scene far removed from most peoples vision of 'crazy Bangkok'. Just shows, it always pays to get off the beaten track and see what a city truly has to offer past the well-worn tourist paths.
So today we both got to experience our first time stuck in a lift. We were trapped just long enough to discover neither of us is claustrophobic, but we appreciate the value the air conditioning brings to our lives. Thanks to the hotel staff and elevator electrician who eventually liberated us from our hot, sticky, elevator prison.