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  • Biography: Retired. Have time for the things I love: travel, my cat, reading, good food, travel, genealogy, walking, and of course travel.

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No Guarantee One Will Like Travel

Posted by Pat on January 12, 2019 in Travel |

January 12, 2562 BE

There is no guarantee that someone will like travel.

When I moved to California 50 years ago, I had never been west of Des Moines. I had no idea what to expect other than it was my decision and my new job. So, if it was a bad decision, I could just move back? Probably it would have not been that easy.

When I first traveled in 1972, some 84 countries and seven continents ago, I had no clue what to expect. I had never traveled out of the country, let alone on my own. In both cases, I made the right decisions for myself and have never regretted the adventures.

Last Christmas, I gave my niece, Mikaela, the gift of travel. “Anywhere you want to go,” I said to this novice, 15-year-old potential tourist. I was hoping for something easy, familiar, comfortable. She chose Thailand. Thailand? Are you sure? Yes, she was and thus, Christmas of 2018 we traveled to Thailand. It was full of surprises for the both of us.

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Pattaya Beach – Pick Your Style

Posted by Pat on January 5, 2019 in Travel |

3-6 January 2019 Woman cannot live by culture alone. There are various ways to get the 175 miles south from Kanchanaburi to Pattaya Beach. Trains depart for Bangkok with transfers from there. Buses and vans will accommodate. We have been there and done that. I opt for air-conditioning, a comfortable ride and guaranteed seat; a […]

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The Elephant’s World – Meeting the BIG GIRLS

Posted by Pat on January 4, 2019 in Thailand, Travel |

2 January 2019        Kanchanaburi, Thailand Today we stock up on little ripe bananas and drive out to visit the Big Guys and Gals of the Thai jungles. Eco-friendly tourism is popular. Recognizing the impact that travel and tourism has on the environment, more groups are becoming ecofriendly both with the environment and […]

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Kanchanaburi, Thailand – Marching to a Lurid Ditty

Posted by Pat on January 3, 2019 in Travel |

31 December 2018 – 2 January 2019 What does New Year’s Eve look like in Thailand? We are about to find out. Jane, our hostel host, assisted us by arranging a direct van to transport us north to Kanchanaburi. There were several options from bus, mini van, car hire or train. Each has its positives […]

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Phetchaburi – The City of Diamonds?

Posted by Pat on December 30, 2018 in Travel |

28-30 December 2018 One reason Bangkok and Thailand are so popular is the reasonable, if not cheap, price of travel. If one doesn’t get hung up on deciphering the language, travel in Thailand is pretty great. My niece and I are fortunate to be lodging with Nuj who is so kind as to drive us […]

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Returning to Siam – I’m Not Reinventing the Wheel

Posted by Pat on December 29, 2018 in Travel |

23-27 December 2018 Most every travel list of places not to miss includes Bangkok. My first visit to Thailand was in January 2015. I enjoyed myself but was not effusive with praise. This week, I revisit Bangkok and during my trip I will see this snarled, smoky and be-templed city through the eyes of my […]

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Posted by Pat on December 21, 2018 in Travel |

19-21 December 2018 History repeats itself. Sort of. About 9 years ago, a good friend invited me along for a Moscow to Vladivostok Trans-Siberian train trip. There was one small caveat. We would go in winter. Not letting a little cold deter me from an adventure, I went to a resale shop, bought a long […]

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