Probably the best part of being in Thailand is that you’re not in China. Leaving Shanghai found me in the back seat of the fastest driving cab driver I’ve every experienced. I was 99% I was 100% going to die. I can report that in-fact I did not die and made it to Bangkok.
Bangkok is stupid hot, a little less dirty, and way less polluted.
I had the weekend in Bangkok to look around. You’ll see below I did the Grand Palace Temple, The Gold Mount (sucks), and the Weekend Market. The boat ride is how I got to the Grand Palace. I probably should have tried to do more but the locals kept lying to me telling me attractions were closed, in an effort to try to get me to go to some outlet market in which they would get a kick back for sending me. Not Cool!! So I failed to see the Reclining Buda which is supposed to be amazing!!!
On Sunday I went to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. I took the local transit which is incredible and very east to navigate even for a stupid American like myself. It’s half flee market half new goods market, and literally the largest shopping place I’ve ever been. I was really impressed how much relevant and on american trend so much of the stuff was. A lot of really cool stuff, plus a couple of really hard looking market cats.
The rest of my time here will be work in dark room so I’m afraid that’s all the fun I get. Which for a work trip with me is probably a record I have no hope of breaking.
Hello Kitty is a person! (Double Click to Play)
I guess in an effort to prove the internet isn’t full of total BS. I went to the place I posted the picture of the other day and took one to prove it validity. The area I was in to take the picture is called the Bund. It’s right on the water and has the famous skyline view. Although this is just one of the skylines.
Shanghai is 7X larger than NYC and you can see it. Holy crap this is a big city. It makes NYC look like a quaint hamlet. You can see in the picture I took from my hotel window Shanghai during the day… This is not a rainy overcast day. This is a beautiful sunny day in Shanghai. The cloud cover you see is smog and pollution. Well like I said I won’t have much more time to take pictures so this may be it for China…. Next stop Bangkok..
This is the hotel I stayed at in Shanghai (Double Click to Play)
Ok so right now I’m sitting in the Alitalia business class lounge at JFK. I’m waiting for my China Eastern Air flight to board. Several things are not boding well for this trip right now.
1. As you might have guessed if you have ever spent any time on Alitalia this lounge is a dump… literally everything is covered in a thin layer of gross. Other than the free Budweiser it’s not much better than the terminal.
2. I got here pretty early and have had a bit of time to research China Eastern Air. It looks as if their business class is slightly better than JetBlue’s economy seating. I realize no one reading this that knows me is very concerned about this. I sleep everywhere and anywhere no problem…. Still I had business class dreams and they are quickly being dashed..BTW this is a 15 hour flight straight through so nice seating would be a pretty big plus.
Anyway I’m on my way to Shanghai China for the rest of the week. Then Friday I head to Bangkok Thailand. I’m there Friday night I believe till next Wednesday the 3rd. Then I head home.
So, I have the weekend in Bangkok so I will try to get out with my camera and make the best of all of this… Don’t expect many pictures as this is a work trip….. work=noFun #thatsWhyItsWork
I’ve posted a picture of what the internet tells me Shanghai looks like.
Listen I know there are other things I could be posting about here…. For one, a couple of weeks ago we were with the family out in Montauk and it was lovely. This past weekend we were with Kate’s parents out on the lovely island of Nantucket.
In this case though I’m posting a crowd pleaser. WNYC is doing a video series on Bodega Cats:Bodega Cats in NYC. It’s voiced by the owners and it’s the best. Bodega cats are known for their badassness. This just spotlights a few throughout the 5 boroughs.
I also added my Nike+ info back to the site. Notice “runs” in the menu on the left. It’s every run I’ve done and it will continue to update. Much more often than this site!