This is what Emma earned in one evening baby sitting, one Big Ben ($100.00). I used to baby sit when I was her age and if I came home with $5.00 it was a lot. Times sure have changed.
I recently visited Souteast Asia which included several days in Bangkok. We found it a bustling city and had no fears. We were unaware of what was happening politically although there were demonstrations already at the end of October. Obviously we were shielded from what was going on and did not find out about it until we got home to the United States. In hindsight I only noted one event that might have been related. We were in Bangkok two times. Once at the beginning of our tour (Oct. 21st) and then on the last day (Nov. 4th). And there was a difference. On the first visit we eagerly went to McDonalds both for the food and for the internet access. Two weeks later on our return McDonalds was closed. For renovation we were told. It did not seem to need this. Was the closure by the government to restrict internet availability?
Ever since they tore down Shea Stadium I’ve been disappointed and saddened. It was only 25 years old. The move to tear down the Willets Point shops is another move to enrich the real estate industry in the city. The same thing happened at the Navy Yard in Brooklyn. And the same developer benefitted. We don’t need more malls, hotels, etc. in the area. We need to stop tearing down, spending and start preserving. There is a movie called "Chop Shop" which tells the story of the area. Well worth seeing.
Last day on the river.
The sights continue to WOW me, even more as I review the experience.
Next to last day on the boat. Busy day but exciting.
I’m having trouble "moving it along." There are many beautiful people and sites which I am loathe to not share. Oh well.
We visit two villages today with a nice onboard lunch break. The highlight is the Setpagone Primary School which is supported by GCF, a charity financed by the Grand Circle tour company. Note the “face paste” which is called Thanakha on the faces of girls and women. It is considered very therapeutic.