An archive of the journeys of Dave and Cori wherein they found things, took pictures of them, and laughed a lot while poking each other.
When Flying Internationally...
Remember to leave early. For instance, 4am.
The less pleasant the weather, the better. Here we could have done better with an actual snowstorm, or say, hail, or ducks flying into the side of the plane while still on the tarmac.
The worse the weather, the more of an adventure, for you and the pilot. For instance, you don't even know if you're on the right runway if your visibility is a maximum of only 3 feet in front of you.
Sincerely, its better when the weather isn't great, because the clouds are amazing.
Its nice when things clear up, too.
But then you start to ask "are we in the right place? Isn't this supposed to involve water... and islands?"
Remember, even if there's a sequence, it may not be "in order," or even "in English." In this case it was in English, but there were two lines and the numeric sequences were seemingly randomly picked.
The beef or vegetarian options are usually better than the chicken.
Do not give food up, even for cute looks.
Play with any and all provided entertainment devices until they break. Then continue to push buttons.
When landed, take as many blurry and incomprehensible photos of the freeway as possible, but none of the airport.
Especially focusing on signs in the language you haven't started to learn to read yet. You'll quickly discover however, that you see these signs everywhere, and once you learn what they say, you'll realize you're taking pictures of the equivalent of "Proctor and Gamble," and "AEP."
Then, be sure to go to bed somewhere other than the back of a van.
When learning a foreign language, I'm certainly spoiled. I was educated in French from kindergarten (grade 0) through grade 10. The first six years of that education were in an immersion program. Half of a day of class was spoken and written entirely in French. My middle school years (grades 6-8) were at a bilingual school that tried to place multi-lingual teachers in common subjects, such as math and science.
That's how I found out that the Belgian way of counting is different than French, but only in certain sets of 10 (70,80,90.) The confusion about what to call dinner is another interesting difference.
Now, in Taiwan, I see that the playing field of language is even further mingled. The mainland Chinese way of saying 一 or 1 is pronounced differently in some cases than it is in Taiwan, but not in normal counting. I've even heard that 0 is pronounced differently. In Chinese, the number 二 (er4) or 2 is pronounced differently once you count above 100, or when you are askin…
Our first evening in Bangkok, we ate at Hemlock, a Thai restaurant just north of the Khao San area. With it's dim lighting and white linen table cloths, the restaurant felt intimate yet upscale.
The menu was extensive, offering standard Thai dishes as well as some unusual ones. Our food was delicious as well, yet the prices were mid range.
Perhaps the most memorable part of eating at Hemlock was the fantastic view we had looking out on to Th Phra Athit Road:
In our direct line of vision was the Anal Tour sign.
Of course we had our share of laughs and juvenile jokes while nibbling on lettuce wraps and sipping on masala tea, but we found the most amusement in watching others as they confronted this absurd sign.
Some people stopped dead in their tracks, while others merely glanced at the sign and chuckled.Others strolled by the sign nonchalantly, did a double-take, then quickly back pedaled while reaching for their cameras.
My favorite was a solo traveler who after spotting the si…