So after having a blast at the Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco, I jumped at the chance to visit the newest version, Miami. Tickets were easier to purchase and surprisingly they didn’t sell out very fast. I procured tickets for a weekend in January (I’m behind on posting, I know) and then got on to finding plane tickets. I was in dire need of a mini vacation and recruited a friend to tag along.
Our last Seattle stop was a proper viewing of Pike Place. The last time we went was the weekend, and it was crowded with people. Jules and I decided to go during the week, and there were about half the amount of people. We parked the car and explored. There were lots of restaurants and stalls set up with people seeking their wares. Food, fish, trinkets, clothing, etc.
Today, we went to the Seattle Zoo. It was a typical zoo experience. I’m partial to the Bronx Zoo, but the Woodland Park zoo wasn’t as disappointing as other zoos I have been to (I’m talking about you Philly!). My only real complaint was that the giraffe enclosure was a little small. My favorite spot was the orangutan enclosure. It was rather large and the orangutans were not feeling all the people. It was hilarious to watch them hide from prying eyes. One put one of those giant rice bags over his head to avoid looking at humans. We spent a fair amount of time exploring around. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Continue reading “Zootopia”
The next morning I had arranged a “Ride the Duck” boat tour. We had tickets for noon, so we grabbed a quick breakfast and headed back into Seattle.
We had our last Thai breakfast and walked to the beach. It was beautiful. A nice view to end our trip. We packed up, checked out, and ordered a ride to the Patong Mall in Phuket. We stored our bags and wandered around. We did some shopping and had lunch. We found the food court and had lunch at an “American” style eatery. Again the Mai Tai was weird. We had tons of time to kill, because our flight wasn’t until after midnight. We decided on a movie. We watched Kong Skull island in English with Thai subtitles. Continue reading “and so the end has come…”
Our new hotel was clean and very modern, but had terrible wifi. We were both very tired after the problems from the previous night. Denali at this point was being extra annoying so I chose to let him go to breakfast alone. I sulked in my room and tried to navigate the terrible wifi. He came back, and I was still annoyed. I left and did some shopping for last minute gifts. Two hours walking around the touristy area of Phuket in the heat, and I was ready to go. I hailed a tuk tuk back to the hotel and soaked up the AC. Denali went to the pool and when he came back, we were friends again. Continue reading “Back in Phuket”
Enjoying a very late morning, it was nice to sleep in. We had breakfast packed and took a shuttle to the airport. Afternoon flights are wonderful. Getting to the airport was easy, but inside the airport was not. It had a weird set up. We waited on a security/passport control line, only to be told when we got to the front, we had to go check in downstairs. We found the appropriate line to be on and we waited. Continue reading “Leaving Laos”
We started off later than we wanted but enjoyed a simple breakfast at our hotel. We walked down the street to get to the corner where the tuk tuks wait. I saw several tuk tuks in both directions. I asked Denali which way he wanted to go, he said left and we started walking. Half way up the block he stopped and asked what we were doing. I told him looking for a tuk tuk. Continue reading “Vientiane”
We had our normal breakfast, a mishmosh of American and local fair. We hopped in our prearranged ride to the airport and we were off. By this time, we were the ultimate frequent flyers. Continue reading “Leaving Chiang Rai, onward to Laos”
We had a late start today. We were saying goodbye to Ao Nang. When we got all of our stuff back into the backpacks, we called for a buggy down hill. They sent a man to carry our bags instead. We were never able to catch a buggy ride, even though they were advertised in all the elevators to our room. We checked out and sat down for breakfast. Continue reading “Flying to Bangkok”