Again, sorry for the lack of updates on our life lately.  I think we somehow got a little busy.  Whit was on a 2-week TDY in Dili.  I've been dealing with 2 broken computers (on the plus side, I've finally rooted my tablet and now have Android 4.0 running on it - thanks Josh!).  And it seems like the entire USAID community descended on Bangkok for about 2 weeks immediately after Dili.  Whit should be updating about her trip to Dili in the next couple of days, but for now I'll share some pictures from when she was gone.

The Dili trip occurred over the long MLK holiday weekend.  Besides playing a lot of golf and hitting up some Bangkok bars, I took a trip to Ayutthaya with Andy, Jihi, Apple, and Apple's mother. Ayutthaya, which is about an hour's car drive north of Bangkok, was the second capital of the Kingdom of Siam from the 1350 to 1767, when the Burmese sacked the city and left it in ruins.

Apple, with her impressive knowledge of Thai history, served as our personal tour guide.  She planned each stop on the trip and explained the history of what we were seeing.  These included many temples, an outdoor market, a museum, and the royal family's summer home.  The most impressive, in my opinion, was Wat Mahathat with the famous Buddha head entangled with tree roots.  We also caught the very end of an elephant parade just before heading back home.

Some Ting Tong Action

Buddha Face at Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat

Wat Phra Si Sanphet 

Wat Yai Chaiyamongkhon

Wat Thammikarat


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