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bombs and bangkok

hi everyone
so to begin - we are fine. so if you were worrying - don't. ma - don't.

yesterday morning we got up and took a taxi to the train station and then the skytrain to chatuchak market. it was huge! i have photos from above it, the skytrain goes over it, so if we ever figure out the photo thing i can show you. it's like the queen vic market, only like 20 times the size and better stuff too. they sell everything. pretty much everything. art, clothes, souvenirs, clothes, lamps, puppies, fish, fishtanks, birds, bird cages, shoes, fountains, water features, kittens, squirrels, jewellery, stationary, electronics and more. the puppies were so cute, but at the same time so so so sad. the squirrels were just weird. we kinda just walked around and around without a clue. we did see this one stall with really cool arty stuff but then we lost it. we walked around and around and then found it! yay! i bought jessca and hannah presents from there. i couldn't resist the stuff was really cool, the guys were really nice as well they had an exhibition in tokyo and they are preparing for one in new york. oh the other thing we bought was some wooden puzzles coz the shanti lodge, where we are staying, had a new years party last night and they had a gift exchange. you had to buy and wrap a present worth at least 100 baht (3 bucks) and then we got to choose a number and it corresponded to a present. i got a nice little journal and james got... toiletries! the shanti lodge and my mother think alike.

the party was going well and i was dancing with the thai girls that work here and drinking beer with james coz we are real men. then this guy came in and started telling us and some other foreigners that he'd been watching cnn in the next guesthouse and that bombs were going off in bangkok. yeah. so that was a bit scary. anyway, he told the manager and she didn't seem so concerned. lots of people started looking it up on the net and reading about it kinda made me feel better. nothing seemed to be near us. we figured we would just stay here for the night, which we were probably going to do anyway. then the manager came up and said to be safe to stay here and stay away from all the crowds. so me and james went to bed. we only went upstairs to lie down for a second and then we were both asleep. whoops. so much for staying up till midnight. at midnight we did wake up and watch the fireworks from our window.

so today we sat around. i finished the 5th book i have read since we've been here. now i need a new one! then we decided to go back to the movies. it is so cheap to go gold class. we saw the holiday which i liked. james said it was corny, but thats why i liked it. now we're back here for dinner.

i've never been anywhere with real violence before. i don't feel unsafe. i guess i just feel unsettled maybe. it doesn't matter though coz we leave in just two sleeps. sri lanka - here we come!

happy new year, may it be filled with love, laughter, icecream, chocolate, stationery and fairy lights.

xox
mad

Posted by madandjaap 03:16 Archived in Thailand

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Can't wait until u leave Bangkok. I wasn't ever worried about you. I spent a very calm morning sweating, crying, screaming and over breathing but I always knew in my heart you would be safe.
Love Mum
P.S. Don't go on any trains or buses, boats or taxis or really anything and don't go anywhere at all but the hotel. You can still have a good time indoors.

by mcculloch

Can't wait until u leave Bangkok. I wasn't ever worried about you. I spent a very calm morning sweating, crying, screaming and over breathing but I always knew in my heart you would be safe.
Love Mum
P.S. Don't go on any trains or buses, boats or taxis or really anything and don't go anywhere at all but the hotel. You can still have a good time indoors.

by mcculloch

I spent yesterday morning administering valium to mothers and grandmothers ... every time we send a child overseas ... tsunamis, bombs - what next?

take care and happy new year

love

dad

by mcculloch

Hmmm... makes you wonder doesnt it Dad? Coincidence? Or are you breeding terrorists?
:)
Gemma

by gemma78

I was wandering aimlesly around in the supermarket and come home to all hell breaking lose. Dad screaming about bombs, sisters phoning, people I don't even know phoning to see if you are ok. So you are ok. Can you get out of Bangkok so I can stop grinding my teeth and perhaps have a decent nights sleep. Are the Crofts terrorists???? Who wrote that comment? Naughty Gemma

by bamoore

Stay safe Maddie and James. I was in Cape Town for NYE 2000 when a lot of restaurants were being targeted by terrorists. It's scary but at the end of the day you are still probably in more danger just crossing the road. Just be sensible and don't get caught up in the hysteria.
Love Iain.

by iainf

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