Entry 1: Operation Phuket

Documenting our first 24 hours of flying to Phuket, Thailand and our first 24 hours on the ground…

24-hour flying. Two delays. One stopover in Hong Kong. Thailand. We are here. It’s happening.

Let me start by bragging on my kids and boasting about what excellent travelers they are. My hopes are that one day, when they are much older, they will read through this “journal” documenting our trip and understand their crucial role in the nations.

We didn’t have melt downs until 18 hours into our travel time and I suppose I can’t even classify them as melt downs. They were more silent protests. Caleb kept conveniently stopping to “rest” whenever we were in a hurry to catch a train or a plane or whatever mode of transport necessary. Then he would sprawl out on the floor in the middle of heavy foot traffic and refuse to get up and avoid being trampled by those being herded to their airplanes. I would then grab him in my very frustrated, tired, and sweaty state and he would relax his whole body limp. My worst.

At the 24 hour mark Elly and Caleb started “karate-ing” (as they call it) each other non-stop. There were lots of tears and then there was sleep. Silent, blissful sleep. Thank God for sleep, I know why He invented it. It’s to give parents a mandatory eight hour break of silence.
I would say 18-hours in… Silent protests… Then the 24-hour travel karate episode, my kids did awesome and I’m so proud of them. Good job you little boogers. I couldn’t be more proud of you.

We are in Phuket, a large island along the Andaman Sea. We are one day in, adjusting to the time zone (it’s no joke with two young kids either) and strategizing with our bosses Phil and Sharon on our travel plans. My best experience thus far was grabbing papaya salad (so delicious) from the cutest toothless lady I’ve ever met in a local area (and by local area I mean there may have been cute little large rats running around my feet)… I’m kicking myself for not grabbing a photo with her. She had a food stand and her daughter and grand daughters were hanging around to help with the family business. Cool dudes. Here’s the recipe for papaya salad.

Here’s a video update in Thailand:

 

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So I didn’t go and find out what the “panty room” is… this was our first hotel in the “local area.” It was $15 for the night and it was fine. I’m still wondering what the panty room is…

 

From our layover in Hong Kong. We tried to go explore the city but the ATM wouldn't accept our debit card and so we couldn't leave Hong Kong Station. It was SUPER hot and humid.
From our layover in Hong Kong. We tried to go explore the city but the ATM wouldn’t accept our debit card and so we couldn’t leave Hong Kong Station. It was SUPER hot and humid.
Why is this photo sideways? So irritating. But these dudes road the train into Hong Kong with me during our layover. They are super cute. Do yourself a favor and turn your head sideways do you can see the photo better.
Why is this photo sideways? So irritating. But these dudes road the train into Hong Kong with me during our layover. They are super cute. Do yourself a favor and turn your head sideways so you can see the photo better.
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This is where we are in Thailand!
Clearly this is my main image. It's a beach in Phuket that we are currently near. It's beautiful. That's all.
Clearly this is my main image. It’s a beach in Phuket that we are currently near. It’s beautiful. That’s all.