PeripateticProf – USA 1

21 Jan 2008

21 January 2008

 

Home again!

 

When I last posted, I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand, enroute to Pattaya, Thailand.

 

I boarded the flight back to Bangkok and was picked up by my driver for the two hour drive to Pattaya, southeast of Bangkok. My first impression o f the beach of Pattaya was a bit sour as the beach is all of twenty feet wide.

 

Imagine driving down a beach road and all one sees off to the right of the car are umbrellas and a very narrow strip of beach. Certainly, not the most impressive beach scene I have ever seen, but I am committed to stay at least three days here.

 

The Tim Boutique is located off the second road in Pattaya (the first is the aforementioned Beach road) and appears to be comfortable enough to warrant a stay for a few days. It didnt take long to get settled into my room and take off ofor a walk around the town.

 

 This is a very busy place, with swarms of  Caucasian middle-aged, pot-bellied men sitting in beach chairs and walking the streets of Pattaya (prononced pat ta YA). I dont know where all of these guys come from, but my guess is Europe, based on their attire and the different spoken languages. The beach walk is known as the the walking street and the local sport appears to be  just that-walking the street. My exercise was walking the street several times a day and at the end of the mile long street was an entertainment section, complete with bars and restaurants. It didnt take long to realize that this is a busier place than Phuket, although not as nearly as picturesque.

 

What I did enjoy about Pattaya is the frenetic pace and the multitude of restaurants and the roof top pool of the hotel. I ate very well-French-Italian and Thai food abound in a very compacted area of the beach, very close to the hotel.

 

I got into a routine, sleeping late, walking the street several times a day and dining at area restaurants. I liked it so much, I stayed nine days! It sure surprised me as the days turned into nights into days. On my last trip to Thailand, I came down with a case of the Gout, from eating too many shrimp/prawns and local Singha beer. I was very careful to limit my intake of shrimp and merely switched beer brands. Am pleased to say, the gout was nowhere to be felt in the toes!

 

It is hard to describe why I stayed so long in this place, other than it was very relaxing, comfortable and reasonable. I particularly enjoyed the French restaurant-Le Stroganoff as I dined there three times for their complete three course dinner for 240 baht or eight bucks! The Italian food was good as well and the Thai food was similarly priced.

 

On the fifteenth of January, I returned to Bangkok for four nights before returning home. Rather than stay at the Shiangri-La or the Peninsula, I stayed at the Jasmine Executive Suites, located in the Sukhumvit area of town. The Jasmine is actually a small apartment, living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath on the fifteenth floor of a high rise building. Considering the fact, that the price is one third of the Shangri-la, I am doing quite well in terms of my living expenses.

 

I may have mentioned the Princess really died and as a result a lot of the country is in an official period of mourning. Many attractions are closed and that cramped my touring a bit, as I did want to see some attractions , only to be closed. I did tour about and enjoy some fabulous street food in Bangkok. It helps that the NY Times did a story on street food while I was here and I managed to find these food stalls, much to my delight. Pork balls, samosas, crepes, sausages and all kinds of insects- no I didnt eat them! Of curious note was the number of elephants roaming the streets at night with their handlers hawking fod to sell to feed the elephants. As this is illegal to bring elephants onto the streets, they are readily viewable and it is always quite a sight to see. Bangkok is a fun place.

 

At one point, I stopped to see a travel agent that had booked some earlier trips for me. I was very disappointed to learn that my travel agent friend in Phuket was found slashed and stabbed to death in November. Apparently, it was a robbery or a relationship gone bad and needless to say, it was very upsetting to hear of Soomais murder. I did go to a temple to pay my respects and the monk was very accommodating as he fed me, and included me in a ritual to honor my deceased friend. I now sport a string bracelet and a necklace given by the monk to honor the memory of Soomai, whose murder remains a mystery. Buddhism has an appeal in the serenity it offers and I should read up on the religion. It was quite poignant to visit the temple, meet the monk and observe the ritual.

 

19 January, I left a wake-up call for 5:00 Am so I could get to the airport for my flight home. My alarm and the wake-up call failed and I woke up at 6:00 and had to make a mad dash for the airport to catch my flight. I made the flight on time, and flew five hours back to Narita, Japan. After a two hour layover, I boarded the AA twelve hour flight back to JFK.

 

As I got into my car and started back to Massachusetts, I had to reflect on a very relaxing vacation that involved very little high/lows (other the news about Soomai) and how fortunate I am to have to opportunity to travel and enjoy Thailand. I was quickly jolted into reality with the flashing blue lights of a police car in my rear view mirror! 61 miles an hour in a 35 mile an hour zone! $260 bucks-ouch!

 

The best part was to get to the house, into bed and get up on Sunday and go skiing at Butternut! To go from Bangkok-85 degrees on cloudless days to 16 degrees and skiing within 24 hours is quite a treat. The best part: watch two football games and see the Giants win to go to the Super Bowl!

 

That wraps up this blog entry and I hope to be traveling again soon and offering blog entries soo. I am scheduled to go and visit Doris in Sarasota this weekend to celebrate her 92 birthday. In three weekends, I am off to San Diego/Tijuana to play some golf with my bro-Jay. Something about the charmed life is appropriate-huh! Journey well-always!

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Mike Smith
Greg,Great to hear about your travels. I know when my brother worked in Chiang Mai he got tired of it after being there one month. Any thoughts about Cambodia and Ankor Watt? It would be a tremendous adventure. Take care and by the way the New Year’s celebration here in Sydney was amazing. Five to six shows at once (including fireworks off the tallest buildings in the city). It was watched by about 1.5 to 1.6 million people. Very peaceful and wonderful atmosphere. Only about 90 arrests all night. We “walked” the harbour area but it was literally wall-to-wall people and took about 30 minutes to go 2 blocks.Keep yourself save and have fun in Thailand. I still remember my times there with very fond memories (especially Koh Samui).Mike (and Teresa) Smith

04 Jan 2008
Thomas

21 Dec 2007
Helga

21 Dec 2007
aaliyah
i want to try this website out.

08 Nov 2007
Dan
Just wanted to let you know that Kristi and I have been reading your blog for most of your trip. It seems like your having a pretty good time. But no water or snow skiing? You have got to be kidding me. I am still waiting to read a blog about visiting a local bar, drinking a beer and a shot for less than $1, and then skiing some isolated back country slopes on homemade skis. Seriously, it has been a treat to wake-up each day to your adventures. Kristi and I are looking forward to hearing your stories in person when you return.Love, Dan and Kristi

09 Jun 2007
Steve Farquharson
Hi,Glad you liked our Wooing Tree Pinot Noir on your trip, I just saw your blog and noticed the Franz reference, it is funny, but we had another Franz in here the other day (Franz Scheurer) who also loved the wine, he runs www.australiangourmetpages.com I think he is going to feature our wine on his site soon. We are looking at distribution in the US, so hopefully soon we will have some over there.Cheers Steve

29 May 2007
John
I’d come visit!

25 May 2007
John
Yeah Lord of the Rings!!!!!!! Kate told me you haven’t seen any of the movies yet. We’ll have to change that when you get back.
The graduation party was a success, but we all missed your presence. Take Care!

24 May 2007
kga
mussels & frites my favorite!! why haven’t you written back to my most recent email? Call me soon!

15 May 2007
peter
sail in hobart it is the place to say you sailed out ofpeace

12 May 2007
Viscount
This is the first message I have received and my aussie mates in London always said Sydney was more like the US and Melbourne was like the UK.

08 May 2007
John
I can’t wait to hear about New Zealand. You must take the “Lord of the Rings” Tour and let me know how it is.

04 May 2007
peter
yes ice is it i might pass on asp after your description the beauty is better is yet to come peace peter

28 Apr 2007
KGA
I MISS YOU

24 Apr 2007
peter
hi you are suriveing thank god hsave one for me peace

22 Apr 2007
peter
food then wine its been a month we forget peace

19 Apr 2007
muriel arres
Greg, Send your blogs to Jimmy Brady. Muriel

19 Apr 2007
peter
after the penninsula was it down hill peace

11 Apr 2007
peter
greg happy easter peace

08 Apr 2007
peter
look some times you just have to relax peace

04 Apr 2007
peter
sounds good to me watch the sunburn peace

31 Mar 2007
peter
hi try swiming the pool over and then up the waterfalls my favorite in your hotel . the seafood buffet is not to be missedpeace

27 Mar 2007
peter
hi try swiming the pool over and then up the waterfalls my favorite in your hotel . the seafood buffet is not to be missedpeace

27 Mar 2007
Jim
Don’t worry about any misgivings. Enjoy the trip through history. It is a beautiful country and should be enjoyed for what it is. The people there didn’t want the war, nor did the troops sent over. Just don’t kiss Hanoi Jane on the lips.
Jim

24 Mar 2007
peter
we took the curse off you by having a drink in your honor on st patties day peace

18 Mar 2007
peter
that was only bejing peace

11 Mar 2007
Jim
Another day, another country. There will be no living with you when you get back.Live the dream! Suzanne said to say hello and to remind you that when you do get back there will be a good dinner and a fine bottle of wine waiting for you. Price of admission…a look at some of the many wonderful photos you have collected. Travel safe.
Jim

09 Mar 2007
John
Cute girls, cold beer, good food. Forget the Great Wall. Ride that train into Russia.

09 Mar 2007
peter
the massage are fun judi and i both liked them the food is great we never had a bad meal spend some time in the forbidden city note the trees in the gardens take your time here much to see many pictures sorry we did not take more they have good bread and thick noodles native to herepeace

09 Mar 2007
peter
the massage are fun judi and i both liked them the food is great we never had a bad meal spend some time in the forbidden city note the trees in the gardens take your time here much to see many pictures sorry we did not take more they have good bread and thick noodles native to herepeace

09 Mar 2007
Chris
Hi Greg!Im just getting caught up with your blog. My email is chrisprice117@hotmail.com. I have not been getting the email reminders that the blog was updated.Also wanted to let you know that I got the job at Brockport. Yay!Safe travels!-Chris

08 Mar 2007
Brian
Have you heard about the Qingzang railway to Tibet . Said to be
very impressive!
Best wishes

07 Mar 2007
John
Exploring is fun, but you should’ve ate the snake. I hear it has a nice spice to it.

04 Mar 2007
peter
wow peace

03 Mar 2007
peter
wow peace

03 Mar 2007
KGA
Glad to hear you’re feeling better… and while you’r eenjoying Nepal I was lucky enough to spot Johnny “Sack” Sacrimoni from your favorite show on my block!… Tony & Carmela weren’t around but last I checked Sack & Tony had some beef….

02 Mar 2007
peter
great the pictures are there yes drink straight always safer if any doubtpeace

01 Mar 2007
peter
you tellhim katie. wash hands you might get a bottle of soap anti bac to use before you dinepeace

27 Feb 2007
Kathryn Gesell
DAD! You are an educated man, I know you can post pictures on the web!! They make it so easy, Wolfie could probably do it by now! Hope you’re feeling better– call me when you can! I am out of the market now and working the hours of a normal human. Do you have your crampons for Everest??
XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

27 Feb 2007
peter
hi well you are in the groove of travel i was surprised you did go to the temple your bargain skills are growing but remember ihalf is good 1 third is bettewr but you havent bought yet india is a good place to buy and ship though expecting snow to night wellsee peace

25 Feb 2007
ggravina
Hi Greg. Jerry Gravina here, with Peter Barnett. About to share in your adventure. Looking forward to reading your blog. Please add me to your address book.

23 Feb 2007
Brian
Hi,
sorry about absence of email alerts. if the problem persists
please sign up your email address for an alert by using the email me! button. I think the problem is fixed, though…
Sorry!

20 Feb 2007
peter
well that is better i like your choose in hotels. so any pictures yet ?all is cold here 19 f this morning have not skied yet no real snow nearby peace peter

19 Feb 2007
peter
the joy of travel peace peter

16 Feb 2007
pete
We only journied to the DR and the only wild life we saw was at the bar. NOOOOO – We did have some pet flamingos and phesants, birds, monkeys lizards and Peter saw a bunch of fish. (or school, whatever)Your safari sounds absolutely spectacular, it is one of the ones I want to go on. We look forward to seeing the pictures and want to hear all of the stories!!!India will be very interesting. Buy some perfume to sprinkle around your shirt. Cheap stuff is fine. You will find out why.Happy Valentines Day – we are taking the day off and about to have some oysters and cocktails and a shrimp scampi with Chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Kawabunka!!!!!!
Peter and Judi

14 Feb 2007
peter
hi this is the part i most want to do peace peter

06 Feb 2007
Brian
May I recommend a visit to mombasa. Bamburi beach has good 4 and 5 star hotels, especially white sands and travellers.
And you can walk a quarter of a mile out to sea through knee high warm water I was there in January and I am planning to return .
Best wishes

05 Feb 2007
Brian
Hi,
Please take care in Nairobi, aka Nairobbery – it is really hazardous!

04 Feb 2007
travelblog.com
Great to see you back online!
Apologies to everyone for the disruption.
Brian

29 Jan 2007
peter
that was a great trip!!!!!you have my e mail yes

23 Jan 2007
BDM
Let me know where to send the $200.00 american dollars. If I have to continue to pay for good restuarant recommendations you probably won’t get any more. We have snow, finally and I assume your oil bill will go up. If your not already, you should check the usual food magazine suspects for articles on where your going/eating. Epicurious is Gourmet’s web,travel and leisure etc…..Enjoy.

22 Jan 2007
Judi
Hi Kate And Greg,I love that Kate found a restaurant to visit! sounds spectacular. when peter and I were at the
Fantasia Dinner we danced the Macarana with the other 1000 diners from around the world – no other place like Morrocco – Buyt your restaurant sounds divine Darling!!!!!
thanks for sharing your memories – WHERE ARE THE PICTURES????? Bring them home Kate.Be Well, Be Safe, Be at Peace,
Love you
JudiP.S. Ka Ka Give me a call when you get home – we need a day together and at the end the boys can join us!!
love your auntie Judith

21 Jan 2007
peter
i tuld you one of my favorites 11111how did you like the last show did you dance ////

19 Jan 2007
Judi
Hi guys,
your blog brings back memories – it is a mysterious country. glad to hear that you had the pidgeon pie and no stomach problems. Watch out for the spitting camel!!!
it is Crisopher’s birthday today — 33 – Dave on Sunday 27 – How did this happen – on the other hand How did my little KA Ka make it to FEz????? Glad you two have this special time together. Can’t wait to see the photos KAte!
Peace Judi

18 Jan 2007
peter
great show in mara do dance

17 Jan 2007
Muriel
Hey pal o’mine.I am loving your blogs. Your tales are marvellous and so descriptive. I heard from Ji8mmy that some light-fingered Spaniard relieved you of your money. Hopefully you have now got one of these god-awful ‘Fanny packs’- at least you’ll get a thrill if there’s a second attempt!! Take good care of yourself and have a great time with Kate. Give her my love. Bye for now – Muriel

12 Jan 2007
Muriel
Hey pal o’mine.I am loving your blogs. Your tales are marvellous and so descriptive. I heard from Ji8mmy that some light-fingered Spaniard relieved you of your money. Hopefully you have now got one of these god-awful ‘Fanny packs’- at least you’ll get a thrill if there’s a second attempt!! Take good care of yourself and have a great time with Kate. Give her my love. Bye for now – Muriel

12 Jan 2007
Peter
Now the REAL fun begins! This is one of my most favorite fun spots. Be very careful with your money, your camera and Kate. I once was offered one hundred and twenty camels, two goats and a hen for one of my woman friends. Food is dangerous if not prepared correcetly – You will be safer eatting on the French side as they say.
We had a great time in the DR – good food, drink, rest, snorkeling and Sights on the beach – coconuts of various sizes.
Peace, Peter

12 Jan 2007
Rhonda
Greg,
I am really enjoyng reading about your trip. You are alot more candid then I would be about your misadventures.
We are looking forward to the end when your are here in the Northwest again. See you in New Zealand!! Ha Ha Ha!
I wish!

11 Jan 2007
BDM
Welcome to AFRICA the DARK continent. Look west just 180 miles from Tangiers are the Canary Islands “work the trip” . Stay safe Indiana Jones Arend.

10 Jan 2007
John
Hello uncle! Well, the Jets and Giants both lost in the first round, so you didn’t miss anything special. At least the cowboys lost too. Now I’m rooting for the Saints.
Sounds like you are having a nice adventure and I really enjoy reading about it on the blog. Enjoy Africa!

10 Jan 2007
Jay
Hadn’t heard from you since Saturday so I thought maybe Avis had an APB out for you. So what are you doing for transportation when yo get to Morocco? No Avis? How about a camel or Mule? Are you tired of the other white meat yet? Thanks for the play by play of your trials and tribulations, interesting stuff. Enjoyed our chat via Skype, amazing what you can do with a computer these days. Be safe and keep your daily blogs coming!

08 Jan 2007
KATHRYN GESELL
Lucky Dog—- All this tinto y jamon sounds a lot better than the bad California Roll I had for lunch today.

08 Jan 2007
BDM
check www.saveur.com for info on Morocco. Picture site didn’t work for me?

08 Jan 2007
Joan
It sounds as though you will truly miss the Spanish food and wine and I have a sense that you won’t have to worry about the weight gain as some of the other places on the itinerary may not offer the same culinary delights – hope you’re learning how to make some of these dishes.Good travel.

08 Jan 2007
BDM
An umpire, those japanese probably thought you were Budda? Getting pick pocketed in Spain even happens here in NYC believe it or not. A friend’s daughter’s small dog died. Her father suggested she bury it at home in the yard. She dispatched it to a suit case and headed to the bus terminal. While purchasing a ticket at the window her bag was promtly stolen. A happy ending to a sad story. For that 7.00 PM hunger you better start filling yours pocket w/ breakfast spoils. While in Morroco I believe you can join a camel caravan for three days or so and explore the desert and eat and sleep with the Bedowin? It’s Friday at 2.30 and I’m calling it quits have a good weekend. Look forward to Mondays updates. Avis is down .02% get out there and brake something.

05 Jan 2007
Jim
Greg,
Thanks for access to your Blog.The explosives were found in a town called Amorebieta.
From what I can tell by your posts, you appear to be heading away from that area.See Google Map for Amorebieta:
http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Amorebieta+spain&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.160552,59.765625&ie=UTF8&z=6&ll=43.596306,1.120605&spn=7.574039,22.148438&om=1&iwloc=addrJim

04 Jan 2007
BDM
Just bought a 1,000 shares of Avis @ $22.20 up .32% today, keep up the good work. I hope your writing down all these great restuarants and meals so we all know where to go on our next visit to Spain. Stay well.

04 Jan 2007
Joan
Ola! Enjoying your adventures and reading all as well as email but cannotsend from here – will be back in NY in awhile. The weather and beach has been beautiful but Jamie returned to college yesterday and I feel for you – hope the girls are arriving soon.Have a good story for you but will have to wait. Thinking of you and wish you safe journeys and Felice Nuevo Ano? That can’t be right but the thought is there.

04 Jan 2007
Jim
Glad you got the crown back on. Driving around the way you are I bet your glad it’s not on the other side of the road. Any chance of getting your hands on a flag from one of the courses? You missed the opportunity last time. Still waiting for photos.

03 Jan 2007
Judi and Pedro
Hi GregorioWe are packed and ready to fly off to Punta Cana – Our chauffeur, John boy Walton will be driving us at 5:00 in the A.M. – soo unless we find some internet service you will not be hearing from sayvillians untill the 11th of january.
Stay safe, continue to drink and eat well – be careful at the gas pumps!!!!
Bon Voyage – Judi and Peter

03 Jan 2007
BDM
Sounds like things are progressing one way or the other. You certianly didn’t miss anything here in the states. No snow in VT or Europe. Live to eat and enjoy. Good Luck.

02 Jan 2007
KATE
Christopher Columbus— give me a call!! Try my cell phone– did you get the message i left you the other day??
XOXOXOXO KATE

02 Jan 2007
Jim
Yo’ Marco Polo
I just wrote you a message but forgot to hit the OK button. Well here goes again.Now let me get this right. You lost a crown, got kicked out of a museum for trying to beat the admission and got you wallet lifted. Aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? Next time try sewing some fish hooks upside down in your pocket and slip an empty wallet in there. If someone trys to lift it you will have caught a big fish.
Actually it sounds like you are having a great time. Still waiting for the photos computer boy. Get with it! We are in Florida right now. Yesterday was a chili cook off at the pier and I’m paying the price today. Last night we sat on the beach and watched the fireworks. Two round of golf, but no 79’s recorded.
Lookig forward to your next post.

01 Jan 2007
Jay
Avis must be punishing you for screwing their car. Maybe they want you to deliver bread for them to work off your bill. We want pictures! You know what they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Have a great day.

01 Jan 2007
peter
well it is good to hear that this sounds like a normal travel day . we had duck with cherries the french way by judi the french cook happy eat ing and donot forget the walks/////////

01 Jan 2007
Judi and Peter
Hope you have a great new year – the sun is just setting here. We are
heading to the dock for sunset and oysters! Good luck with Avis and
All. peace judi and peter

31 Dec 2006
Judi and Peter
Hope you have a great new year – the sun is just setting here. We are
heading to the dock for sunset and oysters! Good luck with Avis and
All. peace judi and peter

31 Dec 2006
Jay
Do you have any plans to celebrate the New Year?

31 Dec 2006
travelblog.com
Happy New Year!
Brian.

31 Dec 2006
Jay
Can’t wait to hear what you will be doing next on your trip! Your screw ups are more fun to hear about than the actual country. At least you are eating well. I sense another refi will be needed at this rate. Can’t wait to see the bill from Avis! Doesn’t sound like you are following my credo of “Common Sense” so far.

31 Dec 2006
Sparkle
My God Greg, Good thing you don’t have the negative Arend gene or you would be on a plane home!
Love from your sister,
Spark

31 Dec 2006
Joan
I have been enjoying hearing about your adventures and up til now was unable to communicate back.Thinking of you; sorry you had negative experience in Barcelona it is really an incredible city for all of the arts and design as well as being fun.Thinking of you and wishing you great adventures in the new year. I don’t know how you will ever top 2007 but that in itself is pretty wonderful thought. Stay safe – you can’t be lost – they’re all just minor detours. Best, Joan.

31 Dec 2006
dave
Feliz anno nuevo! Sounds like a good adventure so far! Don’t forget the grapes.

31 Dec 2006
John
C’mon Uncle Greg you weren’t lost, you were “exploring”. I thought a seasoned traveler such as yourself could reframe such statements. However, it is kind of fun to not know exactly where your going, as long as you arrive somewhere.

30 Dec 2006
Sparkle
Hope this email finds you in good spirits, literally! Happy New Year,
Stay safe.
Love,
Spark

30 Dec 2006
Peter and Judi
well it seems you recovered from your earlier run in with the banditos money belt good idea even pouch around neck better did you pull a knife on him / //well we leave for the d r on the 3rd. looking forward to going. hope you have a great new year celebration!
Greg- found this in the paper. God forbid but if you get sick, here is how to find an English speaking Doctor. The web site is for the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers. You can join for free and are charged only when and if you use their services. The web site with info is www.iamat.org.
We are enjoying your adventure stories – Could become a book – keep it in mind. Happy New year from Sayville!!! We will think of you when we bang our pots and pans and toast our loved ones near and far!
Peace
in your journey… Judi and Peter

30 Dec 2006
Jack Mandel
Dear Greg; Be Alert at all times. You’re not in the safe confines of NCC.Happy New Year! Your buddy, Jack Mandel

29 Dec 2006
Brian
Sorry to hear about your loss.
Many people I know have been robbed
on Las ramblas, and it is
very unpleasant when it happens.
I hope you have made a police report.Best wishes
Brian

29 Dec 2006
KATE
dad! please dont tell me stories like that i DO NOT want to hear about you getting pck pocketed! if you need help with spanish CALL ME
I LOVE YOU

28 Dec 2006
jay
Sounds like you better keep your hands in your pockets at all times, get traveler’ checks or buy a money belt. Sounds like a dumb American got put together. I guess you need your little bro there to watch out for you.

28 Dec 2006
John Price
Vineyards, golf course, pool, Audi – Sounds like you started off the trip on the right foot, except for the crown.

27 Dec 2006
jay
Glad you made it safe to Barcelona. Check out the wineries.Jay

27 Dec 2006
Peter and judi
How Sweet – know that the love you give is the love you have – sounds like a Beatles song!
How is the tooth??? that sounds painful. love Judi
sounds like a good red. Where are the rest of the red wines???
Peace
Peter

27 Dec 2006
Jay
Hope you had a safe flight to Barcelona. I have spent the last 25 hours in bed sleeping if you call that sleeping. Lots of sweating and chills is more like it.

27 Dec 2006
PeripateticProf

Two days and counting, still have some details to attend to!! On top of all of that, the new tooth crown is loose. I need to find a dentist!

24 Dec 2006
judi and peter

Hi Greg

have a great journey

22 Dec 2006
PeripateticProf

Tried to get a visa for China today at the Chinese Embassy in NYC to no avail. The Embassy is only open for limited hours and it looks like I will have to try and enter India, Nepal, Tibet and China without a visa.

19 Dec 2006
BD Mayer
onfirm reciept via normal email and blog. Thank you

18 Dec 2006
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