Ok, we’re back home now, we left Bangkok early on Wednesday morning, the flight was straightforward and we were home by about 9:30 I think it was.
If you ever have the opportunity to fly with DrukAir I’d recommend them, they were absolutely fine and the food was very good.
Coming through the airport, we arrived at Passport Control where we discovered we hadn’t filled in the landing cards on the plane, so we had to wait for a while at the desk while we completed one for each of us – they require so much detail it took ages. Fortunately there was no one waiting, but while we were doing this the room filled up with hordes of men and the odd woman here and there all returning from the Hajj. We weren’t at all impressed when loads of them came to our desk (wrong one, it was for foreign passports only), surrounded us, and started laying their passports all over the place, through my arms, over our papers, pushing them closer in as if to say ‘here, do mine, do mine’. It felt extremely disrespectful, here we were following procedures accordingly, as fast as we could with two hyperactive children who were busy throwing their teddies at the official, knackered because we’d been up since about 2:30 local time with only a couple of hours sleep, and here were all these old men swarming all over us, completely ignoring the rules. Fortunately, after a little while the officials herded them away and the one attending us was enjoying distracting the kids, so we survived.
It’s cold here. Right now I’m wearing jeans and a t-shirt and I’m cold. Not freezing, but I think I’ll go put on some socks and a long-sleeved shirt. Concrete floors are chilly, and I can feel that my fingertips are a bit cold. Sebastian is excited to go to his tennis class at the club as we bought him a racket in Bangkok. We’re going to have waffles again for breakfast (we bought a waffle iron and used it for the first time yesterday, it’s great!), and I think a hot cup of coffee is in order.
Trying to get my head back into work mode, I teach the first 7 periods straight on Sunday, followed by the last 6 periods straight on Monday (8 period day), so I need to get lesson planning done over the next couple of days. Much more fun doing other stuff – just finished building a wooden model aeroplane with the boys and I have a model of a traditional Thai house to build, I’ve bought new tyres and cables for my bike and replacement spokes so I need to deal with that, and Nathan and I are planning to use all of our lego to build a huge pyramid. Much more fun than lesson planning.
Ok, starving children, and I’m cold. Better get on with it.