Bangkok, being the hub it is for air travel, was our best and most cost effective route to get to Africa. Fortunate for us, cousin Kamma was generous enough to not only let us stay with her the first time we were there but also for a few days prior to leaving Asia. We joked about upsetting her routine, taking over her space again and taking over her washing machine - all in jest.
Passing back through Bangkok we hung with Kamma, got to meet up with a dear friend of ours and visit the United Nations Eastern Pacific Region. We also spent far more time than we thought at Kamma’s planning, updating the blog, reorganizing our bags and playing at the pool.
When we were in Panama, we stayed in our friend, JR’s, beautiful condo. JR now lives in Saudi Arabia and we haven’t seen him for several years. He recently got married to the lovely Aum who is originally from Thailand. They just happened to be back in Bangkok while we were there. It was an easy decision to extend our stay in Bangkok by a day so we could see Junior and meet his new wife. We are so glad that we did! It was so great for us to introduce the girls to JR whom they have heard so much about. They were excited to share their favourite parts of Panama with him over lunch. It was also wonderful to meet Aum, someone who is so important to JR. Again, our visit reminded us that even with time and great distance, true friendship isn’t affected. JR - such a short time for you to be in Bangkok and with so much to do! Thank you for taking the time to connect.
As mentioned, we also had the great opportunity to visit a branch of the United Nations. Needless to say, this was an extremely educational experience for the girls. They learned about the history of nations working together, human rights, issues affecting countries in the Asia Pacific and administration’s work. We toured the building, sat in conference rooms and tried on translation ear pieces. This unique experience helped the girls see global citizenship in a whole new way. Conversations were opened and continue to connect with our visit as we have moved on in our travels.
Although not what we intended, this time in Bangkok was just what we needed.
So, to our amazing host (twice over) cousin Kamma, the biggest thank you. You asked us on our last night what our favourite experience was in Thailand. Well, for me it was getting to spend more than a few hours with you and a window into the incredible life that you have created for yourself. Thank you for generously letting us ‘freeload’ and sharing it with us!
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