Things seemed to have reached a certain calm, even if it is an eerie one. The curfew should be lifted by Monday and next weekend I should be able to go into the city. To celebrate what is (hopefully) an end in the violence, have some pictures from our brief return to Bangkok.
First up, calming photos of the beach to escape the craziness that was (is?) Bangkok.
I got up silly early to watch the sunrise.
These monks must have the coolest place to doing their morning rounds.
When I saw this bird, I thought it was a toucan. Then I corrected my assumptions to calling it a hornbill. I still am not sure what it was, but he was cool, if a little camera-shy.
Unhappily sunburned, we returned to the city for a week of study visits. A sample:
At the Thailand Department of the Ten Crafts:
This is the glass that makes all the wats sparkle.
Mother of pearl inlay.
After trying to explain to this man that I did not understand how he could place those itty bitty black pieces on the masks with such dexterity, he decided that I should try. Not a career for me.
At the Royal Chitralada Agricultural Projects
These black logs are fuel made of rice husks. Nifty, no?
Art and Cultural Center--my favorite building in Bangkok
A photo of a Thai man holding the deed to his land... and standing where that land should be. Look familiar?
Hope that all is as well as it can be wherever you are. Just finished with the first week of class. That combined with a distinct lack of riots bodes well for the second half.