2015 Reflections of Gratitude

“From His fullness we all have received Grace Upon Grace” John 1:16 As I reflected on this past year, I was reminded of God’s goodness to us in so many ways.  My dear friend, Cindy, shared the above verse and it mirrored our sentiments exactly.  Much of His goodness has come in the shape and form of people!  God has surrounded us with so many warm, loving, kind-hearted generous souls who have opened their homes and hearts to us throughout our year on the road.  While I would love to list each and every one… Read More

Day 292: Bangkok Photoblog

Bangkok is a city of contrasts, the old mixed in with the new, and the cheap and inexpensive found just outside the pricier venues.  Temples and shrines are interspersed with tall, modern skyscrapers, and there are colors and people everywhere. I didn’t expect to love Bangkok as much as I did.  We spent about a week exploring the streets, shops, temples, and markets of this beautiful city and I still feel like I barely scratched the surface!  Some of the highlights?  Below is just a small snapshot of the things we saw and… Read More

Bangkok by Ryan

Bangkok, which was originally called Bang Makok, means “City of the Wild Plum”.  Why is it called that? I don’t know, but if by “plum” they mean traffic, than the name would make a lot of sense, because Bangkok is a city of wild traffic. Just like in Indonesia, scooters weave in and out of the smallest gaps in cars, and they’re either really lucky or really good at driving the scooters, because I haven’t seen any crashes so far. Maybe it’s a bit of both. Trying to cross the street? You… Read More

Bangkok Mikayla

Bangkok (the meaning of Bangkok is “Village of the Wild Plum”) is the center of nearly everything: of power, education, commerce, communication, and fun.  It is said, both metaphorically and literally, that all roads (in Thailand) lead to Bangkok. Originally, Ayutthaya was the Thai capital.  After 400 years of ruling there, it was destroyed in 1767.  Next, the capital was moved to Thonburi, but in 1782, King Rama I decided to move it to Bangkok, which was, at that time, only a small trading port.  He felt that this area had the… Read More

Day 242: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

We are loathe to do anything too touristy, as we prefer more authentic experiences, but once in a while we discover why something has become so touristy.  Bangkok’s Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of those things and we debated long and hard before deciding to make a visit.  We’re so glad we made the effort to get there.  This floating market is wonderful and it is not to be missed.  To enjoy it, however, just a few quick tips first. If you’re going to visit, try to leave your Bangkok hotel… Read More