THAILAND – AYUTTHAYA

Ayutthaya is an ancient city, the capital of the Siam empire, built in the 1300s.  It is 52 km outside of Bangkok, and yes, there is a train that goes there.  We got to the train station early, hoping to get to the city before the heat set in.  We were not as lucky as…

THAILAND – KANCHANABURI

Kanchanaburi comes highly recommended by all the travel bloggers and tourists’ sites.  I disagree.  I wouldn’t waste the time there.  We did have a bad experience, though.  We should have taken a train out of Thonburi station but our tuk tuk driver refused to take us there, so we missed the only morning train that…

THAILAND – BANGKOK

For 30 hours I had nothing else to look at but the same wall.  The bulkhead wall of our A380 aircraft.  We left Columbus, OH around 5 am on Friday morning and landed in Bangkok around 11 pm Saturday.  I’m not sure how the time zones translate out, I just know it was a long…

PARIS

My sister, Julie, and one of my best friends, Nicole, were both in Europe for different reasons.  They asked me if I wanted to meet up in Paris, and of course, how could I resist that?  So I booked an overnight flight from Atlanta and arrived in Paris early Saturday morning.  Nicole had arrived the…

JAMAICA

Tony and I had planned this trip over a long holiday weekend.  Living in Atlanta, it was easy to make a trip to the Caribbean for just a few days.  And with our newfound love of diving, how could we resist?  A few friends of ours had advised that Jamaica is overrated, but I wanted…

THE BAHAMAS

I had spent months working on this. Waiting for the big reveal. I was so excited for that morning to come! It was Thanksgiving weekend 2013, Wednesday morning, and I had planned an entire trip for Amelia, Julie, Natalie, Tony, and myself. The catch – I was the only one that knew where we were…

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

I carried sand around with me for weeks after that trip. I just couldn’t get rid of it. You see, it was stuck. Stuck in my wheel. The handrims on the sides of my wheelchair, that I use to propel myself, are hollow (to make the wheelchair lighter). There is a small hole, just a…

BEIJING – DAYS 7 & 8

One of the ‘things’ to do in Beijing is see Mao’s body.  It was embalmed in 1946 and is publicly displayed every morning.  The lines are long, so it’s recommended to be up and waiting before the sun comes up.  Being the good tourists that we are, we were walking towards Tainanmen Square, where his…

BEIJING – DAYS 5 & 6

At this point, we were half way through our trip.  We again had pastries for breakfast and then found ourselves at the Hongqiao Pearl Market.  This four-story shopping center had anything and everything you could possibly want at a discounted price.  Electronics.  Pearls.  Clothing.  Tea sets.  You name it, and it was probably there.  Everything…

BEIJING – DAY 4

We again woke up at 4 am.  This would be an ongoing trend for the rest of the trip (and unfortunately, would carry through for a few weeks back in The States).  Matt was due to arrive around 10 am, so we headed out to find a new café before meeting up with him.  With…