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Friday, July 7, 2017

As we time travel... our trip to Thailand begins!

Cheers!  My husband John and I set forth in our trip to Thailand.. we left at 5am on July 5th to set out to LAX, Korean Air and our first stop - Seoul, Korea.  With less than 3 hours of sleep (4th of July was spent with friends and family at two BBQ's, pool party ended up at my home and fireworks!) we were ready to fly!  (Seoul is 16 hours ahead of our timezone, Phuket Thailand is 14 hours ahead so we flew into a new day, time traveling - quite literally, lol!)
I was pleasantly surprised - there is more leg room than flights within the USA, free wine with the meals, the meals weren't half bad either.
Saying good-bye (for now) to our home of Southern California.... 
THIS!  So Korea Air wanted the windows shut, lights off.  I broke the rules when I peeked out to see this island.  I didn't know where I was but the flight attendant showed me - and this is Cold Bay, ALASKA!
Our flight.. so in Homeschooling my kids through Classical Conversations we've learned so much in geography.  I can say, proudly, that I actually reccognize a majority of this.  Did you know that 13 years ago, we had an exchange student from Mongolia?  Our kids from then are still close to us, thanks to Facebook!  I can see where Byamba lives on here!
Wine.. it helped me to snag a 2 hour nap, lol.  Cheers - this and movies, playing music and sheer exhaustion.. the trip wasn't as tough as I thought (though my bum was dead about 2/3rd of the way in).
In Seoul Korea you can find a little bit of America!  Starbucks!  Cheers from our 4 hour layover.
Beautiful culture surrounds us.  They had this lovely lady singing at the Korean Airport.
We arrived, exhausted, but blessed in Thailand at 11am.  Arriving at our hotel I was stoked to see this sign - we'd made it!  Hello vacation, adventures and Stampin' Up!
Breakfast of champions.  First of all, I LOVE my coffee and was stoked to see a cappuccino bar.  Latte art is so much fun - this kitty was almost too cute to drink!  Pho type soup for breakfast with a yummy chili paste.. I had a full line up of food from American to Asian but I really liked the noodles for breakfast (oh and raw honey-comb, fresh fruits and juices as well).
Hubby was loving the gourmet waffles and pancake bar, the view and having had a good night's sleep!
THIS VIEW!  So, we flew out early having extended our trip.  We woke to coffee, breakfast and this view!
Putting my feet up isn't really my gig.  I much prefer feet up as I soar over mountains lol.  This is the view from our suite.  The pool is lovely, the rains and sound of wind blowing off of the ocean takes my breath away.  Scoring a massage and we are off to a walk on the beach and then dinner on the beach!  I hope that you enjoyed a peek into the fun we are having - I can't wait to Zipline and show you the pictures - lol.  Thanks for YOUR Support in helping me to earn this trip.  With the top 1% of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the world, I'm in a class of amazing people (little ol' me - a wife and mom with a small farm!).  
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