Good Morning, Goedemorgen, Guten Morgen, Buenos Dias, Buongiorno.
Just a quick note as I head off to the “Land with Wats of Rice”. This year, Southeast Asia is my far off destination. Why I chose to travel here remains a mystery, or perhaps the mystery is why I chose to visit here. One day I woke up, closed my eyes, turned around in circles with my finger pointing towards my map and where my hand landed was the next destination. I guess it’s good that it wasn’t Iraq or Afghanistan? My finger actually landed on the border area of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma), but I chose Vietnam anyways. I guess not everything is clear cut.
Many of you know that I love to fly. I love everything about aviation. In fact, I secretly wanted to be an airline pilot. I am flying Northwest Airlines. Well, I can hear it now. Why are you flying on an airline that is filed for bankruptcy. Well, in simple, they hadn’t file for bankruptcy when I bought the ticket. And although they have a horrible domestic service, I still find their international service to be quite good.
Now to comment on the weather. We have had one of the mildest winters so far in Minnesota. However, as luck would have it, today of all days it begins to snow. But, at least I have warmer temperatures and NO snow to look forward to. So long as nothing is delayed or cancelled.
Over the course of the next month I will live my life from only two bags. Should be interesting, but I am sure I can manage it.
So sit back, relax and i hope that you enjoy Southeast Asia long with me.
Lesson # 1:
What is a Wat? Well, a wat is referred to as a temple in the Buddhist countries. The word “wat” actually means “school” and the training of monks is an essential feature of all wats. A Buddhist site withought resident monks cannot correctly be described as a wat, although the term is used loosely more frequent than it should.