Monday, April 17, 2006

SONGKRAN: Thai New Year

Thai New Year water festival - Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand). Three days of the largest water fight you've ever imagined. Pictures were taken with a disposable camera - our digital cameras would've been destroyed within minutes on the street.











Sunday, April 16, 2006

For all you landlubbers




Beach in Central Vietnam and some other shots. Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Coasting through Vietnam










Temple Monkeys Continued...

Please refer to previous "Temple Monkey" post for commentary.







Saturday, April 08, 2006

Rewind one month...


Post Olympic celebration--good job team!(From left to right:Adam Rotberg, Dan Houston, Ryan Arnold (himself), Joe Colucci, and Garret Leaey.)

You know you've taken a bus in SE Asia when...

1. You're sweating so much it feels like you just took a shower in your clothes.

2. You're on an overnight bus and your driver pulls over at 4:30 am to fight the guy on the motorbike who just cut you off.

3. You're hit on by several Vietnamese men at the back of the bus. Example #1: Tre woke up with a hand in his lap and a head on his shoulder. Example #2: There are about 15 seats open on an overnight bus and a Vietnamese guy asks Tre if he can sit next to him. They can't get enough of tall, blonde haired western men over here!

4. The bus stops every two hours so the driver can sit in a hammock and smoke a few stogies.

5. Every local on the bus is blaring their cell phone radio--generally either awful American pop remixes or video games.

6. It takes 22 hours to drive 600 miles.

7. The driver packs the aisles with the luggage, making the bus even more of a death trap. (see below)

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Delay

We're are currently in Nha Trang, Vietnam. We arrived this morning via an overnight bus from Saigon (that's a whole story in itself). Unfortunately, traveling to Chiang Mai (supposedly THE spot for the Thai New Year) has proven to be a little more difficult than we had hoped. The original idea was to be in Northern Vietnam around the 12 of April and then make a clean transfer to Chiang Mai. Some could say we underestimated the magnitude of this festival. To give you an idea: There are approximately 74 buses that depart from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on a daily basis. They're all booked around the time we had hoped for, imagine that. It's a minor set back at this point - a direct result of traveling by the seat of you pants.

I, Ryan/Gino would like to apologize, on behalf of the both of us, for the poor maintenance of our site. I assure you we will be back on track soon enough. We look forward to reading your comments/emails.