Loy Krathong – The Festival of Light.

P1040442With a short hour plus taxi ride and several stops for directions behind me, I arrived at Dominick’s and was greeted by two smiling little girls and this tall odd looking white guy sitting on the curb!

After great dinner and we were off to experience Loy Krathong (my pictures will not do it justice, so Google it).  Apparently we were not the only people with the same idea as the crowds were a little out of control to say the least.

P1040444As we approached the canal we saw hundreds of floating lights on the water and a few in the air and quickly added ours to the mix.  “Floating our troubles away” for the year, or something like that.  The reality was a little different, as I do not think the tradition takes into account Thai crowds or traffic!  At one point while crossing a walkway over the water the lights around us went out and everything stopped, but the pushing and jockeying for position.P1040447It was like a can of sardines and no one could move.  I heard Becky’s mom asked to no one in particular “I wonder what the bridge capacity is”, which made you think a little more then you wanted!  Eventually we made our way and I will remember this for a long time, something I would not have wanted to miss.  It would be fun to experience it P1040449in Chiang Mai next time – sound like a plan Dominick?  The lighting of the lanterns and watching them float off into space was another first.  I am trying to think how I can bring some of them home for lawn golf!  It was great to see my Asian relatives – who are all doing great by the way.   I wish we could all have the opportunity to experience what they are as some point in our lives!  Living some place is very different than simply visiting it for a few days.

P1040464A little after 9:00, Dominick loaded me in the back of a cab for the ride into the city.  After an hour and a half into the “45 minute trip” and the traffic simply not moving,  I finally just opened the taxi door in to the middle of traffic into the chaos (AKA a Bangkok street) – quickly flagged down a motorbike and jumped on the back.  Taking my life into my hands, we weaved and dodge our way through the clogged streets in an attempt to get to my hotel.  I finally arrived around 11:00.  NYC and Boston traffic is nothing compared to this place.

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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3 Responses to Loy Krathong – The Festival of Light.

  1. Corinne says:

    Awesome!!!!

  2. Dominick Bruso says:

    I am definitely up for Chiang Mai but we will actually have to plan ahead for that one.

  3. Anne Russell says:

    What a beautiful and meaningful ceremony. Must have been a beautiful sight.
    Dominick’s girls are beautiful.

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