Monday, April 23, 2007

Bangkok Delights

This posting is mostly for pictures of things we see every day. The parrots are only two out of the five, plus a cockatiel that live in cages next to a building we pass every day. We also pass the trash heap every day. The construction scene with the backhoe is next door to our hotel. While it appears to be a construction project, it is actually a mosquito farm.

You can see the way rush hour traffic backs up on our street, and the picture with the green/yellow taxi is the entrance to Bumrungrad International Hospital. The taxi is on our street, the line of cars is on the entry street. You can see the yellow polo shirts that everyone wears, especially on Monday. They are yellow to honor the King, who was born on a Monday, and who is very much loved by the Thai people. In Thailand there is a color for every day, to bring good luck: Monday = yellow; Tuesday = pink, Wednesday = green; Thursday = orange; Friday = blue; Saturday = purple; Sunday = red. Based on the people's attire, in Bangkok it appears that almost every day could be Monday.

One of the delights of the city of Bangkok is the people's love of plants. As we have said before, plants in pots are everywhere. Outside our hotel, for example, there is a row of potted orchids on the fence, two rows of potted plants lining the walkway to the back, and more potted plants surrounding their outdoor beer garden.

These photos pay tribute to the roof gardens that can be found everywhere, even on the tallest of the residential skyscrapers. The individual plant photos and the ones of the very well laid out and manicured garden are of the roof garden on the sixth floor of Bumrungrad International Hospital. These photos are only a very small sampling of what can be seen around the city.

The website is not cooperating with uploading photos, so I will try again once I get the website back in English, or just do a separate posting that is only photos. A couple of weeks ago the website suddenly and unexpectedly came up in Thai and it has stayed there, so all the critical functions of the site are unreadable. That technology challenge is probably the result of being here for so long. But it, too, shall pass.

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