The adventures of Pioneer Girl travelling with enthusiastic Camper Barn Owl Guy

Started as a blog about my trip from Pittsburgh to California in a Ford Pickup, hauling a 30' refurbed trailer/camper. Ah, California Dreaming, 'n all that. Found that adventures can be long distance or in your own neighborhood... I look for my own twist on local sites, don't take the known for granted...and always find something new. It's easy, just open your eyes..

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Lost and Found

December 25, 2011...  Good evening, friends and pioneers.  Today was quite the eventful day.  After a brisk walk around the lake...stopping for fresh cleansing juice and feeding the gigormous carp in the lake, we headed out to the largest outdoor weekend shopping district in the world...Chatuchak.  Covers 27 or 35 acres..have seen both numbers.  It's very inexpensive because competition is high, so you gotta haggle.  Once you get the hang of dollars versus bahts, it's pretty easy.  Items for sale range from handmade Thai jewelry, hemp woven elephants and dragons (you can watch the woman make them and they are awesome!)  , food of all sorts--some smell good, most do not, maybe because I'm a westerner-- wooden rocking horses, to puppies and kittens and roosters.  I had to get out of the enclosed area where the pets for sale were displayed, made me feel creepy.

We did end up getting disoriented and came out on the wrong side of the market and had no idea where we were..he tuk-tuks all parked in rows (motorized rickshaws), drivers calling to us for rides.  We were waiting for our driver and finally found a Thai speaking girl who could communicate to our Thai driver where we were on the cell phone so he could pick us up.  In the meantime, snacked on a lovely cup of husked roasted corn, salted and sugared.. and fresh coconut water.  Yum.  Haggled with vendors for a beach mat, and a cute pair of hippie pants for yours truly.  And saw sights and sounds, and bells and bubbles, and even a band striking up some Sweet Home Alabama..

So may get lost (..) but you may also find...and it's the finding that counts.. Laa- Gon-Ka for today....  xoxo, PG in Thailand

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