Thursday, January 03, 2008

postcard from j: thaindians

After months of research and planning, it's finally D-Day. Three pilgrims are about to leave for the "Land of Smiles". Well, atleast that's what Thailand is called. An 8-day trip, but it needs so much attention. The excitement hasn't really hit me yet.

It's around 4 PM. Some lady from Air India calls. Our flight, which was originally set to take off at 2350 hours, is now going to be 30 minutes earlier. Wow, that's a first! I've just finished packing one bagful of clothes and toiletries, checked essential stuff like passport, tickets, foreign exchange, credit cards, camera, etc. I've only got a few more things to squeeze in. Must remember to carry my black sandals and what else....

Hmmm... yes, this is my first trip outside the country and hopefully, the first of many. The only dampener around this time is the amount of tax getting deducted every month from my salary. I mean, what's the point of working so hard if you just keep shelling out your hard-earned money to fill government coffers? Anyway, I need to do a final check through my luggage. Won't be taking my cell phone along (will miss you, Sony Ericsson) -- can't afford to lose another phone in less than six months.

Sharon and Sneha are the two mad ladies travelling with me. Sneha is already dreaming of Thai massages and sunbathing. Sharon, like me, doesn't feel the excitement just yet. But I guess it's been a tough season at work and otherwise for us! Someone once said, "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." So, here we are... all set to rock another country, and looking forward to all the sights, shopping and the whole "Thai experience".

Will try and write a little every day about our adventure. And there will be lots of pictures too. Heading to Bangkok first and then to Pattaya.

Watch this space for updates!*

* Finally started typing my travel notes here. So, don't be surprised at the back-dated posts!

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