Thursday, December 23, 2010

I'm Dreaming of a Sandy Christmas

I began planning for this next vacation a few months ago. Vacations are great, but knowing you must take on in the middle of winter can be a bit limiting. We first tried to plan a trip to Florida to visit my favorite aunt and take in the Harry Potter theme park, but the flights were incredibly bad. So, we decided to head to Thailand.

I have been to Thailand twice before, so I knew that the weather there is generally fantastic around Christmas and New Year's. My family has never been there, and Bangkok is gorgeous, so I am really excited to show it to them. We lived in Beijing for three years, but it isn't exactly a beautiful city, and they have destroyed a lot of what made it exotic.

Here is a shot I took while riding an elephant on Christmas Day in 1995, and below is a picture of me on James Bond Island near Phuket (part of one of the Bond movies was filmed there).

We'll spend the first week in Bangkok, and then head for the beaches of Pattaya. I'll be gone until mid-January, so I want to wish all of those who visit a great holiday season!


  1. Have a wonderful trip! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. Wow, that's a big step up from Florida! Have an awesome time, Ted - see you in January.

  3. Have a great holiday Ted. I left you an award on my blog yesterday.

  4. happy holidays ted!!!!
    and- wow- you've been everywhere!
    have a blast!

  5. How about I trade you some snow for a trip to Thailand? Yes? Yes?

  6. Bryan, we haven't been able to receive all of our X-mas mail because of the heavy snow in Europe delaying flights, so I think I'll keep my sun, thank you very much!

  7. Have a great holiday, Ted, and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  8. Sounds like fun. We're getting drowned here in Northern California, but its a good excuse to stay indoors with a writing project.

    Merry Christmas Ted.


  9. Ted-I hope your family has a fabulous time! LOVE the elephant butt shot, but that is probably just me being twisted. I still would LOVE to see Thailand (are you meeting Boonie? You should try to meet him!) I think your family is having a great experience seeing the world.