The Grand Palace

It was huge. It was packed. It was sparkly.  

I felt our two hours in the Grand Palace needed its own post. There were just so many beautiful things.  

Gorgeous patterns everywhere  

Gorgeous patterns everywhere  

It's so busy we have to be divided up

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Despite doing our best to arrive properly dressed our Lululemons were deemed too tight and we had to go through the arduous task of borrow clothes

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Gorgeous flowers filled with beed

Gorgeous flowers filled with beed

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He looks worried

He looks worried

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I was trying to get Sky to do something funny. We were so lethargic.  

I was trying to get Sky to do something funny. We were so lethargic.  

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I occasionally saw women wearing high heeled shoes. I just can't even imagine doing that! 

Hello kitty! 

Hello kitty! 

Why am I taking these photos with my iPhone 4s?  

Why am I taking these photos with my iPhone 4s?  

Selfie time! 

Selfie time! 

Awesome frescoes

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Yes, listen to your friend, child, do not poke the tiger! 

Yes, listen to your friend, child, do not poke the tiger! 

Heeheehee

Heeheehee

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I should probably be doing this: 

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Gorgeous tiny gardens  

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So many people. So hot. So much sitting where you're not supposed to.  

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Cool little trees  

Cool little trees  

Well that's honest, I guess

Well that's honest, I guess

We were so lethargic and hot while we did this. It was so overwhelming but I really feel we accomplished something toughing it out! Showers, naps, and massages were well deserved afterwards!

Holy Bangkok Batman!

Heeeeeyyyyyy!

So it looks like I'm not super at blogging steadily. There's more on Australia but I'm going to write about my two days  in Bangkok while it's still fresh.

Yeah, so I arrived in Bangkok with 20% battery on my phone (that was a long plane ride as I had my phone off and just did art silently) and no idea how one gets around safely. I wish I had charged my phone, maybe did some research into getting data upon arrival or...whatever.  In my usual optimistic way I figured I would figure things out. Which I did. I spotted a  a red-headed man coming off my flight who looked roughly my age and asked if he had been there before. Once I discovered this was his fourth time to Bangkok I asked if he would share a cab with me to Khoasan road to make sure I got to my hotel safely.  This was actually a super plan as he not only paid for the cab ride, but he managed to get a room at the hotel I was staying at and we both had company that evening for getting some beers, dinner, and foot massages. He even put up with my shopping at the market stalls- the clothes are very cute!

Another great thing about this trip to Bangkok is that a friend of mine from art class in high school was in Bangkok the same time with his girlfriend! We met up and tuktuk-ed (I'm not sure that's a word, but it going to be now) around to the various temples. Our tuktuk driver was awesome. His name is Noi and he was super fun to rip around with all day and the next. 

Just....so much was going on. Here are pics! 

Ahhhhhhh lovely clean hotel room

Ahhhhhhh lovely clean hotel room

My new Welsh friend, John

First beers in Bangkok

First beers in Bangkok

View from the roof of the Dang De hotel

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Post facial and massage green tea

Post facial and massage green tea

My nail girl, Cake. She's just so cute! 

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Our first tuktuk ride!! 

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Huge gold Buddah

Huge gold Buddah

Giant gold toenails

Giant gold toenails

I shared my meat snacks with this guy as Sky and Tara talked travel plans inside  

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Going up to the temple and the view up top

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There are so many cats here!

#catsofbangkok

#catsofbangkok

Check out these snacks. Crab curry flavor reminds me of The Simpsons.  

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Massages and fresh fruit

Massages and fresh fruit

I finished up the trip spending my last baht on massages and food

Coconut thingies

Coconut thingies

I'm not sure why but Cathay upgraded me to Business class for my flight to Colombo. It was delightful except for the pilot saying we were going to flying through a monsoon and we should pay extra attention to the flight safety demonstration. Eek!

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Weekend in Galle

My friend Lahiru phoned me up Friday afternoon and excitedly told me he booked something for the weekend, we got local pricing, it seemed worth it, something about a beach, and was that ok.  Unfortunately even though my friend's english is just fine, it's a little hard to understand him on the phone without body language to back it up.  

It turns out we were going to Galle, a lovely beach town with a historical fort in the south of Sri Lanka. We would we going with his wife, Ósk, and his childhood friend, Himali, would I would be sharing a room with. 

We stayed at a lovely little boutique hotel in Talpe called Era Beach by Jetwing. It was a bit stormy the first night but cleared up the next day when we went out to swim in the ocean and pop by the Closenberg hotel for curry lunch and enjoying their infinity pool. 

Era Beach hotel

Era Beach hotel

Welcome fruit juice

Welcome fruit juice

Its stormy. It's currently off season in the south.  

Its stormy. It's currently off season in the south.  

That sunset though! 

That sunset though! 

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We went out to meet one of Lahiru's friends for drinks and dinner (we had some very adult and serious conversations about art at her house first). We popped by a sort of lifestyle shop/bar called The Living Room on our way. Very OTT and the servers looked a bit uncomfortable in their deep V shirts but it smelled really good! 

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The beginning of a delightful full English breakfast! 

The beginning of a delightful full English breakfast! 

To the next beach stop to go swim in the ocean! 

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Post ocean coconut water hydration  

Post ocean coconut water hydration  

The Closenberg hotel

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Basically a super cool place for a wedding  

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Lahiru looking super relaxed. Owning a business is hard work! 

Lahiru looking super relaxed. Owning a business is hard work! 

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Some quality Northern time in a corner of the pool.  

Some quality Northern time in a corner of the pool.  

It was a pretty fabulous two days!  

Cows by the highway.  

Cows by the highway.  

My day at the QAG

Tom dropped me off downtown in the morning on his way to a meeting so I could get cultured at the Queensland Art Gallery!

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Gorgeous day

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"Wild Potato Dreaming" by Emily Kame Kngwarreye ^

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I love this piece. Ah Xiam's "Human human - lotus, cloisonné figure 1 ".  

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The classical oil paintings were amusing.

Pray 'til you're cross eyed ?

Pray 'til you're cross eyed ?

"Maybe I shouldn't have super sized it"

"Maybe I shouldn't have super sized it"

Isnt this dragon-dog just the coolest? 

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This head just doesn't really belong... 

Seriously what's with this man's head on this small woman's body? 

Seriously what's with this man's head on this small woman's body? 

I love fruit still life oil paintings.

Juicy and well illuminated  

Juicy and well illuminated  

Gwyn was at MOA during my time there. Sadly she recently passed away. 

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Some of her lovely ceramics.

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This is awesome. By Ay-O.

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A fabulous twist on a traditional style. Masami Teraoko's "Woman with Iris".  All of Masami's pieces displayed were rad.

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Such balloons, much shiny, wow

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Allson Edrick Tabuai's "Very powerful witchdoctor's mask" (translated).

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The east coast of Canada looks cold. Isaac Walter Jenner's "Cape Chudleigh, Coast of Labrador".

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I'm noticing I don't take very straight photos...  Sydney Long's "Spirit of the Plains".

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Hanging out with the Ibis in the cafe courtyard

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Seriously lovely courtyard

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Finally working on some art of my own! 

Salm-dor!

Salm-dor!

Then I decided to take a stroll down to the CBD using the fun pedestrian bridge.

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But I got distracted by South Bank. The lagoon was packed! 

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Such beautiful greenery

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I also noticed this crazy black hotel downtown, what's up with that? 

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Davies Park Market in West End

Tom and I decided to check out the market in West End. I'm pretty sure I ate everything!! Amazing yogurt, rad roesti, tropical fruits and more!

Hey it's me! 

Hey it's me! 

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Lemon myrtle and macadamia yogurt as our first purchase.

Only a ginger can call another ginger ginger..

Only a ginger can call another ginger ginger..

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Oh my!

Oh my!

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Pretty baubles

Pretty baubles

Custard apples, we bought one. They taste ok.  

Custard apples, we bought one. They taste ok.  

Dragonfruot

Dragonfruot

I pretended to take a picture of Tom to get a pic of the feather accessory guy.

This guy's jacket

This guy's jacket