|Ao Phra Nang, Krabi - a photographer's paradise, just a short walk from our hotel|
In spite of having had a wonderful time, I'm happy to be home, and feeling grateful for many things, such as:
- The absence of smelly drains
- The relative peace and quiet of my neighbourhood (apart from that damn dog barking from over the back fence!)
- The lack of humidity. I truly love Melbourne's mostly dry summer...
- The order and tidiness of the streetscape around here. No rubbish, no piles of sandbags, no broken-up footpaths or drain covers, no mould covering buildings, no cars, motorbikes and street vendors parked all over pedestrian thoroughfares.
I think I even missed the noisy clamour of the cockatoos and corellas squawking every morning and evening.
We're not holiday shopaholics, and were on a reasonably tight budget, but we did pick up a few pretty things to decorate the house, including:
|Silk fabric, Chiang Mai|
|Hand-painted silk cushion covers, Chiang Mai|
|Block prints on rice paper, Bangkok|
|Hill Tribe silver necklace, Chiang Mai|
I also picked up a few ideas for furniture and decorative accents. Unfortunately, carting home heavy teak furniture was a no-no. The shipping costs were a bit high, and the fumigation process to satisfy our quarantine laws cost as much again. But I'll be keeping an eye out on eBay and cheap import shops for things with the right "feel".
It might take me a while to get our souvenirs sorted, but I'll post some updates along the way.