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What a trip!

We just came back from a long trip (Honolulu, Kiritimati or Christmas Island, Manila, Bangkok, Siem Reap, UK) which took almost two months.  There were lots of mishaps in the beginning including (for me) a 2-hour flight delay from DC to Honolulu, (for us) an18-hour flight delay from Honolulu to Christmas Island, (for me) a dog attack/bite on the beach there, a missed art class in Honolulu I was hoping to attend, and my husband cutting his fishing trip short due to a skin infection.  From Manila, he flew to England to see his parents and was welcomed by rainy, cold, and windy weather.  I was luckier.  It was hot in Manila but not that unbearable.  The Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn in Bangkok was nowhere near the scene of anti-government riots and demonstrations and the street food around there was just delicious.  Siem Reap was a wonderful experience.  The temples were magnificent, the people friendly and gentle.  I stayed at the Golden Temple Hotel and the staff could not do enough for its guests.  I will never forget the traditional Khmer massage I had there.  It was the best massage I’ve ever had.