Please forgive me as I will be very detailed in these posts. This was one of our funnest and most adventurous trips. We want to remember the little things. So if it's too much for you, enjoy the pics, there will be plenty :)
We left a day early giving us an extra day in Bangkok. Our longest flight, Portland to Tokyo, was wide open. As we were settling in our seats, Joe mentioned to me that the lady behind us looked sick. Understatement of the century. The flight attendants went and checked on her, making sure she was ok, asking if water or anything would help. "Will she be able to fly? Do you have a doctors note to be flying?" So we took off. We had our breakfast and I quickly went to bed as I had just gotten off a 14 hour shift. I would occasionally wake up to reposition and would take a peak at her. All of a sudden it dawned on me, this lady is going home to die. She looked like a palliative care patient I once took care of. With about 4 hours left of our 11 hour flight I was awakened by a lot of voices behind us. I looked back and the flight attendants were there and I heard them say "You're family can come up and be with her, one at a time." I looked at the woman and knew she had passed. She was very young. Her husband had been with her, and her sisters and other family members were in coach. They took turns being with her, massaging her legs and feet. No one else seemed to notice, but the atmosphere was somber and awkward. As we landed in Tokyo, the pilot announced that there was a passenger who needed medical attention and for everyone to remain seated until further notice. About 20 people came on board, the medical team in hazmat suits and everyone in masks. It was a mini investigation. They took photos, obtained eye witness accounts of what she looked like when she boarded etc. They finally brought a collapsible stretcher and took her wrapped in a blanket. They had to lift her above everyone's heads. It was a very weird experience.
Being in Tokyo was surreal. Never in our imagination did we think we would EVER go to Asia. We made it on the Bangkok flight and ended up getting to our hotel at 2:30 am. Our first day there, we slept in, walked around getting a feel for the city and culture. We spent part of the day around the Chao Phraya River planning our next 2 days.
Bangkok was very hot and HUMID. We had to pack hand towels from the hotel and wipe down constantly as we were just dripping (why we look amazing in all our Bangkok photos). We would freeze our waters and they would be melted in 1 hour. We never planned on eating street food in Asia, but we had to walk past a busy block of street food everyday and it just made me sick. No insects or anything, but they kept their meet and eggs out in that hot climate, there weren't sinks, just buckets of water where they rinsed the cooking dishes and eating dishes (yup, same bucket). And we will never forget the smell of dried seafood. T-NASTY.
The 6 of us shared a Marriott Apartment. It was roomy and beautiful. What I loved about the hotels in Thailand were that they all had amazing pools overlooking the city. It's such a green oasis. Tranquility overlooking the hustle and bustle. We had killer views, but especially in the bathroom! I loved waking up and getting ready to that view! The group shot is taken from the pool deck.