Where in the World have I Been?

Well, we’ve been a little all over the place lately. With quite a bit going on, from traveling for work to dog sitting, Nick and I have had so many activities going on that it’s been hard to find time to spend together. Instead of spending more time in front of the computer, we’ve enjoyed dinners together and nights out on the town. In lieu of deep-diving all my encounters, a photo album seems like so much more fun!

2013-09-05 06.06.18 My last Bodypump class for a few weeks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beech Mountain sunsets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Afternoon on the Potomac

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunset over the National Mall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Capital

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In front of the Newseum, they print and post all Front Pages submitted from around the world.

 

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And I never fail to get a few runs in when traveling to a new place:

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Nope, never seen a Tweeps car or store before = necessary pictures!

 

 

 

 

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Not proud of the time, but so happy to hit 13.1 miles again.

Thailand: Fire Dancers, Bangkok Adventures, Hangover II, and Fishy Spas

First, a few last pictures from our time in Koh Chang. These were the guys who played with fire on the beach front to celebrate Christmas [sorry for the poor quality].
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We returned to Bangkok on Christmas Day, just in time for a spectacular dinner that’s not to be forgotten. Great food and great company!Christmas Dinner
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We celebrated Christmas the following day due to our varying traveling schedules with FRESH mimosas!
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A new Panthers shirt for me to support my man’s team.
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Best mojitos EVER, while enjoying the stories of the matriarch:o)
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Blessing of the massage parlor just down the road from our hotel, the Drop Inn.
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A little temple sight-seeing for the crew.
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Mean man!
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No wonder we got many strange looks…haha just kidding!
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The reclining Buddha.
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Massively, huge feet on the Buddha.
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Offering prayers, sans any and all makeup. Way too hot for that mess!
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Nick’s turn!
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Boys will be boys…
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Yep, totally missed Nick’s face when I took this!
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Love the Buddha’s in orange.

That evening, we ventured out to the Sky Bar, the world’s highest open air bar for drinks and where this scene was filmed for Hangover II.the-hangover-2-movie-image-cooper-helms-galifianakis-03
Remember this scene? They were very particular and didn’t want anyone recreating the moment there or taking pictures on the stairs. Rather you had to venture down to the bar area for all pictures.
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The next day, we ventured out to the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok – I want this house!
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Beautiful, peaceful gardens.
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Open air living at it’s finest. 
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The story of Jim Thompson was very interesting to hear with a few surprising facts discovered in relation to his death; who knows what really happened to Jim Thompson in the jungles of Malaysia. All I know is that I would not willing leave a home like this!

Our next adventure took us to the largest outdoor market in Bangkok, the Chatuchak Weekend Market, is only open [yep, you guessed it on the weekend]. We only spent one weekend in Bangkok and knew this was on our list to shop at! I only have a few images, as I was way too busy shopping!!
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The freshest [and cheapest] mango I have ever tried.

Our next adventure was following through on Nick and Brenden’s Christmas gift…fishy spa time! And of course, we all gave it a shot.
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Proof: Mere was in for approximately 10 seconds!
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After I quit laughing hysterically…it tickled!!
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It’s definitely an odd experience, but really cool at the same time. I’d repeat this experience again in a heartbeat. Others, I would venture to guess would not repeat, while Nick would swim with them for hours on end.

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Ice cream for dessert from Swenson’s – yes, it was good enough for repeat visits and I refuse to count how many!! [It’s vacation and I walked it all off x3]

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Susan wins the best Christmas gift award for 2012 with this shirt!

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My first udon experience in the mall just down the street.

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Matchy, matchy after our last foot massage before our flights back to the states. Not sure how I left these out before, but at 60 baht [~$2 USD], you could afford one daily and still not make a dent in your monthly massage budget…completely relaxing and the best way to conquer jet lag and prep for a long flight/night ahead.

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And it finally happened, I drank out of a raw coconut [even if it happened in the airport, it still counts].

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Farewell, Thailand! Thanks for the amazing memories. We will be back, definitely!!