Well it’s been quite a week so far for us – one of contradictions and contrasts. We began our adventure in what is likely the world’s most excessive city (Dubai) filled with 7 star hotels, $400 lunches (based on being on the top floor of the Burj Al Arab and could see Palm island and The World islands from our table) and partying yet not being able to wear shorts above the knee or even kiss in public!
Our New Year’s party was awesome – Grandmaster Flash was the guest DJ so we grooved to old school hip hop all night. We partied like it was 1999 and stayed up all night to catch a 9:00 a.m. flight to Bangkok (luckily, we made it on time and even got upgraded to business class, no charge!).
Bangkok, on the other hand, is full of amazing street culture, which has been a whirlwind for the senses…from ultra-modern skytrains and shopping malls to the mazes of street stalls and homeless people, dogs and cats in the old part of town (where we’re staying, of course!), this is a place of so much contrast. Our dinners are cheaper than a one-way metro ride.
You guys would be proud, Rabih even had a beer at 10:30 a.m. while touring the canals of Bangkok by longtail boat (we bought the beer from a “floating market” aka a woman selling stuff from her tiny boat)!
Now we’re off to Yangon, the capital of Myanmar (former Burma), the place they call the Wild Wild West of the East and authentic Asia as it was 25 years ago. We may not have much e-mail access in this country so our next message may only come through from Cambodia in about 12 days.
Wishing you all a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR filled with love, health and happiness!
All our love,
xoxoxo Cristelle and Rabih