Some Christmas Observations on the Road

Dec 24th 2008

I’m sitting here in the Bangkok Airport.  We are at the 36 hour point of our trip.  (So no pictures of the family allowed!  We drove to Newark, flew from Newark to Paris, 11 hour layover in Paris, flew to Bangkok, 5 our layover in Bangkok, and then the final flight to Yangon will get us in to Yangon about 7:30pm local time or 7am Christmas Eve morning for any reader on the East Coast — about 40 hours all total.  So let me just make a few Christmas Observations on the Road.

1. Paris is expensive but not everybody is rude to Americans.
2. The Eiffel Tower is huge, but Air France has tiny seats.
3. The famous Louvre Museum is filled with priceless works of art, but it is closed on Tuesdays — which happened to be the day we walked about 4 miles to see said Louvre.  It’s not nearly as cool from the outside as I’m assuming it is from the inside.
4.  Paris is expensive, but the dollar is weak.  I think I paid about 8 bucks for a 10 ounce coke.
5.  The world is large — 10,000 frequent flyer miles for flying half way around the world — but the internet makes it as tiny as a computer with a connection.  While at home, I google chat with our orphanage leaders in Mynamar and here in Bangkok, I’m posting on my blog and updating my status on twitter.
6.  I love babies, but not when they are screaming for 9.5 hours out of a 10 hour trip, when my family is trying to sleep.
7.  I ate at McDonald’s in Paris, but the french fries didn’t taste any different.  I have now eaten at McDonald’s in Estonia, Israel, Bangkok, Paris, London, and Canada.  Probably some I’m forgetting.
8.  I will miss spending Christmas Eve at Calvary, but Christmas day at the Agape Orphanage will make up for it.
9.  Thailand is primarily Buddhist, so spending Christmas Eve day at the Bangkok airport doesn’t really feel too Christmassy…but isn’t that what Christmas is all about?  Taking it where He isn’t?
10.  Joshua got confused, he couldn’t remember what you call that thing between your flights when you stay at the airport.  Is that a leftover or a hangover?  Both words are probably more appropriate than layover, but being with my family it becomes a make-over for my soul.

That’s all for now.  Hope your Christmas Day is God-Awe-Full!