Trip to the UK—#10

My nephew Caleb Reed married in England this week so I flew there to be part of the family celebrating. Here are the events of the different days.

Sunday, 4 AugustTravel to Vietnam and then the UK

Monday, 5 AugustFirst day in the UK

Tuesday, 6 August (morning) — Touring the city of London

Tuesday, 6 August (afternoon) — Touring the city of London

Wednesday, 7 AugustTravel to Manchester

Thursday, 8 AugustTravel to Lancaster

Friday, 9 AugustThe wedding day

Saturday, 10 AugustTravel to London

Sunday, 11 August Sightseeing in London

Monday-Tuesday, 12-13 AugustTravel to Phnom Penh

Trip to the UK—#9

My nephew Caleb Reed married in England this week so I flew there to be part of the family celebrating. Here are the events of the different days.

Sunday, 4 AugustTravel to Vietnam and then the UK

Monday, 5 AugustFirst day in the UK

Tuesday, 6 August (morning) — Touring the city of London

Tuesday, 6 August (afternoon) — Touring the city of London

Wednesday, 7 AugustTravel to Manchester

Thursday, 8 AugustTravel to Lancaster

Friday, 9 AugustThe wedding day

Saturday, 10 AugustTravel to London

Sunday, 11 August Sightseeing in London

Trip to the UK—#8

My nephew Caleb Reed married in England this week so I flew there to be part of the family celebrating. Here are the events of the different days.

Sunday, 4 AugustTravel to Vietnam and then the UK

Monday, 5 AugustFirst day in the UK

Tuesday, 6 August (morning) — Touring the city of London

Tuesday, 6 August (afternoon) — Touring the city of London

Wednesday, 7 AugustTravel to Manchester

Thursday, 8 AugustTravel to Lancaster

Friday, 9 AugustThe wedding day

Saturday, 10 AugustTravel to London

Trip to the UK—#7

My nephew Caleb Reed is marrying in England this week so I flew there to be part of the family celebrating. Here are the events of the different days.

Sunday, 4 AugustTravel to Vietnam and then the UK

Monday, 5 AugustFirst day in the UK

Tuesday, 6 August (morning) — Touring the city of London

Tuesday, 6 August (afternoon) — Touring the city of London

Wednesday, 7 AugustTravel to Manchester

Thursday, 8 AugustTravel to Lancaster

Friday, 9 AugustThe wedding day

Trip to the UK—#6

My nephew Caleb Reed is marrying in England this week so I flew there to be part of the family celebrating. Here are the events of the different days.

Sunday, 4 AugustTravel to Vietnam and then the UK

Monday, 5 AugustFirst day in the UK

Tuesday, 6 August (morning) — Touring the city of London

Tuesday, 6 August (afternoon) — Touring the city of London

Wednesday, 7 AugustTravel to Manchester

Thursday, 8 AugustTravel to Lancaster

Trip to the UK—#5

My nephew Caleb Reed is marrying in England this week so I flew there to be part of the family celebrating. Here are the events of the different days.

Sunday, 4 AugustTravel to Vietnam and then the UK

Monday, 5 AugustFirst day in the UK

Tuesday, 6 August (morning) — Touring the city of London

Tuesday, 6 August (afternoon) — Touring the city of London

Wednesday, 7 AugustTravel to Manchester

From Ho Chi Minh City….

It’s Sunday night at 11:06 PM and I’m in the airport in Ho Chi Minh City waiting for a flight to London. I’m going to England to attend my nephew’s wedding. It’s a 45-minute flight from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (the former Saigon) but I had a seven-hour layover before getting the flight to London’s Heathrow. It wasn’t too bad although I am disappointed I didn’t get a chance to post a full page of photos here from this first part of the trip.

This is the Immigration Department office near the airport in Phnom Penh. I spent a couple hours there on Friday trying to get one of our St. Vincent de Paul Society clients out of the country with a new visa. It’s a long and complicated mess he’s got himself into.

Bangkok Trip–Day 3 (Pt 3)

These are just interesting scenes from the trip to the airport

I switched from the sangtau to the BTS, the elevated Bangkok Sky Train.
There is great respect given to the king in Thailand. Here his picture appears on a display in the BTS carriage.
I went to the Silom Road area where there is a daily night market but it was too early. Just a few shops were starting to set up and I wasn’t able to look for a cheap watch.
There was a cart full of colorful piggy banks ready for display
but I wasn’t interested.
As I went back to the BTS I passed this large and elaborate spirit house
set up along Silom Road to placate the spirits
displaced from their lands by all the commercial development.
Then it was a one-hour bus ride back to Don Mueang airport
and the AirAsia flight to Phnom Penh, just 55 minutes.

Bangkok Trip–Day 3 (Pt 2)

I had planned to meet with some experts on deaf-blindness today but they didn’t answer my e-mails and I ended up with a free day that gave me a chance to catch up on some work before I left the Bangkok Maryknoll house.

Sakhorn, the office manager, has worked with Maryknoll for close to thirty years and is one of those invaluable people who enable us to function reasonably well in another culture and another language. He does a little bit of everything, like fixing the computers.

This was my first time to stay at the new Maryknoll house and it turned out quite well. I was surprised that they even had a hard-wire Internet connection in the rooms. Unfortunately it was on the wall opposite the desk so I worked on a little night table and stool.

John Beeching and Tim Raible and I ate lunch together at a little food shop around the corner. Here Tim pays the bill.

Then it was time to head to the airport. I was interested in exploring the non-taxi transportation so I caught a songtau (truck with bench seats) for eight baht (about 30¢).

Bangkok Trip–Day 3 (Pt 1)

It’s 2300 and I just got back to the Maryknoll house in Phnom Penh. I need to get up early for a mass on the other side of town so I’ll post the Day 3 photos tomorrow morning. This is a picture from the bus going out to the old airport in a really heavy rain this afternoon. Come back tomorrow….