As I mentioned my mother is paying for this fantastic, once in a lifetime trip to Thailand for me and my sisters. And it’s a good thing she did because the last time I went on an actual vacation where you get on a plane and go somewhere that you don’t have to clean up your own dinner dishes was in 1998. It must have been on a train because I’m not sure air travel was even invented then.
And even that was a working vacation. Actually it was pretty much all work, no vacation. I was sent to Portugal to tape my television show from there for a week. We worked every day from morning until night, but if you’re gonna work, hosting a television show is pretty much the easy way to go and if you’re going to host a television show, doing it from a castle in Portugal is the even easier way to go.
So when my mother declared she’d like to take me and my sisters on a trip I wanted to make sure it was a real vacation. No tv crew, no microphones. My mother’s first wish was to go to Turkey because she felt it was exotic.
I quickly talked her out of that explaining there was a bit of civil unrest in Turkey and it might be a bit dangerous. She fought me kicking and screaming but finally relented and decided if there was civil unrest she could live with going to Thailand.
Where there is currently civil unrest.
A very short lesson in the politics going on here. There are 2 factions in Thailand. Those who support the protestor side and those who support the government (the Prime Minister). The protestors feel the government is corrupt and want to restore democracy to Thailand. Those who support the government feel they’re doing a good job and are working in the best interest of the people of Thailand.
The people in Bangkok are 90% in favour of the protestors. The people in the outer provinces like Chiang Mai are 90% in favour of the government.
I’m safe, Betty’s safe, everybody’s safe, and as you can see … I’m working. I have issues.
We were a bit worried about coming to Bangkok because of the protests here and you know, the travel advisory and all, but we’re the adventurous type.
Plus I already bought a new bathing suit.
We left Bangkok just prior to the demonstrations becoming violent.