Not such a happy Thai Mother’s Day

Last week I wanted to write about Mother’s Day in Thailand – I had a whole post ready. It’s a nice day, as it’s actually the Queen’s Birthday, which is made into a celebration for all mothers in the country {the same is done on the King’s Birthday}. It’s a national holiday, for which everyone gets a day off. There are special ceremonies around the country in which Mom’s are celebrated and given flowers by their kids.

However this year it was a bit different. The day before mother’s day, several bombs went off in Hua Hin – placed around the resort town. 2 people were killed and 20 people were injured, tourists and locals alike. The bombs were big news around Thailand, however, as it was all the way in Hua Hin, I didn’t think there was an immediate threat. In the course of the three years we’ve been living here there had been plenty of bombs going off around Thailand, but it never affected us.

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The plethora of churches in Mainz

During out trip in Europe last June, we visited Germany. One of the stops there was Mainz; a lovely city on the Rhein River. We especially enjoyed walking around the Altstadt (old centre), where we walked around the marketplace and enjoyed watching people.

The first thing that we noticed was a number of churches this city has. They are found everywhere, and their beautiful architecture {especially with the older churches} kept on pulling me in. There were too many churches to go to, so we decided to have a look at the most popular ones on Tripadvisor. Continue reading

World Most visited Tourist Attractions

Travel+Leisure came out with the World’s Most-Visited Tourist Attraction {for the list and explanation of the tally, check out their website here}. As I have been travelling around for a bit, I wanted to see how far I would get on this list. I did not even reach half {which means I still have some more places to go😉 } – 15 out of 50 – but I did work in one place, Disneyland Park Paris, so that probably counts double right?

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How many Tourist Attractions have you visited?

xxx Frei

Tourist in my home country – Holland

It’s always nice to go back home and see friends and family. It also is hectic as we travel around the entire country. With Holland being so small, I can’t really complain, but still, it can be pretty exhausting. It is always a surprise who you will see once you’re back home. And sometimes you even have people visiting you, who you met overseas. It’s during this times you can really become a tourist in your own country. This does not often happen, but this time, it did.

 

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Phuket Picks – Trick Eye Museum

It is the rainy season in Phuket, so it’s not possible to go to the beach, with all the rain, undercurrents and the Portuguese Man o’ War in the water. So what better way to enjoy Phuket then to go around the island and visit a museum like the Trick Eye Museum? We had a fun afternoon there the other day.

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Buddhist Lent Day

 

Yesterday we celebrated Asalha Bucha Day here in Thailand. This is one of the most important Buddhist Holidays, celebrating the Buddha’s first teaching over 2,500 years ago in India. What started as a sermon for only 5 believers has turned into a worldwide celebration with almost 400 million followers!

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But that’s not the only holiday we’re celebrating this week, as today is Buddhist Lent Day, which marks the start of the three-month Buddhist Lent period. For this three-month period, monks retreat to temples for the rainy season, and the farmers are planting their rice crops. Continue reading