12.03.2012 - 12.03.2012 32 °C
Today was out first real 'down day' and I'm glad that we'll have a few more over the next week or so as it has been a busy trip thus far. A few down days to soak up some sun and get some reading/relaxing in will be nice before we return home.
Today, we slept in (no alarms!), had a late breakfast and hit the beach. We paid $6 for two lounge chairs and an umbrella...well worth the cost to avoid being fried in the sun. It's crazy hot here, you can feel it baking your skin, the ocean is sooo warm and the sand too hot to walk on with bare feet! We enjoyed some more fruit smoothies this afternoon too! Tonight, we went for foot massages (which were wonderful) and had a delicious curry dinner.
Dave's on a PlayBook video chat with Aeryon at the moment (a planned, 2week check in with the team). Traveling with our PlayBooks and BlackBerrys has worked out really well...books, games, booking hotels online, video chat etc on the PlayBooks. It makes us feel not quite so far from home...which is good and bad for different reasons I suppose.
Last night I had one of the most delicious treats I've ever had. Dave really talked these up to me from when he and Rob were in Thailand a few years ago, so I was going in with really high expectations. Luckily, my expectations were surpassed :D.
So picture this...but warning, you may start to salivate . Banana Pancake street cart. A really wide, shallow and sizzling hot wok. A small ball of dough...quite different in consistency than I've seen before. It's thrown (with vigor) onto a steel counter, spread out with fingers a bit and picked up and flipped kinda like pizza dough into a super thin circle. From here, the crepe-like dough is placed on the wok. As it starts to cook, a fresh, ripe banana is quickly sliced on top. It's then folded over on itself, and cooked fully before being removed from the wok. From there, it's spread with nutella (or chocolate) and served. It's fricken delicious!!! Maybe I'll go get one while Dave's in his mtg...
As a reminder of where we are and where we're going, here's the map of our trip