Irregular Posts; Bangkok Bhutan HongKong

  Dec 11, 2015       Andover HomeAgainHomeAgain…JiggidtyJig. “What?  You are in Andover and Meg is in Hong Kong?” “Yupe.  I departed HK on Dec 1st at 6P and arrived in Boston at 9P.”  The joys of timezones.  Good flight as I had been bumped up to “Premium” Economy from the regular economy.  Perks? for a single frequent flyer with a loyalty card?  But my checked luggage was the last of the plane ;~{ Jetlag has gotten to me.  I wake at 2-4AM and cannot stay in bed more than an hour of awake time, even in the dark.  Coffee and at computer work in the before dawn dark.  By sunrise, I have done a few hours of work on projects; prints for Holiday Open Studios, people images for Karen our Teacher/Leader in Bhutan, scanning some very old slides and negatives for a show in January, and plowing through mail/tasks held for three weeks.  Dinner at 10A and a nap in front of a European soccer match in afternoon.  My eyes and brain say “Enough” about 6-7P.  In bed and asleep around 8P. “So, Bhutan?” “Amazing place.”  Bhutanese often call their country “Druk Yul”; land of Druk.  Druk is thunder dragon and the symbol on the national flag AND on my yellow and orange knit toque.  It is strongly Buddhist, with Hindu as a minority religion especially in the lowland south bordering India.  Everywhere there are dzongs, ancient fortifications, now housing a Buddhist monastery and government administrations offices.  We visited many and found many cultural and photographic opportunities. Chilies are a vegetable!! On corrugated metal roofs, red ones are drying in the...

Irregular Posts; Bangkok and Bhutan and Hong Kong

Tuesdayday November 10, 2015; Hong Kong Airport G’Day, First Saturday November at Western Ave Studios was a typical one with a few sales and talking to many people who enjoyed my work in my studio, and my show in the Loading Dock Gallery with Laurie Simko. The usual post reception energy let-down for the show was lessened by the need to finish packing and get to the airport. Monday 10PM, NO traffic going into Boston and into the airport or through TSA security. “Last fight of the night.” so only one pane of people would be there for the TSA and 1:30 AM take off. At midnight there are FEW stores and services available.  Wait for the boarding. Big decision: go to sleep immediately or wait for dinner and then sleep. Cathay Pacific does a good job with food and wine even in economy, so wait. Good choice.  I went to sleep at 2:30A for about 6 hours. It was that “not quite deep kind”; you are aware of dreaming when you “come up” a bit but can never remember what was in the dream. The map showed the ongoing plane route due north from BOS; Rimouski Canada, Labrador City, and the North of Canada. Later on we were over Russia and then Mongolia on the way due south to Hong Kong; just under 16 hours. HK airport is still busy at 5:30 AM. Food court with FREE WIFI is open but not the stores. OK.  7:30AM and the stores are beginning to open. Givenchy just opened below the food court balcony. Now we need to find out what...