My brother and his family were not arriving until about 6pm but I decided to head into Ubon early anyway. I checked into T3, set up my office and managed to knock over about six solid hours of computer work using the much more reliable internet at T3 then the very poor substitute I have back in the village.
I only took one quick break all afternoon to grab a snack.
I was on my way to the airport when they rang, asking where I was as they had arrived a few minutes early. I put the foot down and 90 seconds later I pulled up out the front where they were all waiting. The kids were stoked when I told them that they were allowed to ride in the back with all the luggage. A real shame I forgot to take a photo.
Back to T3 to show them to their rooms before we hit the streets of Ubon looking for a feed. We ended up at a very popular place on Sapahsit Road that opens late in the afternoon but never seems to close until around the time that the sun comes up. We created quite a scene walking in with four gorgeous blonde kids in tow! Lots of yummy Thai food was consumed before it was back to the hotel for some sleep.
The next morning we my brother and I went off to pick up their hire car for the next 8 days. Via Balcony Kiss for a coffee of course! I have previously talked about Jay Jay here on my blog but that was all about hiring a motorbike in Ubon Ratchathani. They now also do cars and once again we got excellent service, a good price and a great car. I can highly recommend them.
Once the car was sorted it was back to pick up the others, a quick visit to Tesco and then the drive back to the village. My kids were very excited to welcome them to their house. They had been talking about this moment for years. It wasn’t very long before the visitors had worked out where things were and had made themselves at home.
That night, after dinner and showers the kids decided to put on a show for the adults. Some of it was quite funny.
The next few days disappeared quickly. A lot of the time was spent just hanging out around the house and village but a few trips were taken as well. The weather was very cool so just the one swim was had at the river.
Last year I blogged about cooking damper over the coals and it was a lot of fun so we did again this year. With the cool weather the cooking was not only fun but kept the kids warm as well.
Their trip coincided with a Sunday so we took them to the little local church that we had found the previous holiday. It is conveniently located next to the only 7/11 for 40 kms so an ice cream just had to be bought. Talk about taking up all the room!
One afternoon we had a little free entertainment right behind our house with a few rounds of cock fighting taking place. I was surprised that Ariya seem pretty interested in watching but not really anyone else.
The next (and last) photo for this entry shows some of the kids at a waterfall. It was an interesting day with the kids become celebrities for an hour but I am going to save that for a separate blog coming very soon…