Hi, sorry I do not have the time to share any more photos---we indeed must check out in, now, about 40 minutes. Father's post, just below, so beautifully summarized thoughts I share about Father Nash, our students, and our Assumption University colleagues. Father Linnane has been an inspiration, day to day, always serious, yet always ready to experience and share joy in the moment---a quality our Thai worldmates share. I am grateful to him and all who accelerated the quality of this trip. (Vicki, thank you for the smooth travel arrangements!)
I wish to close with two comments that refer to Father's post, directly below. First, Father describes our flying canal boat (they call it a klang) as having no life vests, along with his desire to skate through the trip. We also took a tuktuk, which is a three-wheeled sort of taxicab that is open air, small, and complete with motor-in-the-air, a car battery on its front seat, and all sorts of other Mad Max-style features. Father said he was not scared during the trip, which surprised me, because he teased me on the way into the tuktuk about all I was putting him through (even though the tour guide made the decision to take one). When I got out of the tuktuk, with Father smiling, I found an empty water bottle on the seat---twisted into a tight spiral---I asked, and...it was his! : )
Second, I want to point out that in the elongated picture of the reclining Buddha, in Father's post below, if you look to the very bottom left, you can see some people. Yes, they are tiny---the Buddha is huge!
See you all soon in the States,
OK, here are a few more that I liked. You can observe the ornateness I referred to below. The gold is real, and one of the pictures displays some fabulous porcelain. Enjoy!