19.12.2009 -20 °C
We began our 4 day journey home with a ferry from Thongsala to Don Sak, then a bus to the airport in Surrat Thani and flight to Bangkok. We stayed in Bangkok for 2 nights, just long enough to retrieve our bags of Christmas shopping stored at a hotel on Kao San Road. Then Wednesday morning we boarded a flight for our 21 hour journey home into the deep freeze.
Bless her heart, Dave's mom started sending us the Edmonton weather forecast a few days in advance to help us mentally acclimatize. Did you know, Edmonton was the coldest place on Earth Saturday night, even colder than Siberia and the Antarctic (though Dave just informed me that it is summer there right now)? Minus 50 something was recorded at the Edmonton airport but it was only a balmy -35C in the city. Crazy.
I was really curious to see what the drastic change in temperature would do to us. Needless to say, if it weren't for seeing you, our dear family and friends, I think I'd seriously consider flying straight to Costa Rica from here. Alright, enough complaining about the weather already. See, you can take the girl out of Canada but you can't take Canada out of the girl.
Here are some photos we took as we had some time to kill at the airport.
It was a funny sensation to land in Tokyo. People were wearing heavy clothes, boots and winter jackets, and there was only a hint of Christmas. Then we landed in Vancouver where it was raining and still just a hint of Christmas with some decorations. Then we landed in Edmonton to snow, Christmas decorations and the sound of, "Just hear those sleigh bells ringing and ring ting tingling too." It just doesn't seem like Christmas until there's snow. We had arrived into the land of Christmas and we were still wearing our flip flops.
It didn't take long for our calendar to fill up with Christmas parties and dinner dates. The thought of seeing all of our friends warms my heart enough to compensate for the most frigid temperatures outside.