"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere . . . "
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
While the baby naps, I am able to pull photos from the new camera we took with us to Orlando. This is the replacement camera for the one that died last year in Hawaii, the new camera that we bought while I was in labor. Because we like to let things go down to the wire like that, yo!
Actually, no one in B&H Photo (the go-to place here in the city for purchasing electronics) had any idea that a baby was imminent. We were sly like that. And hey - we'd already sat through a movie (Jurassic Park 3D) and downed a bunch of popcorn and soda. Little Roman wasn't in a hurry so neither were we.
Anyway, the photo onslaught continues.
Ready for lunch, at the Beast's Castle, Disney's Magical Kingdom.
At 16 days old, Roman (and Roman's mommie and daddy) needed a vacation. So we flew to Orlando to traipse around theme parks with family, of course, as one does with a two week old baby, while Doolin went to Spring Camp here in Manhattan.
At Hollywood Studios, Roman saw his first 3D movie (Muppet Vision 3D).
Later, at the Magic Kingdom, we converged outside of Sleeping Beauty's castle on a warm, sunny afternoon.
We played all day and finally took our leave down Main Street after watching the electrical parade.
(someone might have fallen asleep for that part)
We visited Universal Studios on another day and took Roman on the Hogwarts Express.
We all had fun at the castle, although our littlest wizard was too small to ride.
When we tired of the sights, we retired to the lakefront for a quiet afternoon...
...and an early dinner at Margaritaville.
(he is exhausted from all of that sleeping, you know)
Back at the hotel, we relaxed by the pool...
...and we napped!
And of course we bought little Roman an appropriate souvenir from his adventure.
It was surreal to arrive in Bangkok just in time for their airport tree lighting ceremony.
We wandered by en route to our flight to Phuket and voila!
The airport was a little bit confusing, but we got along okay.
We arrived in Phuket in the dead of night and made our way directly to the Baipho Lifestyle, a sweet little guesthouse in Patong Beach. After two days of flying, we had nothing left - we forfieted exploration and went right to sleep.
In the morning, we explored as far as our breakfast table...
...where I hoped to dive into something exotic, but found instead eggs and toast. Which suited Ben just fine.
Within minutes of clearing our plates we were whisked away for our first real adventure in Thailand- three days at Elephant Hills!
The two hour drive took us through beautiful Kao Suk National Park.
Once there, our driver deposited us in a boat on a river!
After 3 hours of delays in Los Angeles (due to toilet malfunctions, good times!) our flight finally launched for Tokyo.
And even though our flight was supposed to continue on to Bangkok it...well...didn't. They sent another plane on ahead and stranded all of us in Japan. Our three hour delay turned into a 15 hour layover.
It could have been worse. At least - due to my crazy work travels - I have priority status. So they didn't make us wait in the huge economy class holding pen. And at least they sent us to a hotel for the night.
And they fed us.
We showered and slept and saw sunrise over some random section of Tokyo.
Clearing customs was quick but confusing.
With time to kill at the airport, we made the rounds of the shops and found some...interesting...items.
Um, no. But this was more my speed - a tasty tuna rice cake!
That and a green tea latte and I was ready for another 8 hour flight.
Our new flight was on colorful Thai Airways.
We settled in for our 3-movie flight...
...and even tried some of the snacks!
(In the future, however, I'll be sticking to popcorn.)