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What a Weekend!

There is never a shortage of chaos and surprises here in Bangkok and this weekend was no exception.

We visited a floating market in Pathaya on Friday.  The name was quite deceiving as there wasn’t much there that was actually floating.  While shopping, I decided to purchase a popsicle and decided on the “mixed fruit” flavor.  To my surprise, there were corn kernels in my fruit popsicle!  It tasted kinda funny.

Equally devastating, I got pickpocketed yesterday at the weekend outdoor market.  Somebody unzipped the bag I was carrying around and stole my money out of it.  They got about $200, my debit card, and my driver’s liscense.  Luckily, I found some police officers fairly quickly and they took me to the police station where I had to file a report.  They gave me money for a taxi back to the house.  Canceling my card was a little difficult because the system that my bank has in place for contacting them internationally didn’t work.  Mom and Dad are in New Orleans, so I couldn’t get ahold of them.  Luckily, my grandpa was awake (it was 4am Central Time) and he was able to cancel my card for me.  Thank you, Grandpa!!!  Although it was terrifying at the time, I was able to get everything figured out and it could have been a lot worse. They didn’t get my passport and I still have my credit card, so that’s good.

It was my friend Patty’s last night here last night so we went out and celebrated (and yes, found those English boys again, haha!)  Today we’re probably going to go do some more sightseeing in Bangkok.

Hope you’re all doing well.  I only have 2 weeks left, which is kind of sad.  But I miss you all and can’t wait to see you when I get home!

Love always,

Katrina

4 Responses to “What a Weekend!”

  1. I just want you to know I got your message but not until Grandpa had already come to your rescue. Then we really didn’t know how to contact you from our cell phones. I’m sure it was frightening, but you did all the right things, and we had all the right things in place for recovery. I love you. We are headed home now, 17 hours on the bus. We’ll try to contact you from home.

  2. I’m sorry about your pickpocketing experience, but I’m happy that you found the English boys again! Haha, I’m a sucker for a British accent…

  3. We are back home now. I tried to respond from my work cell phone, but couldn’t get the e-mail, blog comment, or phone call to go through. It would probably be easier for you to call us in the next couple days while we are home. I’m glad you are safe. Hopefully it is nothing more than money lost. I’m sure that person needs the money worse than we do, although I know it feels terrifying to have that violation happen to you. You did all the right things and I’m glad we discussed what to do before you left. We had a great time in New Orleans and will tell you more when we see you.

  4. I am sorry about such kind of experience in host country, and I really glad that you did know what to do. You and your mom is a great team of discussing and preveting confused situations like this, as lots of people forget to think about it before their trip.

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