Rocky!!!!

Rocky!!!!

El Senor, Don Ricardo!!!

El Senor, Don Ricardo!!!

Our nice hotel in Bangkok, where we spend the New Year's festivities!

Our nice hotel in Bangkok, where we spend the New Year's festivities!

At the massage parlour in Bangkok where I get a nice Thai massage!

At the massage parlour in Bangkok where I get a nice Thai massage!

.... and then, a birthday dinner at my favourite place in Thailand, Sunrise Tacos!

.... and then, a birthday dinner at my favourite place in Thailand, Sunrise Tacos!

I get chicken fajitas along with our customary endless bowl of tortilla chips and salsa, Anna gets chicken tacos... to our surprise people with birthdays get free meals and free pie for dessert!  So I get a huuuuuuuge portion for a king, all free!

I get chicken fajitas along with our customary endless bowl of tortilla chips and salsa, Anna gets chicken tacos... to our surprise people with birthdays get free meals and free pie for dessert! So I get a huuuuuuuge portion for a king, all free!

About to dig into my birthday feast!!!!

About to dig into my birthday feast!!!!

fajitas, sooooo good!

fajitas, sooooo good!

Getting impossibly full, struggling to eat everything on the plate, which I'm determined to do!

Getting impossibly full, struggling to eat everything on the plate, which I'm determined to do!

Sir Sphincter sleeps with his wings spread again!  hahaha

Sir Sphincter sleeps with his wings spread again! hahaha

Awwww..... Rocky cuddles.

Awwww..... Rocky cuddles.

The Rocky cuddles....

The Rocky cuddles....

Rocky gets an all-you-can-eat fruit buffet.  His first time tasting cherries or kiwis, he loooooves the cherries!

Rocky gets an all-you-can-eat fruit buffet. His first time tasting cherries or kiwis, he loooooves the cherries!

Rocky attacking the fruit bowl with vigor.

Rocky attacking the fruit bowl with vigor.

The Don Ricardo....

The Don Ricardo....

Our Spanish guest uses his camping rope to make Rocky an epic obstacle course!  Rocky is about to embark on his maiden voyage....

Our Spanish guest uses his camping rope to make Rocky an epic obstacle course! Rocky is about to embark on his maiden voyage....

Anna is so happy her Canadian friend Diane came to visit!

Anna is so happy her Canadian friend Diane came to visit!

We watch in awe as Rocky shows off his acrobat skills!

We watch in awe as Rocky shows off his acrobat skills!

All aboard!  Day trippin' to Ayutthaya.....

All aboard! Day trippin' to Ayutthaya.....

The happy conductor man passing through...

The happy conductor man passing through...

scenes from the train....

scenes from the train....

The Spaniard enjoying the ride....

The Spaniard enjoying the ride....

more scenes from the train!

more scenes from the train!

having a wander around Ayutthaya

having a wander around Ayutthaya

Anna and Diane having fun exploring the ruins!

Anna and Diane having fun exploring the ruins!

climbing around on the ancient Thai ruins....

climbing around on the ancient Thai ruins....

Good times!

Good times!

My 3rd visit to Ayutthaya in the past year, and like my 6th overall.  Always a good time!

My 3rd visit to Ayutthaya in the past year, and like my 6th overall. Always a good time!

ancient pagodas

ancient pagodas

grounds crew sweepin' the steps

grounds crew sweepin' the steps

about to explore the ancient tombs

about to explore the ancient tombs

Ayutthaya-style basketball!

Ayutthaya-style basketball!

we rented bikes for 50 baht for the whole day, and rode 'em to all the major ruins....

we rented bikes for 50 baht for the whole day, and rode 'em to all the major ruins....

climbing down from another site...

climbing down from another site...

the famous  Buddha in the tree....

the famous Buddha in the tree....

some little tourists posing by the Buddha

some little tourists posing by the Buddha

good times!

good times!

After a night bike ride where I just narrowly eluded a viscous dog gang on my bike, and we found a secluded ruins spot with tons of lightning bugs, we couldn't get a train back till very late.  The wagon was totally empty except for us and this drunken old dude, who was super-cool!

After a night bike ride where I just narrowly eluded a viscous dog gang on my bike, and we found a secluded ruins spot with tons of lightning bugs, we couldn't get a train back till very late. The wagon was totally empty except for us and this drunken old dude, who was super-cool!

Don Ricardo sleeps....

Don Ricardo sleeps....

Don Ricardo in his new home-made play-tube....

Don Ricardo in his new home-made play-tube....

A few days later, Anna and I take another day-trip to the nearby village of Bang Pa-In.  After a train mix-up, we get there much later than expected, and settle into this riverside restaurant for a nice Thai lunch.

A few days later, Anna and I take another day-trip to the nearby village of Bang Pa-In. After a train mix-up, we get there much later than expected, and settle into this riverside restaurant for a nice Thai lunch.

beautiful river views in this sleepy little village....

beautiful river views in this sleepy little village....

Bang Pa-In Riverfront....

Bang Pa-In Riverfront....

We make it to the famed palace, only to find it's already closed.  Oh well!

We make it to the famed palace, only to find it's already closed. Oh well!

On the way back to Rangsit, we meet some very friendly Indonesian exchange students and hang out with them as we wait our train...

On the way back to Rangsit, we meet some very friendly Indonesian exchange students and hang out with them as we wait our train...

Thai coffee stall!

Thai coffee stall!

early morning foggy sunrise from our condo balcony....

early morning foggy sunrise from our condo balcony....

We got a pretty nice hotel room (by our meager standards, haha) for New Year's 2017!  Now let's par-tayyy!

We got a pretty nice hotel room (by our meager standards, haha) for New Year's 2017! Now let's par-tayyy!

trying out my new gopro from our rooftop pool... nice view of the sprawling BKK skyline from up here.  But the pool water is coooold!

trying out my new gopro from our rooftop pool... nice view of the sprawling BKK skyline from up here. But the pool water is coooold!

Going into the city for New Year's festivities!

Going into the city for New Year's festivities!

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