The 1971-72 Global Semester, Day by Day

Thursday, November 25, 1971 (Thanksgiving Day)

The plane is very nice, a DC-9, and very clean. No sooner had we lifted off the ground than the stewardesses began passing out fruit juices and wines and some little rolled-up things like krumkakes. Then they set before our amazed eyes – we noticed this right away – a tray with the usual excellent cheese, Danish butter (unsalted – yuk!), crackers, roll, deviled egg salad, and pumpkin pie. Then they came with the turkey, potatoes, peas, carrots, and our choice of beverage. We had some good red wine. It was the best meal I’ve had since Claridge’s as far as quality and taste but the best meal since we left home as far as actual emotional satisfaction. We never expected to get Thanksgiving dinner on a Thai plane. We saw our pilot a little while before landing when he came back and talked to someone. He was a big middle-aged Swede, very distinguished looking, with 4 stripes on his shoulders.

Our baggage was already at the YMCA when we got there. It’s new and modern. They served us sandwiches down in the restaurant: ham, beef, or cheese thinly sliced on toast with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and lettuce. They even gave us seconds and thirds and we could have any drink we wanted that cost 3 baht (15 cents): Coke, Fanta, or chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry milk. Foremost milk! And Foremost ice cream.

They had the odd number of rooms problem again so Don and I got split up but we’re right next door to each other. I’m with Denise and he’s with Paul Chmelik.


Friday, November 26, 1971

Today we had an air-conditioned bus for our tour. We had a different guide than last night. He was a young guy whose English was not very good. He says “rivlary” for library and “levorution” for revolution. The Grand Palace was impressive. We also went to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.


Saturday, November 27, 1971

This morning we had to get up early because our tour started at 7:00 AM. We got off the bus and took a 45 minute ride in a motor boat (12 in each boat) down the River Chao Phraya and through the canals to the floating market. Wouldn’t you know but right in the middle of everything was a big souvenir shop. They had traffic cops standing on the boats directing traffic. After that we went back to the river and got off for a visit to the Temple of Dawn.


The food here is very good although the breakfasts are skimpy: 2 boiled eggs, 2 pieces of toast, and one cup of tea. Supper last night was delicious Thai food: rice and some stew which looked like Indian stuff but wasn’t, an omelet type of thing, greens with shrimp, fish balls, and pineapple and papaya for dessert.

It looks as if they’re going to have a dance out on the basketball court tonight.

Sunday, November 28, 1971

We walked around a little today. We went up to the 21st floor (or 23rd?) of the Dusit Thani hotel to get a view of Bangkok. It was really hot and humid, like Minnesota in the summer, so we headed back to the YMCA.


We’ve been stuffing ourselves with ice cream here. Don really needs the calories to gain some weight back.