You never know what critters you will find in your house in Thailand. This time it was a massive termite infestation. Not fun! But Joshua still had a good time showing the termites who was in charge when we found the nest. Watch our 1 minute video to get the full report.
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This past July, Joshua and I had an opportunity to ride an elephant in Ayuthaya, an ancient capital of Thailand. We paid way too much for the ride, and way too much for the official photo that you see below, but it is not everyday that a boy gets to go for an elephant ride. And Joshua had a great time, and that's what's important.
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Our our recent vacation, Karl & Joshua went to a nearby science park where they had a fun dinosaur garden for the kids. I don't know if they were supposed to be ridden but we did. Here's some pictures.
One of the more colorful aspects of living in Thailand is geckos. On our walls. On our ceiling. On our table. Scurrying across the floors. Converging upon the porch light in hopes of getting some yummy bugs for dinner. However, geckos seem to have an uncanny ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, meeting some rather horrible deaths. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have opened up a door or window only to see a dried up, quite flat, gecko skeleton fall out of the space between the window/door and the frame. Apparently when I had been closing up the house at some point, a poor little gecko didn’t move in time before getting caught in between a closing window/door and the frame. Normally, geckos are extremely quick but unlike flies, they don’t have those compound eyes to anticipate what’s coming from behind them. So, they get squished. Regularly. In anyone were to do some research, I wouldn’t be surprised to find “squished in door frame” to be one of the top causes of gecko death.
I am convinced that I no matter how long I live in Thailand, I will continue to run into strange new creatures that I have never seen before. The other day when I was bringing groceries into the kitchen, I saw on the floor what looked like a scorpion. However, on closer inspection, it didn't have the telling scorpion-tale but rather a long needle tail. I got down on the floor to take some pictures, hoping it was not too dangerous. Eventually I scooped it up in a dustpan and threw it out the front door, not wanting to upset nature lovers who were saddened by my blog about killing the snake that got into our house. Today, I learned from a fellow missionary that my scorpion wanna-be is actually a vinegar bug. It has a better sounding name in Spanish, but my friend could not recall what the name was. Apparently, the long needle on the rear of the bug shoots out a smelly vinegar type spray when the bug is upset or scared. Fortunately, getting scooped into the dustbin was not disturbing enough to get shot with vinegar.