|Before it got crowded|
I don’t know who make the plastic stool (stools actually—it was one staked on the other) but they did a terrible job! The luggage got stacked 4 suitcases high behind him in the aisle. He was right next to me and there were two guys on his other side. There were more shoulders than there was space for so we took turns sitting normally and leaning forwards. Any time the van slowed down the stools would make cracking sounds like they were breaking and the soldier would have to brace himself and stand up a little. After 2 hours of that we stopped for a bathroom break and decided to leave the plastic seats and make a ‘bed’ out of the luggage. It was bad, but not AS bad as it had been. The next 4 hours passed as I dozed a little, listened to music, and listened to “The Book Thief” on my phone. A little past midnight we were dropped off on the side of the road in a big, new city. We caught a taxi to our hotel. I had desperately hoped that Tanner would be in Thailand by then so I had booked a separate room from the shared rood the girls got in the hostel. He was still in the states so I had a lovely private room to myself.
We didn’t spend much time there as we arrived around 1 am and were set to head out early the next morning. The next morning just after 6am our private van arrived at the hostel. We went to the floating market, Rose Garden, Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and the Reclining Buddha. More on those adventures to come!