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Week of February 17, 2019

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Saturday

We are on the airplane preparing to fly to India. We have one stop on the way in Bangkok, Thailand. Our layover is 12-hours! Isn't that crazy? Oh well, we are going to leave the airport in Bangkok and go out and explore Thailand for a while. Then we will arrive in New Delhi, India VERY LATE tonight. Luckily we have all day tomorrow to sleep before our Monday morning meeting. Okay, we will update our blog when we are back at the airport. We have attached some photos that we found of Thailand. Isn't this place beautiful?

     - Geo


Here is a picture of the sunset in Thailand - beautiful! --- Copyright (c) Steven Robiner - All Rights Reserved - May Not Be Used Without Explicit Written Permission


The city of Bangkok


Another picture of downtown

Saturday Night

Holy Idaho! I am so glad that we left the airport and went out to explore Thailand. Wait until you see the pictures that we took of this amazing city and country. We met a local teenager (Vu), who took us on a personalized tour of the city. We learned so much from Vu. Believe it or not, his part-time job is a tour guide for the local bus company - so his knowledge was incredible. He was off today, but he was excited to meet American teenagers. We didn't tell him why we were "really" in Thailand, just that we had a 12-hour layover and wanted to learn more about the country. And boy did we learn a lot!


Thailand is located in Southeast Asia. It is about double the size of the state of Wyoming. I wonder if any of our blog readers live in Wyoming? We attached a map of Thailand to show you exactly where it is located.


Thailand has a pretty unique climate. The southern isthmus is always hot and humid. An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger bodies of land. The rest of the country has changing weather based on the seasons. During the warm summer months of May through September, the weather is tropical, rainy, and warm. While in the cooler months (November - March), the weather is much dryer and cooler. The main natural hazard found in Thailand is a drought. Over 27% of the land in Thailand is arable. Some of the agricultural products that come from Thailand include soybeans, coconuts, corn, sugarcane, rubber, rice, and cassava (aka - tapioca).


This country is rich in natural resources - rubber, tin, natural gas, fish, lead, timber, tantalum, tungsten, gypsum, fluorite, and of course arable land. Thailand exports goods to many countries. Do you remember what it means when something is exported? Thailand exports rubber, jewelry, automobiles, computers, electrical appliances, textiles, footwear, fishery products, rice, and more. The country that receives the highest percentage of exported Thai goods is the USA! Holy Idaho! Over 15% of all of Thailand's exports are sent to the USA. Tourism is a major industry (as Vu knows). Other industries include jewelry, automobiles and automobile parts, computers, electrical appliances, and countless others.


Vu told us that Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand (Holy Idaho! How didn't we know that?) Thailand is divided into 76 provinces. A province is a name for a secondary - or smaller and less important level of government. A province is similar to a state (such as Arizona or Texas). And the BEST news of all, Bangkok is extremely close to the Gulf of Thailand - a beautiful beach area. It is only 2pm, so guess where we are heading now? You guessed it - the beach.

     - Meri


Shopping in Bangkok --- Copyright (c) Steven Robiner - All Rights Reserved - May Not Be Used Without Explicit Written Permission


Vu's neighbors --- Copyright (c) Steven Robiner - All Rights Reserved - May Not Be Used Without Explicit Written Permission

 

Thailand Travel Guide
This website shows several pictures and videos of Thailand. Check them out!

 

Map of Thailand
Scroll down under the main map to find a list of many maps of various cities in Thailand. By clicking on the city, you can see a detailed map of that particular city. Be sure to check out Bangkok. What other major cities are near Bangkok?


Our Trip to the Beach

The beach was awesome; we even added some additional pictures of our beach trip. Now we are on our flight towards India. We will update our blog tomorrow (after we get some sleep).

     - Geo


The BEACH --- Copyright (c) Steven Robiner - All Rights Reserved - May Not Be Used Without Explicit Written Permission


Look at this amazing view! --- Copyright (c) Steven Robiner - All Rights Reserved - May Not Be Used Without Explicit Written Permission


This is the beach restaurant where we ate dinner - we sat on the floor on cushions. It was so cool! --- Copyright (c) Steven Robiner - All Rights Reserved - May Not Be Used Without Explicit Written Permission

Sunday

Well, the sun is going down on the city of New Delhi and Meri and I are just waking up for the day! Our flight was late arriving last night and we didn't get to bed until the sun was coming up this morning. Unfortunately, we didn't get to go out and explore this city yet. Tonight we are just hanging around the hotel and preparing for our meeting tomorrow. The hotel does have a lot of information about this country that Meri is checking out.


India is located in Southern Asia between Pakistan and Burma. It is bordered by the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. India is the 2nd most populated country in the world (China is the most populated). India is also the 7th largest country by geographical area. India is a Federal Republic with 28 states and 7 Union Territories. A Federal Republic is composed of self-governing states united by a federal government. The United States is also a Federal Republic. The overall size of India is about 1/3 of the size of the entire United States. The exact size of India is 3, 287,590 square kilometers.


The weather in India is temperate in the north and tropical in the south. Do you remember what parts of the U.S. are called "temperate?" India has several natural hazards like drought, earthquakes, severe thunderstorms, and even flash floods and monsoons. Some of the monsoons spread rain across a wide range of land and are extremely destructive.


India has a great number of natural resources including limestone, petroleum, diamonds, chromite, natural gas, iron ore, mica, manganese, bauxite, titanium, ore, coal (4th largest amounts in the world), and lots of arable land. In fact, almost half (48%) of the land is arable. Some of the agricultural products that come from India include fish, sheep, goats, poultry, rice, wheat, cotton, oilseed, jute, tea, cattle, water buffalo, potatoes, and sugarcane.


We found some wonderful pictures of the country - check them out! We will write more tomorrow after our meeting about "the monkey."

     - Geo


The Taj Mahal - an incredible monument finished around 1648. This world-famous monument is found in Agra, India.


Here is the Laksminarain Temple - found in New Delhi, India.


The mountainside of India.

 

Map of India
What countries surround India? What bodies or water border this country?


Monday

We had our meeting today at 10:00am. To say that it was unsuccessful would be putting things mildly! Holy Idaho! What a disaster! We met with a gentleman (Mr. Win) for about 30-minutes. We got through all of our questions. We started with a general question about the monkey - what capabilities they are looking for. Mr. Win remained sort of vague, but explained that they are always trying to locate new sites for natural resources. They use animals to determine if land is "rich" in natural resources and worth the investment to purchase. We tried to ask him where they keep the animals, and if they have any other animals (aka - Dewey). His one eye started to blink uncontrollably. Geo asked if he was okay. He said he was fine. But he wouldn't look us in the eye at all. Finally, he asked us if we had a cellular phone. We said yes. He asked if he could see it - so we showed it to him. Still blinking like crazy, he grabbed our phone, ran to the wall, and opened this strange metal cabinet. He threw the phone into the cabinet. He explained that the cabinet is a trash chute - and we had no need for a cellular phone in Asia, because it wouldn't work here anyway. WHAT????? We told him that our phone was working fine. His eye continued to blink and he told us, "You two must leave now." How strange is that?


We ran (literally) back to our hotel room and called Uncle GT on the hotel phone. He told us that Mr. Win must have become suspicious of our "story." He said the blinking eye sounded like a nervous reflex because Mr. Win must have been worried about our visit or about our finding out the truth about something. Uncle GT told us to immediately go to the dumpster area of the company and FIND OUR PHONE!!! So we are now off to go through the trash - YUCK! We need your advice though; we don't know where to begin. What do you think will help us find our phone the quickest?

     - Meri


Here is a dad and child we saw while we were out today. The dad seemed to be playing an instrument. Do you see those snakes? Yikes!


Here is a herd of oxen that we saw on our way to Veritas Resources.


A beautiful picture of the city

 

Map of India
Can you find New Delhi? Are we in northern or southern India? What other countries are we near? Can you find Nepal? Do you remember what famous \"mountain\" was in Nepal? Here is your clue - it is the highest elevation in the world!

Tell Geo and Meri what to do:

- Should we go to the receptionist on the first floor and ask where the trash chute goes? Why should we tell her we are looking through the

- Should we start in one of the public bathrooms in

- Should we walk around the exterior of the building and see if we can locate any large dumpsters?



 

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