Let's start this very last Thailand post with some green.
One day we went to see the elephants. It was quite sad actually. The elephants were awesome but we couldn't really shake off the feeling that they weren't totally happy with their lives.
Here lies Claes ready for some belly massage.
After the show it was time for elephant riding. It took forever (60 minutes!) and we felt kind of bored after ten minutes. But it was beautiful surroundings for some parts of the ride.
And we liked when the elephant wanted to eat the tree instead of walking the way his master wanted him to go.
One night we went to the Cicada market. I had read about it on the internet before but all I knew was that it should be more arts and crafts than most Thai markets.
I immediately fell in love!
They had food carts all over the place, lamps in the trees and amazing crafts to buy!
I mean, just LOOK at the place! I want a place like this in Gothenburg. An entire park with delicious food, arts and crafts and places to hang out - open every friday to sunday! AMAZING!
We looked closely at all the food carts before we decided what to eat. And we actually ate desserts first before we realised we probably should eat some real food too. Love to be an adult and eat in the wrong order!
When it was dark the lights in the trees made it look all magical.
I was twenty meters behind on the way out, wanting to stay as long as I could.
When we left I felt I have to return to this place some day. Next time we come to Thailand whenever that might be.
Our last day in Thailand was spent at the beach. It was crazy hot and it was hard to move at all without turning in to a big sweat pond.
We made this beach bed ours and ordered in some fruit drinks.
The sand was insanely hot so for me to stand still and take this photo was a real challenge.
A tiny boat on the ocean! This looks like some sort of childrens book illustration to me. I think it would be about someone running away on the big, big ocean and experience new worlds that you thought only existed in the imagination.
David and his audio recorder capturing the sound of the waves.
Look, he's dancing in the dinstance.
And that was all from our Thailand trip. It was truly amazing and we experienced so many things.
Today we booked a trip to South Africa for later this year. A friend of mine is getting married there and I am going to be their wedding photographer. This year is one crazy travel adventure.
David and our producer Claes are working on a short film right now about a ladyboy living in Bangkok. So the main reason for us to go to Thailand was not vacation but filming the locations and also meet Jessica as she calls herself.
She came to Hua Hin for a few days of vacation and to meet up with us. We took her to the beach first to shoot some scenes.
It was about to rain any second.
Jessica was such a delight and really showed some dramatic talent.
It started to rain like crazy so we had to leave the beach for a while. But when it had stopped raining we went to another location to film some more.
Jessica works as a prostitute in Bangkok. The money she has earned from that paid for her sex change operation.
The movie is about her life story and especially about the choices she has to make.
We had a really great day with her, walking around Hua Hin finding good filming locations.
When we were done for the day we went up to the sky bar of the Hilton Hotel. We had a drink and talked for a while. And enjoyed the pretty view.
I am so happy that I got to meet Jessica. She was such a lovely person and her story is really moving.
You usually just meet people that are similar to you and your lifestyle so meeting Jessica was such a great experience. It might be a cliché but I really believe that people are mostly the same and Jessica proves it.
They hope David has something good for them. In reality he's searching for light bulbs.
Vi är hemma nu.
Trötta och krassliga. David stackarn har fått öroninflammation. Jag dras nog mest med en vanlig hederlig förkylning.
Jag ska sortera igenom de sista fotona snart men först ska ni få bekanta er lite med Betty och Dolly, de före detta gatuhundarna som blivit omhändertagna och vaccinerats och nu springer fritt på det område där vi bodde. De älskade oss och vi älskade dem.
Och nu saknar vi dem jättemycket.
We're home now.
Tired and a bit under the weather. David's got an ear infection, poor boy, and I've got a regular cold as it seems.
I'm going to sort through the rest of the photos soon but first I will let you get to know Betty and Dolly, the former street dogs that's been taken care of and vaccinated and now roam free in the area that we lived in during our stay in Thailand.
They loved us and we loved them.
And now we miss them terribly.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!
David has got an audience...
David tries to teach Dolly to sit but she seems to think she's getting an ass rub.
Claes has better luck wtih some dog candy.
When Betty is sleeping she looks almost like a kangaroo.
Yesterday morning when we were about to leave.
Running towards me for some goodbye kissing, climbing and hugging.
Oh, Dolly! You are the sweetest dog ever!
On tuesday afternoon David and I went out to explore some abandoned houses that we've been seeing from the car every time we have been going in to Hua Hin. It was very hot and humid so we had brought lots of water with us.
I had to stop to take photos all the time and was always a few steps behind. These surroundings take my breath away!
And then we were there!
These house started to get built in 1997 but for some reason they weren't finished and since then they have just been standing there like skeletons of what could have been really pretty houses.
Can you see David by the way?
The vegetation has been taking over the entire area. It looked really amazing in the setting sun.
David had his camera monopod with him partly for the ability to take steady photos high up in the air but also to seek through the grass and bushes in front of us for snakes.
Let's go inside!
It was a lovely light moving through the otherwise kind of grim insides of the houses.
And the view from those windows!
Almost like paintings! With The Black Mountains in the distant.
I would love to have a real photoshoot there with models and everything. That would have been great, I think!
And on the other side of the houses: This. *sigh*
And to think that this would have been their back garden!? Imagine what it would be like to take your morning coffee with you out on the porch, or just sit down on a stump somewhere and breath it all in. Truly amazing.
David tries to grasp the beauty of it.
One of the things I can't resist taking photos of: Ruins and weird stone things covered in vegetation.
And grass/flowers in setting sun. It's like an addiction really; I just have to photograph it!
All of a sudden we had company! By this little fella. He followed us closely for a while but thankfully never touched us. A lot of the dogs around here have been vaccinated and helped by the local dog rescue but not all of them so you can't pet them no matter how adorable they may be.
They are building a gated community for finnish people here. I still really don't understand the point of building communities where only your own countrymen could live. I think it's sad actually.
Maybe there's advantages to this but all I can see is a distancing from other people and why do you wan't to live in another country if you only get too see the same boring people as you do at home? Is it only the warm weather you're after then? If there's something I'm missing here please let me know because this truly baffles me.
At this point we were very warm and tired but not very far from our house.
Just a quick stop at the little shop for something to eat. These shops have everthing you need and also works as restaurants.
After this we got home and I found five really large mosquito bites on my thigh. All of them att the same spot. Almost like they had a little party on my leg without me knowing about it. Isn't that rude!?