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    ^ you may loose more than one nail i think.

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    Yeah, something's afoot!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I also know that there will be a cold Norwegian receptionist at the hotel to check me into my my cold, sterile, 18 square meter room with two single beds pushed up against one another, with a host of modern 'Memes' posted on the bathroom wall telling me about the need to be environmentally conscious.
    Must be higher class than your student room in Gothenburg.

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    Hope the trip and work go well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    Must be higher class than your student room in Gothenburg.

    That was grim.

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    ^ But as with anything else, the time soon passes and then it's done... and the money was ok.

    Many years ago my mentor ( I guess) said to me to always take the work offered, and not hold out for something better. This was the best advice I ever had... why hold out for an extra 50 quid a day and then get nothing?

    A year of waiting with no work soon makes that a mug's game.

    Take the work and stay busy and stay current.

    (within reason)

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    True enough!

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    Man o Man Mendy. Crazy times. We are on last week here in California. I just had a Covid test 4 days ago for my Daughters wedding that just passed and will have another one in 6 days before we fly back. To your point, it is very difficult to coordinate Covid tests to comply with the airline rule windows and compounding that stress is you pack up, get ready, get tested, wait and hope it's negative. If not, everything you planned is tossed. For us this is extremely unnerving because Singapore Air at this time will not be flying into BKK after Aug 31st until further notice. So if we miss, we are stuck here in California for who knows how long which creates a tremendous amount of grief for my wife and I. From my work point of view I am tired of my early morning and late late night calls. I want to get back to some normalcy.

    So for now we forge onward and wait for our Covid tests. Then wait 1 day for results. The upside is my toes aren't infected and none of my nails are going to fall off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    my Bangkok hotel, albeit a bit sweaty and stiff.
    That will be a first then.

    I hope your test has gone okay and that everything comes together as planned.

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    ^ Thanks, I had the test early this morning Shutree.

    They do the testing at Building R of the Bangkok Hospital in Huai Khwang. Testing starts at 7am and I think finishes at 9 or 10am. If you get your test done between 7am and 8am they promise same day turn around in 6 to 8 hours, otherwise it's next day.

    I arrived at 6:45 and was No. 1 in the queue list.

    This blue building is Building R... I thought about asking if they could rehabilitate my right toe nail while I was there but it was all a bit busy for messing around.



    I was back at the hotel well before 8am but despite trying, no chance of any more sleep.

    At 10:20am I had an unexpected call... and when the caller announced she was from the hospital I thought, 'Oh shit... this can't be good'.

    But she was just calling to say my Covid test result and Fit to Fly certificate were ready to collect. They had turned it around in 3 hours which was pretty impressive.

    So... it looks like I'm off to work!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post

    So... it looks like I'm off to work!
    Good news.

    I can understand whiting out your name and the hospital number, but even your age? You're already old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I was back at the hotel well before 8am but despite trying, no chance of any more sleep.
    Looking at that photo you posted, it looks like you are about 100m downwind of Lolita's. Are they on Grab these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Willy View Post
    I can understand whiting out your name and the hospital number, but even your age? You're already old.
    Having helped him sort his visa issues, I can confirm he is 64 years old.

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    I hope have stopped all this offshore nonsense by the time I'm 64.

    I may look 64 but I'm a lot younger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I may look 64 but I'm a lot younger!


    Are you on a plane yet?

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    Hi mendip, all the best to you & your new adventures for this year. In case you want to try surstromming again (and make a vid of it), I'll appreciate the shout-out!

    Out of topic - egads, you are a hairy beast!

    Safe travels!

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    ^^ No, fly at 11pm but will head out a bit early because of the curfew.

    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Out of topic - egads, you are a hairy beast!
    Why thanks Katie... that's one of the nicest compliments anyone has ever given me!

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    Happy Trails Mendip.



    Top Tip 1. Ensure your taxi A/C reaches the back seats.

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    Good to see you back posting, katie.

    How's the home brew?

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    I left from Sukhumvit in plenty of time tonight to make sure there were no problems with the curfew... the roads were quiet and I arrived at Suvarnamhumi 4 bladdy hours before my flight.

    It was deserted outside the airport...



    And the same inside.



    Last year when I flew out in July I thought things were quiet... but now the place is like a ghost town. Almost everything shut and cordoned off.

    Airside...



    The KLM trolley dollies ain't getting any younger.



    The only place for food I could find open was this coffee place by the E gates, so I got meself a sandwich and a couple of 50 Baht small bottles of water. Boots has disappeared behind some screening so I couldn't get my usual 9 Baht water bottles.



    I usually dress a bit smart for flights but today I tried wearing proper shoes and my nailess left big toe started rubbing immediately, so I've gone with a plastic slippers and long flying sock combination on my feet. I feel like a bit of a dickhead to be honest... this is typical Korat market girl winter footwear.

    This is in fact the first time I've worn socks for several months. It's all change for me at the moment.



    There's not much else to do but sit at the gate and wait... I hope it's not raining in Kristiansund when I land tomorrow afternoon or I'll feel even more of a dickhead walking around in these slipper things in the cold and wet.

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    ^ stock up on plastic bags in Thailand to wrap around your feet, safe travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    so I've gone with a plastic slippers and long flying sock combination on my feet.
    If only you had a smart and fashionable pair of sandals!

    Sorry, couldn't help myself

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    ^^^ Do what you’ve got to do.


    *tee hee*

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    Fortunately, they are black so hardly anyone can notice.

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    Funny Mendy,
    I have virtually the same empty airport pics when I left for the US back in July. The Airbus 330 plane to Singapore had < 40 people on it and in business class there were 5 people in total including my wife and I. It was an incredibly weird feeling being on a plane that large and empty as far as the eye could see looking back towards the tail of the plane. From Singapore to the US was maybe 50 people total.

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