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September 9th, Last day in Bangkok. After my now, standard breakfast of banana pancake and Nescafe, I pull out the “must see list” made for me by the lovely man at the Mae Thorani shrine. I decide to go to Watin temple.

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Maha Uma Devi Temple It took a good hour to get to the Uma temple from the Amulet Market. First a boat ride down the river, which provided a welcome breeze in the increasing heat and humidly of the day.  Then a ride on the air-conditioned sky train, Bangkok’s metro system, followed by a short steamy walk through streets with virtually no pedestrians.   Nestled in a neighborhood of white sky scrappers sits the small colorful temple. Built in the 1860’s by the local Tamil community the temple is

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September 8, 2010 Next to the Wat Maha That, is one of many amulet markets in Bangkok.  The market lines the street with stalls of amulets and statues of Buddhas, powerful monks, and Hindu gods along with the occasional odd and somewhat scary voodu-esq objects; crocodile heads, cloth dolls, tree pods that look like people.

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September 8, 2010 The flight was long 24 hours from door to door.  The first leg of the trip was 12 hours, which I dreaded because of my occasional fits of claustrophobia, but with the help of Lorzapan, a truly magic pill, I slept like a baby and by the time we landed in Taipei I was optimistic and awake.