I love the concentration in Andi's face - dedication.
Nick having a smoke (bad, Nick ... bad)
He planned the entire party for Mel's birthday - isn't that sweet?
Also ... a photo of the new stadium (concessions level).
Today went relatively well considering it was the first dry run. The first official game is Sept 12. Pretty exciting! College football is here!
(If I haven't told you before, my office is an old storage room which includes a three compartment and mop sink. I also share it with my fellow Marketing Manager Suzanne and about 20 interns).
The fall is an exciting time with school beginning again. Excited to have the energy of a new intern team joining me next week! In addition, ARAMARK also secured the suite and concession services at the new University of Minnesota Football Stadium - TCF Bank Stadium. We're knee-deep in getting ready for the first scrimmage game which takes place this Saturday. It'll be a busy week for sure!
The traditional Thai dishes we ate were tasty - mostly cashew chichen or pad thai. Almost always, you could customize the spiciness which was nice. Nearly every item included seafood (especially prawns) and since I don't care much for seafood, there wasn't a ton of selection for me.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the best meal by far was breakfast. It never disappointed. The breakfast buffets at every hotel included the traditional cereals, fruit and juices. The great additions were fresh breads, gourmet cheeses and made-to-order omelets.
One interesting note: no traditional establishment (restaurant or hotel) pushed booze at all. Not a big deal to Andi and I since we usually don't drink a ton on trips anyway ... but a far call from the usual Mexican all-inclusive resorts where pina coladas and daquries flow heavily. Thai restaurants/hotels do sell alcoholic drinks but push their fruit smoothies and fresh-squeezed juices instead.
As any big city does, there was plenty to do in Bangkok. There were several shopping complexes and hundreds of temples to visit. The floating market on Bangkok's outskirts was one of the neatest things I'd ever seen.
The Southern half of Thailand is beachy and was definitely beautiful. Unfortunately, due to the time of year, the ocean was pretty rough and swimming was not advised. In other parts of the year (Nov-Feb), you can take a speed boat and visit "James Bond Island" or the place where the movie The Beach was filmed. Unfortunately, because the waters were so rough, we weren't able to travel out there.
Thailand had gigantic rock formations which made the beaches unique. While there was little sand, these rocks made the beach worth visiting.
- Bangkok's Floating Market. This was the best "you won't see anything like this in America" adventure we experienced. Not only was it interesting to see the way Thailand people live in their own environment, but we also snagged some good shopping deals too.
- The money conversion. We traveled for 2 weeks and spared no expense (it was our honeymoon, after all) and we still managed to stay within budget. The dollar is so strong in Thailand; we lived it up without paying a fortune.
All in all ... a great trip!