One of the friends we made there, Paul, agreed to take us to Paragon, the huge mall in central Bangkok. The trip there takes about an hour by bus, which we were thankfully able to get air-conditioned... and as I said before Thailand never fails to offer interesting things to see. For example, whether by choice or due to the rainy season I am not sure, but they have a huge amount of waterways that stretch through vast amounts of the city... unfortunately, many of them are not natural rivers so they end up becoming stagnant. However, one of Adam's professors, a renowned Asian engineer developed these turban type devices that spin and circulate the water which helps to keep the mosquitoes at bay(though we have still been bitten by quite a few...). Another interesting thing that we passed was the street where all the protesters were, which was evidenced by the destroyed, burned buildings.
Upon arriving at Paragon, we were rather intimidated by how huge it was. We headed to the second story of the basement floor which is an absolutely enormous food court, where we were pleasantly surprised to find Thailand's only Mexican restaurant, which thankfully fulfilled our desire to have our El Tap fajitas (for now...). After lunch, we went a couple stories up to browse the gigantic book store that somehow led us to a movie store, where we bought the first season of Lost to pass some of our time. Once we had Lost, we looked through the movies they had playing (I forgot to mention they have an Imax theater, along with normal theaters of course, on the top (7th i think?) floor of the mall).
At a loss as to what to do, we decided to head back to JJ's market, which is a massive local market that spans for 30ish blocks that sells almost anything you can imagine. Once we had gotten a little oriented (... remember this place is huge and is basically just a maze where you have to weave in and out of alley ways etc. which gets extremely confusing very quickly) we headed to the pet section where they offered everything from dogs to flying squirrels... sadly we can't have a pet here or we were going to buy a kitten and get him a little Thai passport so he could come back to the US with us (sounds funny but that is really how you do it lol). Slightly depressed by the sad shape most of the animals were in, we ventured off and found a plant section! From previous blog entries, you know that we buy a plant every time we go to the mall (our dorm has quite a few now...) and with Adam's love for exotic fruits, he just could not pass this opportunity up so we decided to buy a lime tree/bush thing and a Mango tree for our balcony, now properly named Sprite and Mr. Mangoes, respectively.
Lugging all this back to the dorm was no easy task, and left us worn out until the Tuesday for the next Souper Tuesday and the 7th, which was Grapevine's celebration properly named "4th of July on the 7th" where we had American food (finally!) and hung out with our new Thai and firang friends. After watching some fireworks and playing Slamwich, we headed home to get Adam to bed before his next class.