Daily Archives: April 18, 2010

Daily Travel Photo – Rome, Italy

Posted by on April 18, 2010

The Pantheon is one of the oldest intact structure standing in Rome. Originally built during the reign of Emperor August and rebuilt during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. After almost 2,000 years it is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. It is currently a Roman Catholic Basilica dedicated St. Mary and the Martyrs.

The Pantheon, Rome, Italy

The Pantheon, Rome, Italy

Songkran: Celebrating the New Year with day-glo green and blaze orange super-soakers just like Buddha would have wanted

Posted by on April 18, 2010

No one is safe from getting wet during Songkran. No one.

No one is safe from getting wet during Songkran. No one.

On Tuesday I put my iPhone and wallet on the desk in my room and walked outside without them. I felt naked without them, but I didn’t feel it would be a good idea to carry them around that day. It was the first day of Songkran.

No sooner than I got 20m down the street from the entrance to my hotel a woman who was a total stranger grabbed the collar of my shirt, pulled it forward, dumped a bucket of water down my chest and smiled “Happy New Year”. Her friend slapped my cheeks a muddy goop from a dish made up of water and talcum powder. 60 seconds after hitting the street I was drenched head to toe and had a face full of wet talc.

It was quite the introduction to Songkran. (more…)