Sunday, January 1, 2012

Calator in Thailanda 1. Sa incepem cu....sfarsitul / Traveller in Thailand 1.Let's begin with the...end!

I choosed to start with the end of my vacation because in Kiev we experienced a crispy winter morning, with a deep blue sky and bright sun, and the trees adorned with white frost. Till my story will be finished, the winter will be gone, so I wanted to show you those photos now.


I started to make plans for our vacation in Thailand since last April, when I bought the flight tickets. We traveled with the Ukrainean company AEROSVIT, starting from Budapest airport, Hungary. Because the company changed the flight programme twice, we had to spend a night in Kiev at each flight (on the expenses of the company, of course). I have been to Kiev many years before but I still wanted to see a little of the city. But it happens that we couldn't do this. On our way to Thailand it was a dull, cold, foggy afternoon and few hours left. When we came back, we were already tired by the 11 hours flight and decided to stay in the hotel. Next morning was a glorious one and we walked a little around the hotel, and took some photos. Those I want to share with you today.

In aprilie anul trecut imi faceam deja planuri pentru Thailanda. Cumparasem biletele de avion pe ruta Budapesta-Kiev-Bangkok si retur, urmand sa zburam in decembrie, cu compania ucraineana AEROSVIT. La inceput toate planurile au fost pentru un sejur in Bangkok. In octombrie, cand apele au acoperit capitala thailandeza, am inceput sa urmaresc cu ingrijorare site-urile lor, vizionand zeci de clipuri si citind nenumarate pareri pe forumuri. Spre sfarsitul lui noiembrie apele inca nu se retrasesera. Aeroportul Suvarnabumi, foarte bine aparat de inundatii, ramasese insa functional si compania nu anulase zborurile. In consecinta, trebuia sa plecam, oricum ar fi fost, fiindca altfel pierdeam banii de avion. In aceasta situatie am refacut planul, orientandu-ma si spre alte parti ale Thailandei si lasand pentru Bangkok doar 3 zile, la sfarsit. Am ales locuri cu care mai cochetasem dar la care am renuntat, timpul fiind prea scurt. Acum, mi-am spus ca mai bine vad cate ceva din acele locuri, decat sa risc sa stau doar in Bangkok si eventual sa nu pot vizita prea multe....

In vara, AEROSVIT si-a schimbat orarul de zbor si ne-a propus variante noi. Am optat pentru petrecerea noptii in Kiev si la dus si la intors, sperand sa putem merge putin in oras. Cazarea - pe banii companiei - o aveam asigurata la un hotel in apropierea aeroportului.

Cand a sosit ziua plecarii spre Thailanda, in Bangkok lucrurile reintrasera in normal. Am plecat de dimineata cu masina la Budapesta si de acolo am zburat la Kiev. Aeroportul budapestan, nu prea mare, era gatit de sarbatoare.
 aeroportul din Budapesta
Vremea era rece, mohorata, cetoasa, ca o zi sacaitoare de noiembrie, asa ca am renuntat la deplasarea in oras. Ne-am plimbat putin prin parcul in care era localizat hotelul. Era pustiu dar ne puteam lesne imagina ce frumos este vara acolo.

A doua zi am plecat spre Bangkok. Aeroportul din Kiev este un aeroport vechi, putin cosmetizat, iar serviciile lasa mult de dorit. Si la dus si la intors am stat cate jumatate de ora la ghiseu pana s-a dumirit domnisoara de acolo ca avem rezervare la hotel si nu trebuie sa faca altceva decat sa ne transfere de la aeroport la hotel. Cred ca o incurca faptul ca totul se facea pe banii companiei ucrainiene...parca am fi fost primii turisti in situatia asta.
 aeroportul din Kiev
La intoarcerea spre casa, Kievul ne-a intampinat cu cer senin si soare. De data asta eram insa obositi dupa cele 11 ore de zbor si am ramas din nou la hotel, altul decat cel de la dus. Hotel "Korona", desi foarte simplu, ne-a impresionat placut prin curatenie si liniste.
 Hotel Korona, Borispil
 
Cum peste noapte se depusese o promoroaca groasa, care ne infatisa acum un peisaj de iarna, am iesit sa ne plimbam putin la cele minus 6 grade kievene. Borispil, mica localitate de langa aeroport unde se afla hotelul Korona, este o aglomerare de vile noi, cu inca destule terenuri care isi asteapta clientii, asa ca am avut impresia ca suntem la o margine de padure cand, de fapt, autostrada era la cateva sute de metri mai incolo. Am vrut sa va arat acum aceste fotografii pentru ca, pana voi termina de povestit calatoria in Thailanda, iarna va fi trecuta deja...

23 comments:

Helma said...

Good noon Traveling Hawk,

what a beautiful series of weather, and pictures of the airport are very impressive. What lights there and enjoy the Christmas tree that you see there.

Also your winter pictures I really super. If that character is ripe on the trees against the beautiful blue sky. What did you do vbeel photos and the beautiful is that if I get a picture of the various places in the world.

For yoy and all your loved ones around you a beautiful, healthy and photogenic 2012.

Greetings, Helma

Helma said...

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Traveling Hawk said...

Dear Helma,

Thanks a lor for your comment and appreciation. You are the first visitor of my blog this year, which means we will talk a lot! Have a wonderful and productive new year as well!

VP said...

Great set of pictures! Happy New Year!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, VP! Happy New Year to you too!

Doug Hickok said...

Your photographs of the frosted fields and forests are beautiful! Such a lovely setting to see. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2012, with many more fun travels :^)

Randy said...

I love the shots in the country!

Kumiko said...

Beautiful photos!
Snow-covered trees are beautiful.
A big Christmas tree in Kiev airport is astonishing to me.

Liliana said...

Welcome back! Si din centru din Kiev, nimic? :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Doug! I wish my travels in 2012 should be fun but, except for one, I do not know for know the destinations...

Traveling Hawk said...

It was a very rewarding walk, Randy. Cold, but so peaceful, even if the highway was very near.

Traveling Hawk said...

Kumiko, Ukraineans - like the Russians - are very religious people. It was only the communist regime which interdicted the open celebration of the important days for the Christianity, like Christmas or Easter, for example. They do not have this problem anymore now.

Traveling Hawk said...

Multumesc! Am scris in text, Liliana, ca nu am fost deloc in oras: la dus din cauza vremii (n-am fi putut face poze) si a timpului scurt pana la inserare si la intors din cauza oboselii.

joo said...

Wonderful selection! I do love winter photos - we are still waiting for winter here:)
Looking forward to see more of your Thailand trip!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Joo! There is no winter here too.

Rizalenio said...

So sorry to hear about Nero, my friend.

Rizalenio said...

Love all the photos ESP the snow covered trees. That I want to see and feel up close.

magda said...

My dear friend
Very beautiful photos and nice peaceful outdoors!
The breakfast, some English, nice!
It is beautiful to travel! I am very happy for you!

magda said...

I'm so sorry for your dogs....
Many kisses my friend

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Rizalenio for both comments! I am still so sad...

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanky you, Magda, for your both comments. I will continue the series today.

Francisca said...

Beautiful frosty scenes never seen here in our tropics! :-)

I feel for you about losing your pets, especially the third, so young. We had a Doberman for eight years who never grew out of being a lovable puppy, despite the breed's ferocious reputation. I shed tears when we had to put him to sleep too.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you Francisca, for feeling with me! I feel that Nero's deathe is such a waste! He was a nice doggy, who loved us a lot.