I forgot to mention a visitor/traveling companion we had on our trip to Bangkok. Cecily, a coworker of Marcia's, was able to spend a few days in Japan and we got to play travel guide. Very recently pregnant at the time, Cecily endured trains, subways, lots of walking and an introduction to Japanese food. Having lived here for six months prior to Cecily's visit we may have taken for granted how much walking and public transportation we take in the course of our travels. Needless to say, she was a real trooper.
Browsing and shopping on the streets of Kamakura.
Cecily, Gary and The Great Buddha (Buddha's the green one)
Cecily performs purification ceremony before entering a temple.
We enjoyed Cecily's visit and hope that this will encourage some of our other friends to join the adventure.