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Aug 22 Phucket, Thailand

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 22 Phucket, Thailand

I woke up today late because I stayed up to 3 o,clock in the morning. For breakfast I had oreos and watched a movie. Today was going to be a chill day.For the rest of the 3 hours I was either doing entries or watching a movie. 3 hours later. We hopped on the moped to go to a thai market. They have some pretty amazing looking fruit there and some huge wierd fish. Everyone ate Thai food but for lunch I had something American. Mac and cheese! It tasted just like the mac and cheese that grandma makes. It tasted so good.I watched futurerama the movie, It was funny! We had to go sadly and take a bus to go to Bangkok and then to the airport. Right before we decieded to get on the bus we went to a restaurant with our new friend and we all ate. The place that we were eating at looked like a tree house, I got a chocolate milkshake. It tasted great but my mom didn't like for some reason, I think her taste buds miscalculated. it started to rain were we sat so we had to move to the inside of the tree house. There was a forest right in front of the tree house with monkeys in it. It was realy cool to see the monkeys again. Time was short so we had to get on the bus going to Bangkok. It was a night bus. We said our goodbyes and got on the bus. The bus people would herd us like goats and it didn't feel good. They put on a movie for us and I fell asleep.

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Aug 21 st Pucket, Thailand

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 21 st Pucket, Thailand

My mom and I woke up at 6:30 in the morning and went to go get on our boat. That's right AM! On the way back tide was high and all the rocks that were sticking out of the water like sculptures before with curves got
covered up and turn into something that looks like floating rocks. I kept a shell from the island so I could remember the the Island. We took a bus to Pucket town, then a taxi and then waited to get picked up by the person were staying with. When she picked us up I didn't like the situation. On her profile it said she loves to cook for people but she said "I have diarrhea so I can't cook for you." YUck. When we asked about renting a motobike "are you serious you can't drive these streets, people do drugs and drink." She said it all in a mean manner. Later she dropped us off where we were supposed to meet my cousin because he couldn't find her house. The german lady gave him attitude and said he was bad with directions. All 3 of us, me my mom, and my cousin fit on the motor bike to drive to his match. We all stopped for snacks and went to his match. Thai kick boxing is more about kicks then punches. We saw 5 fights before my cousins came. It was the grand finalle and my cousins fight was up. The fight was about 5 min but by the 4th min my cousin got him in a head lock and the guy took 3 knees to the head and then my cousin sweeped kicked him on the floor. The game was over and my cousin won. He was out. After that we all went to party and celebrate. Later we went back to the german ladys house and got all of our stuff and left a note. We were going to Bangkok early. The guy that we stayed with was nice and he let me have a cookie while I went to bed.

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Aug 20th Hat Ton Sai, Thailand

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 20th Hat Ton Sai, Thailand

My funky mom and I woke up in our bungaloo. Today is susposed to be our last day and we were leaving the ilands at 6:00pm to go to another place. We are planning to see my cousin Thai kick boxing. He's 24. Anyways we packed our selves and checked out of the place that we were staying at. My mom and I went to go gets some bannana
bread, its good. We got it 20 min after we woke up and we got the bannana bread at 12:15 so if u do the math, we woke up late, again, for the third time.
Eel, my mom, and I went to go to the beach before we had to leave the island. Me and Eel attempted to climb a rope, that was 7 ft away, seems easy enough if only there was no razor sharp coral in between. We both got cuts from trying to get to the rope and when we got there it was right next to a sharp rock. If we did attempt to climb up
it we would cut our hands causing us to drop on the razor sharp coral, or the alternative- walk away. We skimmed down the beach and saw a lil cuddle fish, about 1 cm long. He would change colors when he got scared. My mom called us in and we had to go. It turns out there wasn't enough people on the boat to leave the island so we got to stay another day on the island! my mom said that I had to go to sleep at 12:00 because we have to wake up
at 7:00. So me and emanual played the night away.

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Aug 19th Hat Ton Sai, Thailand

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray

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Aug 19th Hat Ton Sai, Thailand

My mom and i woke up at 11:30, improvment, i guess? We saw Eel going by are bungolo/ hut and i was suspossed to meet him on the beach 15 min ago but my mom holded me back because I had to write my entries. After that I met Eel and we all went hiking and then swimming. Later we met up with Stuart to rock climb "Groove Tube" which is a 6a climb which means it is pretty easy but still challenging. After all this we showered and met at the Chicken Lady, who I now call "Chicken Mama" to eat my favorite chicken. We all left mamas and went to a party. We played games and chess and worked on walking the slack line, which is kind of like tight rope walking, and is very hard.
It was a great day for all.

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Aug 18th Hat Ton SAi, Thailand

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 18th Hat Ton SAi, Thailand

Nico the great and his mom the follower woke up late today. We woke up today at 12:00, well, my mom did because I woke up at 10:00 but she said it was 6:00 AM. So I went back to sleep. 2 hours later I went to go get milk and it was 12:00! I looked at the time in the store. My mom was suprised so she said we have to get up NOW.
I was way ahead of her. We got our beach gear and went to the beach. The water there is shallow and hot, bath tub hot. You can see islands far away and they resemble turtles. The rock climbing instructor was there at the beach on the rock where there was a rock climbing rock. He let me up on the wall a few times and then we all
went out on a hike. We saw a tree that looked exactly like a space ship with really big leaves that I can sit under. We went down to a different beach and swam there and we swam onto an island. After that we all went to the chicken lady to make us some chicken, she makes the best chickin. I met a new friend named Emanual but I call
him Eel, he is close to my age. We played on the swing and we ate some food. After that me and my mom went to go to bed.

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Aug 17th Crabi, Thailand

by Nicosia-Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 17th Crabi, Thailand

I woke up in the morning on the bus when we got to our destination I was forced of the bus by my mom. I went to the bus station to go to the bathroom and to brush my teeth. The people that worked there tried to give us a bad deal so we decided to go on a motocycle taxi to the beach where all the Longtail boats are. It was about 45min ride. There were no seat belts, no walls, no place to put our backs on, and we were on a rocky road. The structure of the taxi was a dirtbike attached to 3 planks of wood with a shade over it and extra wheels. It was cooool. The mountains we past were beautiful and were full of life; Very very green. When we got to the port we took a boat to our island the guy made us pay 200 baht which is alot of money in thailand. The island that were going to is known for rock climbing and I like rock climbing a lot so we decided to go to that island. We found a good place to stay for a cheap. It was a bungaloo that is very natural, like your living in the wild jungle. My mom and I went to go swim and we saw only crabs and sea cucubers that look like slugs. I rock climbed a bit and then we went to a bar to go party. My mom had a few
beers and I had a few cokes with a few sprites. I went to bed at 1 oclock in the morning and my mom was the same.

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Aug 16 th Bangkok, Thailand

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 16 th Bangkok, Thailand

We woke up today and I had cereal out of a cup with a Thai soup spoon ( at least it was corn flakes), I ate 5 cups, then I felt content. Then we went to a few Buddist Temples. In one there was a huge Buddha made of gold laying down that was about a MILE LONG. I saw people giving the Buddha presents; flowers, money and food, to honour the Buddha and so that the Buddha would take care of them. I went and put money in all these buckets when I was there. You have to take your shoes off when you go into the temples.I think its because they want the temple to be preserved and clean and to honour the Buddha. Also you cant point your feet at the Buddha or other people because it's disrespectful. In America people put their feet everywhere. The Buddist temples were great with alot of stuff inside, golden things and good smells. When I was a little baby in Thailand, about 2 1/2 years old, my mom and Dad tells me that the Thai people believed it was good luck to touch the head of a blond haired child. So I got special treatment when I was there. Like if my parents
were eating rice I would be in the kitchen with the Thais eating peeled shrimp. This is one of my favorite stories from being a child.

After we left the temples we went to a couple of markets and I got my hand read. The person who read my head was an old man who spoke very broken English. HE told me I would have 3 important girlfriends, 2 children, a very good job, a long life, a white dog, and lots of money. He also said I would travel around the world 3 times and I might win the lottery., but that I would worry alot so I should mediate. He told me my parents would die very close together but didn't tell me when. Then we took a tuk tuk back to where our luggage was. A tuk tuk is a 3 wheeled taxi. WE were going to get on a night bus to Krabi town from there you can go to islands and beaches. We wheeled my luggage to the stop to get on our bus, we got a 2 floored bus with tvs! This ride was going to be OK.

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Aug 15th Bangkok, Thailand

By Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 15th Bangkok, Thailand

Today was a great day. I woke up at 2 in the afternoon and my mom treated me to a family size breakfast, also known as a fat guy breakfast. I had a bowl of cereal, eggs, bacon and toast- all familiar. Then we went back to our hotel to go swimming on the roof pool. I swam inside the pool for about 3 hours and my mom occasionally
joined in. We played Marco Polo and I would try to tackle my mom. Then we wandered around Bangkok which is a great way to get to know a city. We also deceided where we are going. We will be heading to rock climb in Crabi Thailand followed by a possible quick trip to Burma finishing off in Pucket to watch my cousin Thai box. Hopefully
everything works out. Then we head to Australia then to Hawii then to Portland and then HOME to reunite myself with my life. I feel like I'm living a separarte life and I feel like this life will die when I will return home to live a new life. So this trip has given me three lives. My life will be new when I get home because of how much I've learned and how I'm different from this trip. When I get home I think that I will treat people different and respect alot more the small things that people give me. You have to respect the things you have in life because some people dont have the type of life where they have things. So if your a boy on his couch pouting because you didn't get your new video game or your favorite candy bar think about the kids who are lying on a piece of cardboard on concrete because they haven't eaten for three days. So if you ever think that you have it bad, think about how they have it and remember the small things because those are actually the big things that life is made of.

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Aug 14th Bangkok, Thailand

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 14th Bangkok, Thailand

Right now I am so homesick. I want smores and chips, maybe even a fenway frank. I miss my Nana and Papa and my Dad and my bed. I want food that looks normal and play my WII. I want to go back to being a normal kid and its been almost 2 months since I've been one. I've only seen my dad once on video chat. I miss my family and my friends. What I wouldn't give to have a peanut butter sandwhich made by my grandma. She makes the best peanut butter and jellies with all natural wheat bread, jelly, and all natural chrunchy peanut butter the kind with the oil on top that you have to mix in. And she would perfect it with a glass of 2% milk. She would have it on her shiney white plates with flowers all around the rimms. I would sit in her wooden chairs at the table, the light above would be filled with moths all around it, I would see 2 cats under my seat. I would smell the peanut butter chrunchness,lift up the sandwhich, and take the first of a great sandwhich...hhmmmm those would be great times. Another great time I miss is breakfast with Nana and papa on the porch. We would play crazy eights and picture find and make funny jokes about Papa and his farting. They would spell out my name with pancakes....I cant believe they would go through all that trouble..I miss them so much. You have to enjoy the small moments in life because they may be the ones you treasure the most in hard times. I'm starting to think that this trip is maturing me. I realize all the things that
people do to make me happy. I miss that. When I get home I'm going to help my Nana and Papa more like by mowing the lawn. Today we missed our plane from Bangkok to Vietnam and if we want to go to Vietnam we will have to stay in Bangkok for 7 days because of flights and visas. So we will probably change our plans. We are thinking about Burma and Malaysia and parts of Thailand or maybe just heading to Australia early. I'm so homesick so right now me and my mom are going to enjoy some more flashbacks and tomorrow we will deceided what to do. Tonight we will sleep and dream and tomorrow we will think and deceide. Goodnight.

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Aug 13th Tel AViv to Bangkok via Vienna

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 13th Tel AViv to Bangkok via Vienna

Today was a sad day because we have to leave Meron's house and we just got there at midnight last night. We have been treating Meron's house as a hub for our travel in the middle east and we're not coming back. I like Meron's house because it is comforting and it reminds me of home. Also because I feel sick. We had to get on a
plane to go to Bangkok, Thailand through Viena Austria, and then on to Ho chi Minh city, Vietnam. If you look on a map (which my mom did with me) you know this route is strange and backwards from Israel. But see my dad works for an airline, Jetblue, and to get cheap tickets we have to use airlines that he is friends with like Austrian air.
I like Austrian air. They are very nice. They got us two seats together and moved the mean lady. They also gave us toys like a metallic backgammon game. Right now we are waiting for the rest of our flights. We have a long flight to Thailand like 8 hours but its on Austrian air so thats good. Today is a travel day and unlike other travel days we didn't make any friends yet. No friends have been made. NOOOOOOooo!!!!! I have to sleep on this flight and so does everyone else so it looks like a travel day with no friends. Goodnight.

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Aug 12th Cairo, Egypt

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 12th Cairo, Egypt

We arrived in Cairo early at about 8 am. I slept on the bus and I slept good. We went to our hotel to drop off our luggage so we could go out and explore the musuems and mosques. The streets of Cairo are filled with trash and broken pieces of cement, it was like steps. The bargainers are really persuasive, one kept grabbing my arm
and saying to me "Into my shop" and I kept saying "No, no," and my mom said "Do not touch my son". Once we got to the museum the security was tight. There were people with machine guns on each side of the gate. the musuem is an egyptian one that is very big on the outside. The gates opened and the gaurds walked backwards and went
out the gate. The court yard outside of the museum was huge and magnificent with statues every were.They had a water fountain too that had a pond in it where I thought would be the perfect place for frogs. Inside of the museum it was very very big with the smell of dust and the smell of the bottom of a broom. The exhibits were amazing,
there were mummies every were! The egyptian would wrap cloth like material around the mummys so it can be preserved. After 2-4 or even 5 inches of wrapping material they encase the mummie in a coffin were they will decorate the coffin and put some hyrogriphics on it. After that they put the coffin in a tomb were you stay FOREVERRRRRRR until archeleogists find you. The rest of the stuff in the museum was made out of marble, wood, stone, gold, silver, and other metals. Most of the statues were of king Tut and of a sphinx. A sphinx is a mythogical creature which consists of a lion with wings, interesting how they came up with that mix. The king Tut exhibit was, was, hmmmmmm, Egyptianish? Anyways the museum was great,and it was egyptiany. We walked down the street to go to the Mohammad Ali Mosque that looked mosquee. It was big and in the middle of the building was a bid marble plate floor with nothing on it like a square. We had to take off our shoes to go in and my mom had to wear a robe with a pointy hat, she looked like a messed up wizard. It was fuunny. the mosque looked like a place were you just hangout and pray. Alot of the men I see around cairo all had purple spots on their heads and now i know why. its beacuse when ever they pray they hit there heads on the ground and they get bruised. We left the mosqe after an hour and walked around the market Khan el Khalili we must of walked for 4 hour which my mom says is the best way to get to know a city. After we went to the airport to catch our flight to Isreal which after a day of travelling and alot of planes will eventually bring us to Vietnam.

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Aug 11th Mt Sinai, Egypt (10 commandments place)

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 11th Mt Sinai, Egypt

Starting at 12:01 am. My mom and are on our way to Mount Sinai where god gave moses the 10 commandments. The night bus that we were on was crowded with 10 people and only 8 seats. I made freinds with the people behind us because they spoke English and they lived in New York which is relatively close to Boston. They said they were also Boston Red Sox fans which was great. The bus dropped us off at the bottom of the Mt. It was a long way up the Mountain. You could see the stars perfect with no problem, I even saw a couple of shooting stars and even a sattelite! The mountain was treacherous with steep steps almost at a 90 degree angle but me and my mom made it up just fine. At the top of the mountain you had one hour to sleep until sunrise and we got up again, in the "morning". It was freezing cold.* I almost froze. I also had to use the bathroom. The bathroom was a hole, a dirty hole, with no life, only death, and scum. I went any ways. We hiked down the mountain which was very hard because it hurts our legs. Alot of people slipped, we didn't. We went to a church and checked it out it was called St Catherines Monastary. After that we hit the road for home. When we got back to Dehab, Egypt we were very tired because we hadn't slept. So my mom decieded that me and her would go to sleep inside the carpet room. The carpet room was a place at our hotel that was completely covererd in carpets and people napped there. It was cozy place. My mom slept there but I stayed awake. My mom woke up and we said to ourselves"lets have our last snorkeling session" so we went and snorkled at Lighthouse. The underwater world was coraled with colors. We decieded it was good we spent so much time exploring the underwater world since we are going around the world and we had been only exploring above above the water and there is a whole world underneath. We took underwater pictures but you will have to wait for those untill we can develope them. They are going to be great. After we stopped snorkeling and went back to our hotel so we could shower and get ready for our night bus to Cairo.

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Aug 10th Dehab and Sinai, Egypt

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 10th Dehab Sinai, Egypt -

My mom and i woke up and went snorkling at The Island. I took like an hour to walk there. Its a place where there are two seperated coral reefs so they call it big island and little island because one is big and one is little. I thought the coral at The Islands were gray and a little dead compared to the other places we've been.
But we still saw a Stone fish. Stone fish are the most poisonous fish in the world. The one that we saw was about 3 inches. A little girl caught it with a cup and her hands. IT stings you whenever you touch it's skin. You die after one and a half hours if you dont get medical attention. We stopped snorkling after 4 hours and went to get a drink at
the cloest restaurant on the beach. I asked for a coke and they said they had it but they didn't. Then we asked for water and they came back and said they didn't have that either. All they had was mango juice. So me and my mom laughed and then we left. We walked back to our place and we tried to order pasta. I didn't like the pasta because the tomatoe sauce was spicy. So I ordered a burger. When I got it it was 3 pieces of meat on a pita with cucumbers, tomatoes, and some peppers. Everything has to be different. I ate the so called burger with disscontent.
When me and my mom were talking to our friends, the people from the resterount were there, and said they wanted to face me in a game of chess. I said "yes." I won in about 20 min but me and my mom had to catch a night buss to Mt Sinai so we can take a moonlit hike up the mountain. In 10 min we have to go, its 11:59 and in one min it'll be a new day and I can stop my entry.

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Aug. 9th Dehab, Egypt

By Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug. 9th Dehab, Egypt

We woke up today late like we always do. We're in the relax type of place so we decided to sleep late and take a break from snokrling. I was really hungry today since I didn't eat for a day. We went to a restaurant where I got some cereal and had a milk shake. It was great since it was about 100 degrees. We came back to camp and met
our freinds that were at the party. We all went to their house and went swimming in their pool. The pool has a water source about 50 meters under ground where there's good water but still a bit salty. They also had a cat there named Fanta clause. They call him that because he's big like santa clause and he's the the color of the soda fanta,(its orange).

Me and my mom had to go home so we could take a shower but we said that in thirty minutes we we'll meet up at a restaurant. When me and my mom were done with our shower we felt refreshed. The restaurant was cool and you could pick out your own fish that you wanted to get cooked. They had an overwhelming amount of appitzers that were full with exoitic sauces. The fish was great and that day I found out the squids have beaks. After we were done with our meal we went our seperate ways home and went to sleep.

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Aug 8th Dahab, Egypt

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 8th DAhab, Egypt

My mom and I (she made me!) woke up late then went to the snorkeling place. The guy at the snorkel place said there was a special place called Eels Garden where you can see eels dance and float with the current and see all the eels, coral reefs, and fishes. But along the way we encountered a problem. There was about a half a mile
2 feet deep water with eels that bite your skin off and sea urchins that are as big as a baby. Along with razor sharp coral reefs. WE were walking through the whole mess getting poked by sea urchins, bit by eels and scratched by coral reefs. We gave up and called a little boy over with a surf board to us to help us get there.
But there were really rough waves hiting right at the line where the reef and the ocean meet and my mom said if we tumbled we would get seriously injured. That scared me because my mom is never scared and always tells the truth. A guy came snorkeling to us and showed us a safe path. Then him and the little boy came with us the whole time. They werelocals called "Bedouin" which were the original people of this area. The snorkeling was amazing and it gave me the inspiration that I want to start to dive. So when I get back to Boston I'm going to get my divers licence. This will make my mom happy because then we can dive together. My mom says the snorkeling here
is so amazing you don't even need to dive but I still want to get my license. When we were done with Eel garden we had done it for five hours straight. Me and the little boy had taken turns using the board and masks. When we got back to the hotel a bunch of people were going to a party and we were invited. When we got there we realized we had met these people before on the beach. So the party was fun, everyone spoke Dutch. There was a giant 15 year old Dutch kid who kept throwing me in the water. It was fun. We ate and drank and then we went home.
I forgot my chess board, my beloved, but my mom said she is sure I will get it back.

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