When we landed in Bangkok on our big
winter vacation to Thailand, we weren't really too sure what to expect.
The global economy was crashing, and there had just been a standoff between
the government and opposition protesters that had closed all the airports
for weeks, stranding hundreds of thousands of tourists. We certainly didn't
want to get caught up in any of that! The immigration control officers,
however, gave us the first impression that this was not business as usual.
Bedecked in Santa hats, they were not the grim, unsmiling sort we usually
meet - instead acting funny, chatting with the kids, and at ease with us
taking a picture.