If you have been reading than you know we are currently busy making a decision as to where we will be spending our year. After talking about the offers we were considering, a few more came into play. One of them was for a job in Ayutthaya. The salary was decent and it came with an apartment. Not having the expense of an apartment, electricity and water would be huge. But I wasn’t ready to sign on the dotted line without a little visit. So we headed off on a little train trip about 90 minutes north of Bangkok (40 minutes by car).
I was enjoying the scenery on the way and often missed good picture opportunities while fumbling to get the camera ready. The downfall of a moving train, I guess.
Ayutthaya is the former capital of Thailand and was once known as Siam. During the 16th century, the Burmese captured the city. The aggressive battle left the town in ruins and today these ruins attract many visitors, including us. We spent our time at Wat Matathat, home of the Sandstone Buddha in the Bodhi Tree.
Visiting Ayutthaya was memorable. Hot (it is about 10 degrees hotter than Bangkok) but very memorable. In the end, it was clear this is not the location of our home for the next year but Ayutthaya is an absolute must see. I will be glad to take anyone who comes to visit because we did not even put a dent in all that there is to experience here.
Update on our decision: We are still moving this weekend and we still don’t know where. I am looking at the positive which is that we have plenty of choices. What a difference from Way’s job search back home. Oh the pressure. Talking to many Buddhas this weekend should surely help.