It's wheels up the day after tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to traveling alone. Still, I thought I was at least one year away from a visit "home." I am a little excited about making the trip now. I ponder where to go and what to do. A visit to the deli in Tops at Central Lad Prao, shopping at Big C and Tesco for things like plastic food bags, worcestershire sauce, tuna, etc are on the list, as is a visit to Villa for Fireball and other exotic items to bring back. My wife has a 10,000 baht shopping list for her in-law to fill, including a case of coconut milk. Since I'm going back to our condo, I don't need to pack clothes or toiletries. I can imagine the reaction of a security officer or customs agent who examines my bag and finds only groceries - neither clothes nor a toothbrush in sight. More immediate is changing money. I have 67 100 yuan notes. I'm not sure where I'd get a better rate. In China, I'd get USD or euros and change them in Bangkok. Not a bad idea, I'd trade 67 notes for 6 or 7 notes - much easier and safer to carry. But, in Bangkok, I'd change money once, yuan to baht, and pay one less forex commission. I've also heard of a USD 500 per day limit. Not sure if that would apply at the airport. If so, I'd change at both airports. I'm thinking of going to a bank today. Carrying a fistful of notes worries me. Seven notes in my wallet or passport pouch would be far more discreet.