On my second day I decided to get out and see at least one thing on my list, The Grand Palace. On my way I was attacked. First by a flock of pigeons then by, what I am assuming was, The Pigeon Master. She seemed like an innocent old Thai woman but (as I later realized) she chased the pigeons and commanded them to fly directly at my face. As I stood there stunned and flailing, she shoved three bags of bird seed into my hand. I politely declined her offer at least 5 times until finally she unwrapped the bag and placed it in my hand then turned my hand over causing the pigeons to attack me again. She then demanded "20 Baht!" to which I replied "What? No." and tried to flee the scene.
Once this traumatic incident had occurred I found a group of people who also looked like they were on their way to the Grand Palace. It was a group of 5 very kind Filipino travelers who let me walk with them into the palace.
The Grand Palace was Grand:
I have to say though, my favorite part of the entire palace were the Giant Guardians (or Giant's Guard) that surrounded the palace. I would have to compare them to lawn gnomes. Only much larger. And cooler. And Thai.
(Also, I miss you all!)