WordPress has informed me that I have been neglecting my blog…which I was content with until I realized that I was neglecting my loyal followers!!! Luckily my followers are behind on reading my blog posts so it all has worked out! This is a post so I can inform everyone about the really cool trips I have been taking. Additionally so the people my grandparents coerce into reading this have something current browse! In case this quick overview of six-ish weeks is too long for you, I have putwhat I feel is most important in bold print.
The Sticky Waterfall
There is a waterfall that is sticky! I climbed it and had some fun in the sun.
We went on an IPSL trip to Chiang Dao! City of the stars! It was the longest hour and a half bus ride of my life. Never have I ever had to pee so badly!!! Once that was resolved we stayed in a beautiful hotel called The Nest, at an awesome western dinner, went to a music festival, saw to a cave temple AND wore robes!
On Valentines Day we had a long weekend and Ally took me to Ayutthaya (The former capital of Thailand) for a 3 day stay! It was a belated birthday present, and the sights were unreal…the town not so impressive. Regardless I can say it was an unforgettable Valentines Day weekend that got funnier and funnier. It will give me laughs for many V-Days to come. I would suggest a day trip if you are in Bangkok and want to escape to see some history for ONE day! I gained some great traveling experience riding the overnight bus and train! This Buddha in the tree is the most famous attraction in the ancient city.
Pai, pronounced Bye is this really small backpacker town in the north. People fall in love with it and spend weeks of their time traveling there. A massive group of us went and stayed in a 30 person dormer with bunk beds and lofts.. it was like summer camp!!! The first night there, on the one main street in this small town I ran into someone I went to high school with! What are the chances right??
My hostel was having a BBQ, so being the polite, warm, and genuine person I am I invited him to come. Great guy nothing but friendly and it was nice to see someone from home, but… he proceeded to get really drunk, talk my ear off about his travels and later in town trip over a dog. Let’s Go Foxes.
For the sake of his dignity I will keep his name to myself…and everyone I have told in conversation and private social media groups. If that person happens to be reading this:
1. PLEASE continue to follow my blog—need the readership!
2. I have told this story to countless backpackers in the kindest and most comical way, I have gotten many laughs and it is a traveling story I will continue to share for years to come.
3. You also almost got hit by a car, but I leave that part out!
4. THX 4 THE MEMS!
I also went on a bike ride with a few friends outside of the town. There was a reason the bikes were under a dollar. Thank goodness there was no one on the road! There were no gears and bad brakes sounded like a raccoon dying, a swarm of crows, a train screeching to a halt, and a stadium of screaming 12-year-old girls at a Justin Bieber concert all at once. It was a fun day in the sun. The next day I went for a hike in search of a waterfall!!!
Chiang Mai Modeling Agency
My big break! I did a short modeling stint for a Thai girl that approached me. My new friends name is Typhoon and she needed help with her Senior Art Thesis. Being tall and blonde here gets me so much positive attention! Look how funny my eyebrows look!
Typhoon and her friends are so funny, we went to a grill dinner and I introduced them to coke floats (apparently Thai’s don’t like root beer, but they love sugary drinks!). They were nervous to try it, but they LOVED it! Note the use of chopsticks.
Buffalo Training Camp
I jumped on a buffalo, pushed a plow in a circle, ruined my 4th field of rice in Thailand, fanned rice..I think it was separating it?, and while crushing rice I was told I would make an excellent rice farmers wife (due to my crushing technique). It was a fun activity. Mostly I just think this picture of me on a buffalo makes me look fun, adventurous, and cool.
Had a weekend getaway on an island that Bangkokians like to vacation on! I went with a group of girls and we had a blast! I hung out on the beach, worried about the sun, got thrown in the water by a group of teenage Thai boys while fully clothed, our group set of a lantern on the beach (with some guy that would be a great candidate to eliminate first on the next Bachelorette—you would love to hate him!), and I picked up a new hobby: taking pictures of people taking pictures on the beach. This hobby has blossomed into a focus on tourism in general. We had a bit of a stressful journey..the driver dropped us at the train station not the bus station. We then took a taxi and felt like we were racing the streets of Bangkok. Look for us in Bangkok Drift. Below is a glamorous picture of the crew looking sun kissed and thrilled to finally be at the bus station!
A concluding note
I love traveling and seeing everything that Thailand has to offer, but I am always excited to come “home” to Chiang Mai. I value my weeks and weekends spent here just as much as my opportunity to travel. From roaming the Old City, to being a regular a my favorite restaurants Penny’s and Wan Waan, knowing my way around town, and socializing with my Thai friends these are my experiences that do not all have stories. It is my life right now and I love that I get to be a “local.” I have immersed myself in the culture and the happenings of Chiang Mai and its so cool!!!