Travel Blog: Week 66

Northern Thailand – Chiang Mai Week 66: 10.02.2014 – 16.02.2014 Monday:- Having now stocked up on bottles of Eezi’s healthy juices I set to and downed a bottle of papaya juice – I still struggle with the flavour despite the number of times I’ve drunk this stuff. Having achieved my goal of a bottle down in one (well more like down in twenty) I treated myself to a much tastier breakfast. Followed by meditation! I spent the afternoon at the pool

Northern Thailand – Chiang Mai

Week 66: 10.02.2014 – 16.02.2014

Monday:-

Having now stocked up on bottles of Eezi’s healthy juices I set to and downed a bottle of papaya juice – I still struggle with the flavour despite the number of times I’ve drunk this stuff. Having achieved my goal of a bottle down in one (well more like down in twenty) I treated myself to a much tastier breakfast. Followed by meditation!

I spent the afternoon at the pool and managed my 70 lengths before stretching out in the sunshine for the rest of the morning.

A late lunch and then a change of clothes. Something a little more fancy for tonight – it was Caroline’s birthday party.

  

The usual gang met at The Tea Tree for an evening of fabulous company, food, music and singing. Caroline is a truly lovely girl and it was reflected in the special performances – a traditional flute solo, and group guided meditation and a personalised ‘Sweet Caroline’ rendition sung by Ray and accompanied by Oli and Nic (not sure what Neil Diamond would have made of it!).

    

 

  

  

Ocean and I formed a convoy home – high fiving as we travelled along the canal road.

Tuesday:-

Another day of helping Ocean in her kitchen and with her deliveries. We took another trip to see Eezi and had lunch together. How cool to have such easy carefree and interesting days!

For me it had been quite a long day – not sure how I ever managed working for a living and for so long – and so I had an early night and slept right through till the morning.

Wednesday:-

I’d left my phone at Ocean’s so i took the quick trip to hers to collect it – this morning I had a little passenger to keep me company.

I had time for a meditation before heading out to the aptly named Amazing Sandwich cafe to meet Tom – he was the guy who chatted to me about web sites a few weeks before. We weren’t talking business today. It was just a lovely way to spend an afternoon with a non-veggie friend. There really aren’t that many of them here!

I had another swim before meeting Richard for evening drinks at Republic

Thursday:-

Up early to meet Leo, Clare and Mathieu at Smoothie Blues for brekkie – mushroom, spinach and cheese melt. Yum yum!

We set off for a road trip. First stop was to an out of town restaurant. Clare was leaving to start a job in Burma soon and was going to put on a singing event before she went. She needed a large venue. This restaurant was a possibility. Lovely location on the lake with so many flowers. It was like every season of an English garden all at the same time.

  

 

After assessing the restaurant Clare left us and the three of us set off for Wat Umong. I’d been here months before with my Canadian friend Nicole – now, having lived in the area for a few months I realised how easy the place was to find but also how much more normal this type of place seemed. The Buddhist way of life, the monks and the discipline, are much more natural to me now.

  

  

  

 

 

  

 

  

 

  

After taking the scenic route through the twisting, forest lined roads to the south of my current abode we ended up at the Chiang Mai night safari location.

  

  

In the day when most of the animals are asleep it’s mega cheap. We paid our 200 THB (4 quid) and took a walk around the lake route. There was no one around, so we had the place to ourselves. There was quite a range of animals, and despite being the night safari, many of them were active. Some of the enclosures were actually pretty reasonable but sadly many were not. Its with mixed emotions I walk around a place like this!!!

  

 

  

We headed back home along the canal road but I turned off early and headed home – as I passed John’s house (the location of my birthday party) and actually got round to collecting the bottle of birthday champagne that Leo had left for me on party night and had never been drunk. I just need to find an occasion to drink it now!

An afternoon mediation, shower, and a change. Out for dinner and a movie

Friday:-

Met Honor for brunch at Smoothie Blues – it was busy and it took a while to get someone’s attention and order, so I was hungry when the food arrived. But so worth it!

Honor did some Numerology (everyone here has some kind of spiritual skill) for me after we’d eaten – I’m in a 3 year which is good, and I’m an 11 person. Also good. Always happy to hear good news!

I headed back to change and then went into town for the Valentines Day free hug event. It was so much hotter than it had been at Christmas and there weren’t quite so many of us taking part. It wasn’t as good as the Christmas free hug event but still such fun, with most passers by willing to take part. Whilst we were milling around Thae Pae gate I noticed a very sad looking homeless man sleeping on one of the benches – what to do in these circumstances can always be a little challenging as you never know what is best. I decided to buy a fresh coconut and approached the man to present him with it – it was gratefully accepted.

A few of us went for a bite to eat at Beetroot corner – for a special valentines treat they’d put white linen tableclothes on the table and gave out chocolates with the check! Bonus!

Off to Airport Plaza to meet Leo and her latest guest, Mathieu, for a long overdue trip to the flicks. So I’d looked up on Internet and Frankenstein was on – but when we got there they told me Frankenstein had already finished. There were no other films on without waiting an hour. So we called it a day – Leo dropped Mathieu off at the Kalare stadium to watch the Muay Thai before going home, and I headed back too.

Saturday:-

You must be getting the gist by now. Saturday is bakery day – great food and friendly company.

Eezi was papaya leaf juice less today and so I decided to try Ben’s kombutcha.

I had a quick lunch before riding my scooter to Johns – thankfully the close venue of the second of Leo’s astrology workshops. We initially did a quick recap on the previous workshop before moving on to learn about the planets, and then touching on the ‘houses’. There were less of us at today’s session, mainly because there was a V Day event (end violence against women) in the old town, and a number of the girls were taking part in a flash mob. It meant that for the rest of us in attendance our session was very personal and we could spend more time looking at each others charts.

  

After another long session Leo and I went to Salad Concept on Nimman for lunch. We had a pretty healthy meal but despite feeling full my sweet craving kicked in and I bought an apple strudel cheesecake (sounds great huh) to take home for later. I didn’t have any plans for he rest of the evening and so during our meal Leo persuaded me to join her at an art installation run by Fabrice and Satchi – Gaze of Calva. Not really my thing or my idea of art but interesting nonetheless.

  

  

It had been a long day and so I headed home, having a sneaky mouthful of cheesecake!

Already tucked up in bed I received an invite to see a punk band in the old town – nah! Just couldn’t do it. Bed was way too comfy!

Sunday:-

Didn’t feel like doing anything this morning – so I didn’t! Well except for catching up on emails and trying to write some brief notes for my blog – even getting down the basics helps jog my memory when I write up the final version.

I went to the Sunday walking market in the afternoon and spent some time with Waew before joining friends at the food court.

It was a low key evening and I wasn’t ready to head home just yet so Richard, Oli, Leo and I went for a drink at the UN Irish pub. We sat on the balcony on the first floor and chatted the night way .

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