Roughing it in Chiang Mai

Trip Start Nov 02, 2000
Trip End Nov 16, 2004

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Returning to Thailand is wonderful, I feel back in touch with the world and am being teased by all sorts of nearly-Western luxuries, like glossy magazines, air conditioning, and even a shopping mall (!)...Amazing Thailand indeed.

But it hasn't been all roses people, oh no. I was sick as a dog a few days ago and cursing life itself. I had some 12-hour bug which really knocked me down. I sat on the grimey tiles of the bathroom floor in our bug infested guesthouse room making friends with the trail of ants marching by me, in between bouts over the toilet...I felt so pretty!

Luckily I recovered quickly and am better now, but it's times like that when you really realise how much you miss your mom. Then again, I can lay claim to having been sick on nearly every continent in the world and survived with greater immunity in the end (or so I tell myself)...not to mention that I actually laughed through this one at times because I realised how absurd I must have looked wrapped in a gruby sarong, cowering on the tile floor, hair in a messy bun on my head and looking very green. Trust me, if I didn't laugh, I would definitely cry...

Since then, we've had some very relaxing days here. Jemima and I have done some financial damage in the Night Bazaar which is absolutely massive here and must be double the size of Portobello Market in London. The jewellery is gorgeous, the fabrics are equally beautiful and the prices are a bargain. I think we might have spent about 5 hours there in total....fantastic!

We also went to a local bar one night, we were among a handful of westerners there. The place was mostly packed with the trendy 20-something Thai crowd. It was a great night complete with Thai rockers, a ladyboy, our fair share of cocktails and local brew, and a crazy Swedish boy on a motorcycle racing our tuk-tuk home.

Tomorrow we are taking the train back down to Bangkok, it's crazy to think that we've completed a loop of South East Asia. Jemima and I are anxious to hit the Southern beaches over the next few weeks. I'll be so sad to see Sparrow fly back to London next Tuesday.

I am now on my 6th pair of sunglasses, 4th pair of flip-flops and am so used to 44 degree weather that I got a chill when we went into the 20 degree aircon the other day.

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