Almost templed out
Trip Start Oct 15, 2013
48Trip End Apr 15, 2014
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As most of you know, cooking is my passion and is the thing I have missed the most (apart from some friends and family- but you can't video chat with your blender- so maybe I miss it more....) and getting back in the kitchen was like scratching an itch, a tasty, fragrant, sticky rice and coconutty kind of itch. This course was vegan (which I am not as I need to eat cheese, or else my wine would get lonely) but the Thai use coconut milk instead of cows milk, so it's all pretty much the same
*he often gets all shouty and excited
*sometimes he gets so excited he does a little wee
*he is easily confused but pretended like he knows what is he doing anyway
*he doesn't just sit on the sofa, he gets on you, wiggles around, you are likely to get an elbow or bum to the face and then settles down for a few hours
*he also farts and pretends it's not him by looking at someone else with disgusted
I digress- the lady who was teaching us was very nice, she had a winning smile, very good English and a really charming manner about her- can't quite explain it, but I bet all the dads fancy her! We started the day with a tour of the local market which was conveniently over the road, we had steered clear of street food as it could be sitting on the stall for hours before you buy it and it's mostly meat, but she showed us what the locals eat, which was things with beans, rice in bamboo tubes and the best- tempura squash- yummy
The next day we caught a bus to Chiang Ria which was to be our last stop in Thailand. We got there in the afternoon, and had booked into a really nice hostel. Our room was in a little granny annex type thing, and the lady who owned the hostel obviously took a lot of pride in her palace, which is always nice. Chiang Rai is a town close to the border, and is a lot more Thai than the other places we have been- not many people speak English, there aren't as many tourists, and the aren't people constantly trying to sell you tours. Many Thais come here to see the White Temple, which is something we thought we would give a go, although we are pretty templed out, this is a whole different board game.
First of all, it is all white, so on a sunny day, it's really bright, and second of all, it's bloody nuts
You then enter the temple where You can not take pictures, so I have tried to remember the characters that featured in the wall paintings inside:
Michael Jackson, Kung Foo Panda, The Matrix, Jigsaw from The Saw films, the Twin Towers and I think Avatar.
I think it's something to do with the apocalypse, but it looked like someone gave a geeky teenager some paint and told him that this was his Sistine Chappell. It was all very entertaining, and from what I understand this is the temple to do with life, and there is another temple which is all black which is to do with death, but we didn't make it to that one.
The next day we phaffed and then in the evening, we went to the night market. We have done several of there over the last month, but they are always entertaining if you are in a new place, and this one wasn't so touristy. We shuffled along, browsed their goods (I even resisted a super nice t-shirt, even thought it was only £2- grown up skills!) and then we came across a very strange sight. We could hear music playing, and in a kind of town square, lots and lots of middle aged and upwards locals where doing, what I can only describe as an epic mum shuffle
After that we visited the flower festival they had going on, and a Hill Tribe museum, they were good, but you kind of had to been there, just lots of flowers, and information about opium- so something for all generations really.
This is my last post for Thailand, I have always wanted to go to Thailand, and have not been disappointed. We have seen some wonderful things, been to some amazing places and have had a wicked time. Our next stop is Laos, which was recently voted the best place to visit, so we are expecting big things.
Thought of the day- one of the things that I love and am frustrated by at the same time is Nath's inability to tell a joke. He is so bad it's funny. Nath told me a funny joke, but inevitably get a bit confused, but I knew what he meant.
Nath- how does a welsh farmer look for a horse in long grass- irresistible!
What he meant to say was- how does a welsh farmer find a sheep in long grass- irresistible