its cooler and calmer...
09.11.2009 30 °C
Bangkok has been and gone! And so have the illnesses – I say it in plural because Anita had the same sort of thing (stomach cramps) the other day, but hers didn’t amount to the same end effect as mine!
We stayed the one night in Bangkok and then jumped on our sleeper train to Chiang Mai the next evening, 13 hours north. The train was very quaint, Anita and I had an upper level bunk across from each other. It meant we could chat over the aisle, but also meant that the ceiling lights flooded our ‘beds’ the entire night. We got a good amount of sleep, but it was broken and a bit restless.
On arrival in Chiang Mai at 7am the owner of the guesthouse we had previously enquired about met us at the train station and drove us to the guesthouse, on the outskirts of the old city, in his nice BMW 525. Owning a guesthouse must be profitable. He also showed us around the area to make sure we knew the best places to get transport into town, dinner, and groceries. A very nice and helpful man! The room we are in has two rooms. Ha ha! Upstairs is the mezzanine bedroom, downstairs a little room with a comfy chair or two, a desk to work at, and then the bathroom. All very nice and clean and comfortable! It would be perfect if not for the loud person who was talking at about midnight last night, waking both of us up! I think we are getting old and grumpy :o)
We spent yesterday wandering about the city and checking out the Sunday market that they have – they pedestrianise a bit of the city and there must have been about a thousand (yes, a THOUSAND!!) stalls selling stuff! And not the cheap knock off t-shirts, caps and trainers you see in lesser markets about the place, but really nice and original artwork and traditional clothing! Was enjoyable just walking about looking at it all. But we also splurged out and bought a few things that we needed. Helps the economy and spreads the wealth. We’re so kind!
We also visited a jewellery shop that advertised (we read about it on the web) silver smithing courses! We signed up and today headed off to the workshop to make some jewellery! Over the course of today we made each other a ring (aren’t we just precious?!), both of which turned out so much better than we both had hoped or even thought they would when we were half way through making them!
Tomorrow is an admin day – laundry and organising transport to Pai and then to Laos! We are running out of time slowly, so are thinking that we need to move on and hit a new country by next week! Eight weeks until our flight to Sydney! Argh!
So, that’s all for now!
Oh, saw an elephant walking down the street while eating dinner. Surreal.