I’ve been told that if you come to Chiang Mai without going to Doi Suthep, then you haven’t really been to Chiang Mai. I’ve now been 7 times. This weekend’s most recent trip was different from the others because I walked all the way up the mountain to the temple at the top. The Doi Suthep Walkers hike the trail to the temple at the … Continue reading I Walked ALLLLL the Way to the Top
The name of this holiday literally translates to “float a basket”. And that is what I did. There are a few different ideas about what the festival celebrates. Most say the festival comes from an ancient ritual of paying respect to the water spirits. In addition to that you cast a krathong into the river to make a wish or cast away your sins or … Continue reading Loy Krathong
Doi Intahnon is the tallest mountain in Thailand. It’s known as “the roof of Thailand,” and it’s only about 2 hours outside Chiang Mai. Luckily Nina has a car, which makes short trips like this a piece of cake. Well…almost. It’s an old car and it works so hard to carry us all over town. Driving up the tallest mountain in Thailand would take a … Continue reading Greetings from the Roof of Thailand!
In the mountains outside Chiang Mai there are more shades of green than words can describe. The same is true of the blues of the sea. My brother, Max, came to Thailand for two weeks so we visited parts of Thailand I hadn’t seen yet. Neither of us are really beach people, but it’s Thailand. Gotta see what all the hype is about. We started in … Continue reading This is Where Screen Savers Come From
Cheesy title I know, and I didn’t even see any pie in Pai. There were shroom shakes though. Yes, you read that right. No I did not partake. I spent the week in Pai, a small town a bit north of Chiang Mai. Growing up when we went on family road trips on winding roads, my dad would exaggerate the curves to make us laugh … Continue reading A Slice of Pai
Sorry in advance, this one is gonna be long. But the next one will be all photos! This is week 5. I’ve spent a month of my life here. With the humongous bugs. And the really loud geckos. And the even louder cicadas. And the mushy vegetarian food. And the rain. So much rain. And the majestic elephants. And the playful and sometimes crazy dogs. … Continue reading My Last First Day at Elephant Nature Park
Ok, so this wasn’t my first massage. It wasn’t even my first Thai massage. For my 20th birthday my mom and I got massages at Elizabeth Arden. I don’t remember specifics, but I don’t remember being overly impressed either. Content though. When I was in Casablanca I went to a hammam. That experience is a story in and of itself. The massage though, was…..unpleasant. A … Continue reading A Thai Massage
You know how people say there is no such thing as a stupid question. That is false. There absolutely is such a thing as a stupid question. First of all, if we already talked about it and you weren’t listening, then your question is stupid. Just pay attention. Second, people (specifically students) need to learn how to think for themselves and figure stuff out. Life … Continue reading some thoughts on time
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