Birds of prey

Trip Start Oct 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 23, 2010

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chiang Mai is called rose of the north and indeed it is a wonderful city. People are friendly, food delicious and the prices are acceptable.
The journey by bus from Phitsanulok took 6 hours. Had quite some rain in the morning and the air-con on the bus was too strong (as usually in Thailand). and looking out of the window with the air-con fully turned on you would have rather expected a cold autumn day in Germany.
1 hour later I had a chance to take a piss and I realized it was still unbelievably warm outside and not a cold German autumn day at all
By the way, in Thai language there is a term called "puad chi"- which literally means " pain piss"
I couldn't explain it better- having arrived at the Bus Terminal in Phitsanulok very last minute I didn't have a chance to go to the toilet so I was very glad to have a chance now in Uttaradit. There the half empty bus filled up with Thai people and from now on it wasn't cold anymore on the bus.
I sat next to Yannick, a French guy being 25 and travelling SE-Asia for 5 months. Considering that he is French he is pretty open and spoke a decent English too.
It turned out I had seen him at the guest house in Phitsanulok and he saw me in Sukhothai.
The journey was pretty long as the bus had to go up and down  the mountains.
Finally we arrived at the Bus terminal in Chiang Mai and the birds of prey- Tuk Tuk drivers were already waiting for us.Yannick got off at a very cheap guesthouse ( travelling for that amount of time you have to be either super rich or do it on a shoestring) and I got off at the guesthouse that my friend Volker suggested to me. I called there one day in advance to make a reservation which worked out smoothly. My room is nice, less hotel-like than in Phitsanulok but more charming. there is free wifi on the room but it's freaking slow- cannot upload pictures from there. The guesthouse itself is nice, it's called "rendezvous"  and I hope to have one there soon:)
Staff issuper-friendly, they only speak Thai with me.
After I left my bags on the room I had a simple rice dish and went for a walk. Later, having a coffee, Yannick visited me. We decided to have some beers together and see what's happening. I was getting drunk very quickly and couldn't resit the charme of a bar girl who invited us to sit down. Meanwhile it was 3 of us, we met a  young Russian Vladimir on the way. he hardly spoke any English at all. I wonder how he got along!
Maybe you have heard about the bar girls in Thailand. Now this is my version about them: They usually come from poorer regions of the country and work in touristy places like Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket or Chiang Mai. and yes they sell their body. Usually they do it to support their families. You might look down on them as prostitutes but I respect people for what they do in their lives. They are usually less educated but not less clever than the other women. Having a dangerous job like that you need to have some cleverness to survive.Of course it's a question of fewer choice.
Some of them can indeed be really charming and cute and "take care" of you very well. Again speaking Thai is awesome in situations like that. i bought her a drink and enjoyed her company. I was getting totally pissed. I should know my limits and usually I do but yesterday we just started too fast. At about midnight I was glad I was able to get in a Tuk Tuk taking me home.
by the way I won't upload any pics of me from last night- not a beautiful sight:P
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