Entering 2010 in style

Trip Start Nov 01, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2010

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Friday, January 1, 2010

In the past three weeks we went from 2 people to 3 to 5 and back down to three. A lot has happened and we've been having too much fun to spend time doing our blog...so we apologize:) But we hope you all had a wonderful christmas for those of you who celebrate it and New year!

After we last wrote....Liddell and I (tracy) went on a christmas eve ADD tour including a stop at a butterfly farm, elephant riding, white water rafting, trek through the jungle, waterfall visit, bamboo rafting and a visit to a hill tribe village. We decided we had to go on a tour just to see what it was like to cram all of that in in less than 8 hours....Although tours are not generally my thing- it was hilarous and a lot of fun...and  And yes...we did the entire christmas eve ADD tour wearing santa hats.

After contemplating how to spend christmas...we decided to spend it how most people do...opening stockings/presents, cooking,socializing and eating lots of good food, avoiding the       " *changover "  and watching movies....so we decided to enter ourselves in the Thai Cookery school- taught by the international TV  thai chef ...(well that's what they call him)...Sampon ( He was a egotistical one....but great) We spent the day cooking 6 traditional thai dishes and eating more than our stomachs could handle. It was excellent. After we digested a little we headed to the mall to watch Avatar in 3D. A perfect christmas away from home:)

After christmas we were killing some time waiting for our India Visas and the arrival of Corey's cousin Parker and his wife Jill so we hung out in Chiang Mai enjoying the laid back Thai city.

After jill and Parkers arrival we hung around Chiang mai enjoying the culinary delights of the north, visiting markets,and going on the most ridulous tour ever (a river cruise which included ten min up the river to a horse carriage ride where we speeded through temple ruins, museums, and drank beer to go back to the river for another 10 min ride- maybe river cruise was the wrong advertising label)

  We spent their first night doing another cooking class with our teacher ooowen...sounds kind of like the oon in coon....but he went by brandon....(people here tend to have funny nick names...either easy ones for foreigners to say or ones that mean pig, or duck...in thai... Its quite entertaining.) He was a high spirited fellow- hilarous and loved to laugh at the way we do things....especially cutting vegetables or our lack of ability to handle spice. But either way..our dishes turned out very well and it was a fantastic course and evening.

After a few days in Chiang Mai we had to leave the country due to visa expiration so we headed on an overnight train to laos.

We arrived in the backpacker town of Vang Vieng- set in the mountains of jagged limestone formations.

We spent the day doing what most backpackers in SE asia come here to do....one of my favorite activities....tubing.

You essentially tube down the river from bar to bar. These include many dangers such as rope swings, trapese swings, ziplines etc..but its amazing..and a wonderful way to spend the first day of 2010.
Spending the past week with Jill and Parker was a lot of fun and we are sad to see them go. (thanks you two for coming to visit...it was great to see you)
Until next time...

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