Chiang Mai Here We Come

Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
Trip End Jan 28, 2012

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Friday, January 6, 2012

We all received a wake up call at 6 am. We met for breakfast at 7 am. The breakfast was not anything to brag about except that it was included in the hotel price. We had a fried egg, 2 pieces of toast, beverage and 2 slices of what we would call bologna. While we were eating the employees of the hotel retrieved our luggage and loaded our belongings into 2 vans for our transportation back to the airport. This leg of the journey will be with Thai Airways. Since we were traveling a domestic flight we did not have to mess with customs. I was afraid of having to pay additional baggage fees since our tickets only included 1 luggage; however, they took all of our luggage at no additional cost. So, I was very happy.

The flight to Chiangmai was only 55 minutes. We had no entertainment on the flight but was served a beverage and a crab salad sandwich. When we arrived at the airport we went directly to retrieve our luggage. Once again, all went well. We were greeted by our BCNC friends. The buddies were eager to meet one another in person. They all had introduced themselves on FB but now they can develop their friendship in person. After we exchanged our American money to Thai baht we left the airport and headed to BCNC.

Upon our arrival to BCNC, our luggage was delivered to our rooms and lunch was served. We had one of our favorite dishes, Pad Thai and sticky rice with mango. Lunch conversation included catching up with everything from my last visit. After lunch we had some time to unpack and rest a little. At 3 pm we met for an orientation to BCNC. The orientation lasted around 1 1/2 hours. Faculty and students were introduced to one another and the schedule for the 3 weeks was reviewed. While the students took their tour of the campus, I ran to the grocery store for laundry detergent. Our laundry will be professionally cleaned; however, in Thai culture it is not polite for someone to launder your socks and undergarments so we have to do that ourselves. Dinner was served around 6 pm. Our meals have been scaled back which is good. There was always so much food left over. Meals are primarily different kinds of soup, vegetables, rice, meat and dessert. Standard food such as bread, jelly, peanut butter, cereal and fresh fruit is always available.

It has been a long day. We showered and went to bed early. I would say that everyone was asleep by 8 pm. Other than feeling tired, it is great to be back home.
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psychrn on

I woke up without the alarm at 7 am after 7 hours of sleep and trudged to the kitchen for the necessary "cuppa" to get the day started. Although no one prepared breakfast for me, I had prepared apple/walnut baked oatmeal last evening which is currently in the oven while I catch up on the exciting lives of friends and colleagues abroad. After a lovely weekend of spring-like weather and many miles traveled up and down Rt. 83 to York hospital for 495, it's just another Monday morning here!! Thought I would add to the thrill of being in Thailand by reminding you of the ordinariness of Central PA. But, for a comfy bed, steady work, loving family, and rest in the love of a benevolent gracious God, I am grateful. Love hearing about your experience. Hi to Thai friends and also the students!!

Tara J on

Debbie: It is so much fun to read your blogs! Thank you for taking the time. I am amazed at the immense planning that you put forth in organizing your annual trip. You are extremely generous with your time and effort in many ways.

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