Chiang Mai Here We Come
Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
5Trip End Jan 28, 2012
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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.