Songkran was over...

Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
Trip End Mar 05, 2009

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Friday, April 25, 2008

... but one woman's battle with sewage water had only just begun.

It was one of those days. Quite normal and lazy, really, post-Song Kran chillaxed and I was kind of tired around 10pm at night and decided to go home rather than out for drinks... yeah right. Let's just say the notorious moat, Chiang Mai's improved version of a sewage canal that surrounds the old part of town on four sides (town center's square), got in the way. I'm saying improved because we just had Songkran here and apparently they clean its water before Songkran to avoid too many hospitalizations.

The last thing I reportedly said to my four friends was , "I'm going to bed now" and seconds later found myself in the slimy, brown, muddy, reeking riverbed four meters below. To those of you who've been to Chiang Mai, you know all about how disgusting that canal is. I fell in because I tripped over a tree or parts of a tree and kept on rolling until I was in and well under. Next I got up, water quite shallow as you first roll in but deeper mid-way in the canal and whoops there was one shoe quietly drifting away. I rescued it and took the other one off as well and tossed them both up the bank to Panajotis who yes, of course, no doubt about it, was ready to jump in and save me and the shoes. He did save my bag that I recovered next.

And then I think I just stood there and started laughing and never really stopped again until I was safe in bed a couple hours later. Because all of that was so utterly unreal (I never fell into anything in my life before), I went for a swim in the refreshingly cool water (s. footage), never mind the smell and that not enough, we then staged the drama and made a movie out of it. I didn't actually mean to fall in again but it happened anyway, so part of that film is me sliding down (which is far better than rolling, because the concrete canalbed is steep and rough and full of spiky rocks) on my bum and then saving my shoes that I forgot to take off and swimming and laughing like a madwoman... speaking of, if there ever was any doubt as to me being nuts, this episode should take care of it. Unfortunately, the movie is quite dark and you can't really hear the hyena laughing, but it's a document of madness all the same and will be saved for the grandchildren. Whoever's grandchildren. My sister's, probably.

So then when I climbed out of the water the second time, there was a dead fish not far from where I'd climbed out, well documented in the movie made by Gualberto, who also took his time to interview me about my own, and the water's condition. It was a bit of a miracle because other than two scrapes, nothing at all happened. The only casualty is a $3 watch from Burma. The fish was dead before I fell in!

Comments from friends immediately after:

"I can't believe you didn't hurt yourself!"
"I'd like to see you drunk." (that's what friends are for)
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