Abundant Grace... and falafels

Trip Start Sep 09, 2011
Trip End Jun 29, 2012

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What I did
Abundant Grace Church
Jerusalem Falafel Restaurant
Sunday Walking Street
Sticky rice and mango
InterRoom Bar

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

This morning we went to Abundant Grace Church in Chiang Mai, which is run by a young Indian pastor and his Thai wife. She used to be Buddhist herself, so has a unique way of understanding the Thai religious perspective. He preaches in English and his wife co-leads translating directly into Thai next to him on the stage. It was brilliant. He was a great preacher... just the right amount of humour and passion.

We arrived a little bit late, but as we entered to the sound of Hillsongs hymns being sung in Thai, felt right at home. They put up the words in Thai and English, and swapped between the two, and it was nice to hear different cultures singing with the same sentiment of praise, but in a very different tongue.

He talked about living out the kingdom of God, and it was a really inspiring and affirming service, so we left feeling very positive. If this was not positivity enough we then went to the Jerusalem Falafel Restaurant for lunch. MMMMMMMMM. Can I get another MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
Hummus is my friend.

In the evening we wandered down to Sunday Walking Street, which is a much more civilised, family friendly version of the night market, with lots of lovely stalls and crafty bits.

It was here that I had my first encounter with sticky rice, mango and coconut milk. A. Maze.Ing.

We wandered along and stopped in a bar called Inter-Bar where there was a guy playing live music. All western songs, but the lyrics? Not entirely as I remember them. Especially the version of Sweet Home Alabama, which he in fact changed to Sweet Home Chiang Rai... catchy.

It was a lovely chilled day, and while my foot is still sore, it seems to be very much on the mend.
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Janette on

Great blog! :) I´ve been in Chiang Mai a few years back and loved it!
I studied in Bangkok at Kasetsart Uni. last fall and it was great! Went to study there via this organisation called Asia Exchange (www.asiaexchange.org), all the arrangements went really smoothly and I had the best study semester ever!
Hopefully the floods do not mess things up there too much!
Take care! :)

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