Delays and Water Retention
Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
138Trip End May 01, 2013
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While Paula peeled open her eyes Vikki raced down the road the grab a tuk-tuk. We loaded up and weaved in and out of traffic until we arrived at the station around 8am. With time to spare we grabbed some pastry stodge and sat on the platform amongst various urine stenched locals / vagabonds waiting for the train. It was during this interlude that the station tannoy piped up and barked out some crackly noise which turned out to be the national anthem, we were only made aware that it was customary to stand at this point when the smelly tramp beside us signalled that we should stand, the only time we have been put in our place by a homeless person with no teeth, of his own anyway
When the train pulled in shortly before 8.30am we loaded our gear and took our reclining leather seats for the journey.The journey was relatively uneventful except Vikki being told off for smoking in the loo's, and being served meals on wheels by a train hostess. After twelve hours we were preparing for our imminent arrival in Chiang Mai when we were told it would be another two hours - punctuality apparently not their thing! We finally arrived almost fifteen hours after we set off which was strangely manageable after our experience of horrendously long drive days on the truck in Africa. Unfortunately with all of the inactivity on flights and trains and the higher altitude in Chiang Mai we were both suffering from elephantitous of the feet, Vikki's were massive and about to explode.
We jumped into a 'public taxi', like a cattle cart, and arrived at our accommodation, The Green Tulip within the historic city walls shortly before midnight hoping someone would be awake to let us in! We were in luck - we arrived at our ensuite room and fell into bed exhausted. Not before we took our six 'snail' tablets the size of suppositories to kill off any parasites we may have picked up in Lake Malawi....how romantic!