Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
55Trip End Jul 22, 2008
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Spicy Thai Backpackers
I find myself not doing much here in Chiang Mai, taking it easy and relaxing in tbe hostel quite a bit. A couple days ago i took one of the free bicycles from the hostel and mooched around the old town a wee bit which was enjoyable, rather than walking. Had a successful day of finding the post office, buying a tripod and having a beer in a cool pub.. i told you it's truly the simple things with traveling and in life!! So i was happy. It's quite touristy here with mountains all around so would rather sit and take it in eh...
Yesterday I embarked on a mountain biking trip. I assumed it would quite easy as i enjoy sports and adventure quite a bit as anyone that knows me would know...however, extreme mountain is much more physically demanding than i thought, well really didn't think aboot it. Started out on a 'beginner' trail which took 2 hrs...only a few rocks and managed not to crash and burn until the last 2 mins.. only a little scratch (safety fist please as i had all the protective gear on). The next two trails were shorter but more advanced... steeper, really narrow and lots of rocks.. had to walk down certain parts as i didn't want a full body cast. I really enjoyed it though and hope to try again and get better. It's truly a full body workout though to control the bike or try to control the bike and full concentration is needed as well. So it was a success as there wasn't much blood but a lot of sweat!! Hey Ed and Rick, I have new-found respect for you guys, my biking friends from manchester...didn't realize how hardcore you were!! haha! I literally can't move today, walking to the shop was a struggle - bring it on!
I think i am moving on tomorrow but not defininte as i'm enjoying chillin'.. feel knackered as it quite exhausting traveling...haha...actuially can be but that's definitely not a complaint for the record. Im gonna to try to give you the feel a bit of a hostel as many of you don't know, since this one is paritcularly grand.
Oh i did forget..this hostel is also great for activities at night, free ones that really allows you to be submersed into the culture which is my attraction to traveling. The first night i was here we went to the oldest temple in town and celebrated MA KA BU CHA Day - so-called Buddha's birthday, when he became aboot 2550 years ago, i think. It was interesting, very quiet, calm and everyone walked around the temple 3 times and candles and incense are always lit as well as the lotus flower(symbol of life) is always present. It was lovely to see. Then the next night went to a true Thai buffet/bbq. It was hugeeee... you go up take whatever food you want as usual, all you can eat but it's raw and you come back to your table with a mini cyclinder thing with coals, and hot water and cook it yourself. It is indeed hard to explain and i'm not doing it justice but it was very novel and very filling!! mmmmmm!
Alrighty roo... i have hogged the internet for long enough now..i'm gonna go back to the lounge to partake in the movie watching (been awhile since i watched any tv). Hope i was able to entertain you somewhat.. and not to bore you.. i never know!! Cheers!