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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Sunday, December 20, 2009

I am fortunate
enough to have been the last person to be
picked up in this minivan headed to Pai in Northern Thailand. I have the
front seat, the last seat available. Perfect for me right now as I’m not feeling
well, have a cold and my stomach is doing tricks. Have a feeling if I were
stuck in the very back it would not be so pleasant. The road to Pai is
extremely twisty with continuous hairpin turns. I have never seen any road more curves, makes Golden BC look like child’s play, so
being in the front I can fix my sight on the horizon and also should the driver
of the van fall asleep or something at least I could grab the wheel and save
our lives, haha, provided I’m not still typing on my computer. I can barely
hear a nickleback song playing on the radio. Odd

Life has been busy
for me these last couple of weeks, been traveling around from various beaches
to the busy, insane world of Bangkok, to Chaing mai in the North and now to
Pai. Chaing Mai is interesting, lots of temples and attractions to see and tasty
food to choose from. Walking around 10 kms in flip flops everyday, however is
challenging and hard on my lower back, but pressing on is the only way to go.
I’m surprisingly doing well for energy levels dispite averaging about 5 hours
sleep a night but will look forward to Pai as it will be a good place to catch up
on some Zzz’s and find some downtime. After searching
long and hard I finally bought new sandals again, they’re actual teva flips,
the cheap red ones were just killing my toes and feet and I threw them
immediately in the trash when I slipped on the teva’s.

I get a chuckle
with a sign on the side of the road, that displays “SHARP TURN”. Really? They
are all sharp turns and you can hear the tires squeal as we corner them. A sign
reads 66 to Pai. Someone in the back coughs and the driver sneezes, appears
like everyone is sick and it was inevitable for me catching it. We slow down and enter
a section of road to see that a UV had crashed hard, clearly the vehicle
flipped over as the roof was all crushing in, can’t see the occupants surviving
that one…. Sadly.

I am currently here laying in my bed made of concrete, or tho it seems, it is late at night and I can’t sleep due to this cold. And speaking of cold, it is just that, cold. I have 2 blankets covering me as it's about 15 degrees instead of the 25-30 I was used to at night on Koh Lanta. I am playing songs on the computer next to me and when I go to change a song I discovered I have an internet signal! In all the places I’ve been thus far I have not had internet
and here in the middle of a series of bamboo shacks I get one. Such an unusual
location to receive one, but I am glad however.

It's 3 in the morning now and the red hot chilli peppers are playing on the computer, I'm starting to get hungry so I guess I better post this and try and get some sleep.

The pictures are all from Chaing Mai in the past 2 days, the bamboo was cool, it cast a green hue. The monk in orange was walking by me and I took a long exposure and panned him as he walked. The flag picture I just kneeled down on my knee and shot it upwards. The photo of power lines is for Vic... this is not even close to the best I've seen, on an island I saw this maze of wires that was 5 times this one.

Ciao for now.


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Troy's baby sister on

Chaing Mai sounds interesting. I would love to see those temples.Yay for finding better footwear!! I hope these do you well in your travels.

Great pictures! That one of the maze of wires on the pole is crazy. Wow. Loved the bamboo picture! Very cool.

Going to mom's for Boxing Day! Merry Christmas from Mike and I, the dogs, cats. We will be thinking of you xoxoxo take good care and I hope it warms up for you there!

Munro on

Merry Christmas Babs! Have a good one. Cheers

Jocelyne on

Merry Christmas Troy from snowy New Brunswick! Awesome blog. It's great that you take the time to update us. Keep 'em coming and have a banana shake for me. PS - ANY flip flops are better than then Sorels or UGGs ;)

Jeff Doepker on

Hey Troy, we're finally settled (a little) and I've had time to catch up on your blog. Sounds like an adventure. Beautiful pictures, and I love the tips (panning on a moving object / person with a longer exposure.... who woulda thunk?)
Keep the posts coming,

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