On the road again
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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
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
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.