Chiang Mai has been so good to me. I found a cure for my dietary intolerances, dined and partied with beautiful people, celebrated the Thai new year, and am loving my massage class. My teacher is so knowledgeable. Where do I begin?
Last week the country celebrated Songkran for 3 days. It was so crazy. Its like the whole country is so rowdy:
You can’t walk down the street in the middle of the day without getting wet. My bike rides to and from school on those days were a mix of delight, moments of irritation, and occasional anger when being splashed with the unexpected bucket of ice water while trying to keep focus in traffic.
During Songkran its customary to visit the temple and make various offerings. One of which is pouring water over a statue of Buddha.
Needless to say there are plenty of parties in the evenings.
What can I say.. this is probably the best classroom setting I’ve ever experienced. I’m passionate about the subject. My teacher, Nuy, is approachable, funny, and so knowledgeable. The classroom is relaxed.
There is a lot to learn.
I love my classmates. They are easy to work with and we socialize after class often.
Last weekend 2 classmates and I went over to Doi Suthep, a major temple just outside Chiang Mai, and then to visit one of the king’s palaces as well as a neighboring village.
The food continues to be phenomenal. And to add to that, I found a cure to my dietary intolerances…. Turmeric.
I’m still in disbelief. After the past 3 years of searching, researching, experimenting, renouncing all the foods I love, and doctors visits of various kinds, I come here and buy an over the counter bottle of turmeric pills for about $3, at the advice of my amazing teacher, and now I can eat dairy, gluten, coffee, spicy food… I’m still adjusting to the sudden shock of dietary freedom.
I also found the best pad thai in Chiang Mai, and possibly all of Thailand, and it’s just down the street from my school so I eat there everyday, sometimes twice a day.
I am really enjoying my time here and feel this is just what I needed at this point in life. Thank you for reading my blog and supporting my travels. I started this blog so that I could share my experiences abroad with friends and family and I’m so fortunate to have you amazing people in my life.
I’m still taking donations for help with my Thai Massage tuition and expenses. All donors will receive a little token of gratitude in the mail. For generous donors giving $50 or more I will send you these thai hot pants I have only encountered in Chiang Mai.
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Thanks again for reading. Until next time…