December 25th, 2008 – by: Stevie_Wes
'The Spicy Crew' on Christmas Day! :)))
Steve's first Christmas ever away from home and family. A strange festive time indeed. For one, the weather's hot today. Bright sunshine, sweaty jeans and T-shirt. This does not happen in England. It's odd but true but after 4 months and a day of travelling I'd almost been forgetting Christmas was coming. Or at least it could've accidentally passed me by anyways. I have no idea, even now, what day of the week Christmas was on - this being written on the 27th. Dates, at most, are just numbers these days. If that.
The first year for me without anticipation. Without excitement. Mostly. Without retail headaches and exhaustion. "Praise the Lord!". Okay, so I didn't entirely get away with that one.
The 'no prezzy' gig that is. The happy crew at the SpicyThai Backpackers hostel where I've been staying for the past coupla days (review to follow) have put on a free huge BBQ meal for all of the guests plus a secret santa. "Woo-hoo!"
Sort of. At first I'm kinda stoked that I will actually get a little bit of festive spirit shopping activity but after 30 minutes of shlepping around town and the usual array of souless retail mega-marts without a dram of inspiration to be found anywhere I'm not a happy shopper. After an hour and a half I just bail out, give up and decide to give some sketch I knocked out in Nepal to the unknown recipient.
The BBQ put on by the fantastic Noom and his wife Sao at Spicythai is great.
19 people in the back of a tuk tuk taxi. [not from Steve's camera]
Lots of Thai meaty goodness. We're well blessed with a number of talented musicians (Neil and Jamie) who are staying at the hostel right now so we have great live music to help the large amount of beers keep sliding down nice'n'smooth. If ya curious to know, the gift I got in secret santa was a good ol' bottle of Smirnoff :D This is swiftly dispatched along with a bottle of scotch, gin and two bottles of Bacardi over a pool-table shots shooting session before heading out to the Riverside Bar with Noom and the Spicythai gang. "Ho Ho Ho!"
A fantastic local band help us to rock around and through the clock 'til midnight before we head elsewhere. You've heard it all before. The drinks keep a-flowin' and the fun keeps on goin'. There's hanging dangerously out the back of tuk tuks with beers in hand. People passing out on top of the same transports. Happiness. Drunkeness. A Merry Christmas was certainly had by all.
Thank you to Noom and Sao, our priceless hosts at SpicyThai.
Thank you and once more seasons greetings to my family and friends all those many, many miles away.
Thank you to all my fantastic TravBuddy pals who also kept me company over the festive period with all your messages and seasons greetings.
"Here's to a Happy New Year of travelling too!"
Chiang Mai Hostels review
A perfect home away from home for Christmas (or anytime) in Chiang Mai.
Spicythai is a real, real jewel of a hostel. One of those places where after having stayed for just a day or two you know one thing for sure. 1) Yes … read entire review