two weeks gone already
Chiang Mai Travel Blog› entry 8 of 38 › view all entries
December 19th, 2008 – by: ajaxyhap
Last night went out to Jens place again, for Peter's good bye dinner (off to Cambodia to work in an orphanage for a week or two, then probably rendez-vous with me in the south), cocktails and some halarious games of charades. Ten of us in all.... including Jens slighly tipsy and very ammourous chinese neighbour who just resoted to smothering him with kisses rather than act out a charade.
Jumping back to Sunday, went with Martin for a swim at the sports complex here, and we were lucky enough to find a fairly large drag raceing meet/competition well under way. Took quite a good mini-film of one of the runs, but i'm not sure if the video format will work if i post it here. Then sampled the open air 50M pool, ploughing out a swift 1Km, with bats fluttering overhead as dusk was drawing in. Ended up having a rather late night at 'Spicy' (one of the few places open past 2am) drinking Sangsom buckets with Nuch (lovely thai girl I met the night before) and her friends.
Next day drove up to a waterfall on the road which goes to Doi Suthep (one of the more important temples in the area, perched at the top of the hill).
Wednesday went climbing out at the rocks again. I had just bought myself the local guide-book so Martin and I went to find an area called Hanging Gardens with some short and fairly easy routes for which I wouldn't have to miss any clips due to lack of gear. Managed three routes (two 5bs, one 5c) all clean onsight leads, so was very happy with myself. Starting to get a bit of confidence back.... and know that I should soon actually practice falling, but the thought of it has the same effect on me as that spider.
Now it's so close to xmas there's no point moving on, so looks like i'll stay here one more week and head south on the 26th or 27th. Not sure if i'll break it up with a stop in bangkok or just push right through...... Just can't wait for my first dip in the sea!
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