#68 - up to chiang mai
Chiang Mai Travel Blog› entry 68 of 113 › view all entries
i woke up today to some horribly sad news. my dear friend natalie's sister, yael, passed away. it is just so surreal and i am just so sad. i checked my e-mail and received the shocking news and didn't really know what to do with myself. it's very bizarre when you are by yourself and in a foreign country to receive news like that (much like i felt when i found out that alice had passed away when i was in new zealand). i just wish i could be there for natalie right now. nat, i love you so much and i'm thinking about you, yael, josh and your family constantly. :(
i'm actually glad that today was a big travel day for me so i could just zone out on the 2 plane rides - one to bangkok and one to chiang mai.
i arrived in chiang mai around 6:30 or so & i hadn't booked a hostel. this is actually the first time i've been so unprepared...i figured i could figure it out though.
so, i sat in the airport for a little while making some calls. julie's guest house was recommended to me by several people, so i tried there but they were full. :( so, i tried sarah guesthouse & they had availability. it's nice to be in a place that has rooms for SUPER cheap. i took a cab ride from the airport with a very nice driver named bee. when i told him i was from california he said 2 things....1) your governer - arnold schwarzenger (how how do you spell his name?!? i don't have time to really think about it!) and 2) barack obama.
now sarah guest house was not all that AT ALL. i had this tiny little dingy room - but hey, it worked.
i decided to get out on the town & do something today so i headed for the night market. on my way, i met adem - from turkey. very nice guy & we ended up wandering around the market for the next couple hours. i love the energy at the night market - but i do hate how the salespeople can be so pushy. if you so much as look in the direction of something they say "250 baht, madame"...."for you, 250 baht"...you wait 2 seconds and they say "okay, 200 baht for you...first customer"... it's so hard to even look at something without feeling guilty for not buying it.
i headed back to my hotel around 11pm & was so excited that i easily found my hotel. okay, hotel is a strong word. hostel...guest house....dingy little room! anyway, i decided i'd try to find a new place in the morning...but my first night in chiang mai was definitely fun. there is a good feel about this city.