#69 - doi suthep & massage
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I got my act together pretty early & set out to find a new guest house. I went to Julie's to see if I could get in there that night & again, she said they were full. BUMMER. Dan Aufhauser & Phil Psilos both recommended it & I really wanted to stay there. Very cool vibe. So, I just sat and had breakfast & took it all in. In the meantime, I called another guest house that Phil recommended - CM Blue House. They had availability! And the guy sounded really nice so I was happy.
I went back to Sarah guest house, packed up my stuff & switched guest houses. I LOVED CM Blue when I got there. It's so zen feeling, great music playing, great little garden, everything is clean and nice - AND it's super cheap too! The guys that run it are great.
After a little lunch, I headed out to Doi Suthep - a famous/special buddhist temple just outside of Chiang Mai. I took one of those red pick-up truck taxi thingys where they pile in 8 people. And man - that road up to the top is WINDY!!! It was about a 40ish minute ride or so - there were times when I was a bit dizzy - but it was all good.
Got to the temple and proceeded to walk up the 306 stairs to the top. Oy. Defintiely a good way to get your heart pumping. The temple was beautiful - but unfortunately the huge gold part of it was under renovation so it had scaffolding all over it.
I bought the packet of incense, candles & a flower that the Thais use an offering to the Buddhas. Now I know I'm Jewish & we aren's supposed to pray to any idols or anything - but I really liked the experience of sitting in silence in this special place. I wanted to do something for Yael and Natalie so I thought about them as I sat with the incense & the candles. I don't really know what all the things mean for Thais - I need to ask that - but for me, I was just thinking peaceful thoughts for Yael and Natalie.
I then went into a room where you get blessed by a monk. He then throws holy water on you & then you get a white band around your wrist that is for safe travels (I figured that was good to get).
Every day they do an introduction to meditation at 3pm, so I went to that. For an hour I learned about preparing for meditation, sitting meditation & walking meditation. I really enjoyed it. I would love to do a 3 day retreat here, but they don't have room until I will already be on my way to Laos. :( I really enjoyed my experience though and I am going to try to do the meditation as they taught me each morning for 5ish minutes or so (Belinda - what do you think? ;) )
I came back to Chiang Mai via the pick=up truck thingys but it was another negotiation process on the price.
When I got back, I treated myself to a WONDERFUL Thai massage.
I also had one of the best meals of my trip. And I am not exaggerating. I ate at this little vegetarian restaurant around the corner from the guest house called May Kaidee's - they have a website - www.maykaidee.com. I had this pumpkin basil dish that was SOOOOOOOOOO delicious. I really can't say enough about it. And I had brown rice AND spring rolls (I was hungry). They have a cooking school, so I think I'll take a class from them! I won't be able to do it for a few days - tomorrow I'm going to wander around the city, the next day I'm going to take a day trip to Pai - but when I'm back I want to learn how to make that dish! They said they could teach me.
I'm having a hard time finding an internet cafe with a fast enough connection to upload pictures. I'm real behind on them. I hope to be able to do that soon!!!
A huge MWAH to everyone back home. I really wish I could be there for Yael's funeral and I will be thinking of her & Natalie & Josh & the Kaniel family & all my friends there.
- took a tuk tuk out to Tesco Lotus - the huge Walmart type place! i needed to do some shopping for habitat for humanity stuff & restock on some toiletries type stuff - it was actually a LOT of fun going out there. crazy to be in a very big mall type thing!!!
- walked ALLLL over chiang mai today - chinatown, wats, the whole kit & kaboodle! i was POOPED!
- had dinner at the vegetarian restaurant that i love so much again!!!! i bonded with noon, the happy happy happy waiter.
- had TWO massages tonight :) 1 hour thai & 1 hour foot massage....the whole thing was about $8 for both!
- packed for my trip to pai tomorrow