Today was day 1 of our two day mountain trekking trip. Helma decided not to go as she has gone before so it was to be myself along with Cyn and Karin, the two other girls from Holland. We have been getting along really well, like good friends or brothers and sisters and so we were very ready to spend the next couple days together. We got picked up by our tour guide and jumped in the car with our fellow Trekkers. 4 from Korea and 2 from Italy. I have no problem with foreigners as we are all such, but I had little excitement sharing this experience with people who didn't speak English as these trips are totally dependant on the company you keep. Part of the trek is riding on the back of elephants through the jungle. I told the operater of our tour when we booked that I was against this and didn't want any part of it.
Strangely enough, Cyn and Karen were in total agreement. Once we were in the car we found out that our walking trek was extended by 1 hour since we boycotted the elephants. We tried to be humane and we were somewhat penalized. How unfair! Fate though had bigger plans for us. On the way to the trek site, we stopped at some rest stop where many other tours were pit stopping and at that point our tour guide told us, our party of 3, to switch cars. Because we passed on riding the great beasts, we switched groups! So now it was me, my two girls, and three girls from England. I was a little introverted at first letting them get the girl talk out of the way at which point I realized how pretty one of them was.
Olivia. 24, tall, beautiful smile, brunette, Ray Ban aviators. My type to say the least. We ascented the mountain once we arrived. The heat was claustrophobic but there was only one way out at this point and it was up and thus we continued. We had a pit stop mid way up for some food right by this beautiful waterfall. I took this stop to get to know my new friend Olivia. Turns out she has one of the most attractive qualities a girl could have, intelligence. As much as I constantly clown around, I love intelligent conversation and being challenged and she offered those things to me. Eventually we arived at the top of the mountain where there was a remote village that was to be our host tonight. Dogs, pigs, and chickens roamed the obviously unpaved roads while local village inhabitants continued doing what they do, of which I had no clue as to what that was.
Build, repair, cook, etc. We're talking basic basic basic life. We built a fire as it was sure to get cold here at night and the entire night consisted of acoustic guitar, games, and conversation. Our guide told us to follow him and after about 100 metres, we came across an outdoor party. All the villagers weredressed up in ancient Thai costumes singing and dancing around a massive fire. The kids were so cute and having such fun. I met a few of them, danced and sang with the congregation and just engulfed myself in their celebration. Afterwards we all went back to our cabin. Slowly everyone started to turn in which eventually left Lady Olivia and myself. We talked for a couple hours and really got on. We made plans to meet the day she returns to Chang Mai
and go for dinner. I have been craving deep dish pizza since I saw a pizza hut sign and asked if that worked for her. "Perfect". My kinda girl. I fell asleep that night in a bamboo hut with no electricity, no bathroom, the sounds of Cocks cock-a-doodle-doing, Olivia in my arms, and a smile on my face.