Killing Time

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Moooody!
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I am in the mood to watch Anchorman (for the umpteenth time), but I don't have it - and even if I did, I have nothing to watch it on. Bums.  Today I finished reading 1984 and started The Killing Fields.
View over the so-called Hmong tribe village. My head was actually in the cloud


I took Claudia to the airport this morning on my motorbike.  It's not easy balancing a German woman, wearing a 20kg backpack whilst hammering along a motorway.  Maybe that was the problem, the hammering bit...?  On the way back from the airport I was pulled over by a big bunch of policemen at the side of the road doing vehicle inspections.  They said that because I wasn't wearing my helmet, and that because I didn't have my passport (the bike rental place has it as security) and my driving license (it's in the safety locker at the guest house) I had to pay a 2000 baht fine.  Like hell I would.  I argued.  I argued some more.  I noticed they all had guns.  GUNS.  I continued to argue, in a much nicer manner.  Eventually, one of the nicer cops let me off and I went on my merry way - avec helmet.  Score!

I don't leave Chiang Mai until tomorrow evening, when I get the overnight sleeper train which takes 12 hours.
This thing was HUGE. It was about the size of my hand fully spread out. I shit myself, and so would you
  That means that as of this morning I had 36 hours to kill.  I could lay around in bed all day reading?  Maybe get drunk all day?  I could go look at some more temples?  Balls to that, I decided to get on the motorbike, put my iPod on with Evil Nines FabricLive set (awesome set) at full blast, and see just how fast I could race up the Doi Pui mountain road.  Exhilarating!! 

Winding mountain road, motorbike, throbbing breaks.  On the way I noticed a little obscured lane, so I followed it and ended up in a small clearing overlooking the valley and forest.  I was in the clouds!  It was not really noticeable on the road as it was so densely forested, but in this clearing I was literally at the cloud line!  Breathtaking views I'm sure you'll agree.
Statue of Queen Victoria in the foreign cemetery, in Chiang Mai
  Also, I found the mother of all spiders chilling out on a web in the clearing.  I'm not kidding, this thing was the size of my hand at full spread.  I still don't know how I managed to get so close to it to take the photo.  When I eventually got to the very top of the mountain, I pulled into the rangers cabin place and had a look around.  I was greeted by a really nice old Thai gentleman, who offered me coffee (it was really good too) and we chatted and scoffed biscuits as we surveyed our surroundings.  For some strange reason, on the way back down I got it into my head that there must be some pretty savage creatures in the Thai jungles.  Then I remembered that there are Tigers in Thailand.  At this point, I shit myself and was convinced that a tiger was going to jump out at me and make me into an Izzy flavoured tiger snack.

When I got back into town, I went along to the foreigners cemetery.
Kao Soi Kai - scrumptious
  Don't ask why, I don't know.  I was bored.  And it seemed different.  And believe me, it was different.  It was really strange - all the headstones marking the final resting places of traders, missionaries, failed entrepreneurs and other ex-pats.  There was a statue of Queen Victoria in one corner.  There was also a monument to American soldiers that had died in WWII.  "They gave their tomorrow, for your today".  I found that quite striking.  Time to get out of here methinks.

Not sure what I'm going to do tonight.  I had Kao Soi Kai again for dinner.  SO delicious.  For the uninitiated, it's a red curry based dish, with chicken and 3 types of noodles (glass noodles, thicker egg noodles, and then crispy noodles over the top).  Utterly delicious.  There's some bar called the Roof-Top bar, and there seems to be drum 'n' bass pumping out of it.  I might go there for a few drinks!
Izzy says:
Hehe - I'm not the worlds biggest fan of them either!
Posted on: Jun 15, 2007
TennilleLouise says:
You know Izzy, next time you decide to put pictues of GINORMOUS spiders in your blog, LET A GIRL KNOW! I HATE HATE HATE spiders, ew. *shivers*
Posted on: Jun 15, 2007
Izzy says:
They *tried* to charge me too much. I got away paying nothing!
Posted on: Jun 15, 2007
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Moooody!
Moooody!
View over the so-called Hmong trib…
View over the so-called Hmong tri…
This thing was HUGE.  It was about…
This thing was HUGE. It was abou…
Statue of Queen Victoria in the fo…
Statue of Queen Victoria in the f…
Kao Soi Kai - scrumptious
Kao Soi Kai - scrumptious
Local elections billboard.  Caught…
Local elections billboard. Caugh…
Statue of Queen Victoria in the fo…
Statue of Queen Victoria in the f…
Statue of Queen Victoria in the fo…
Statue of Queen Victoria in the f…
This thing was HUGE.  It was about…
This thing was HUGE. It was abou…
View over the so-called Hmong trib…
View over the so-called Hmong tri…
View over the so-called Hmong trib…
View over the so-called Hmong tri…
View over the so-called Hmong trib…
View over the so-called Hmong tri…
Moi
Moi
Check out the tan on those arms!
Check out the tan on those arms!
Gaps Guesthouse at night, avec bee…
Gaps Guesthouse at night, avec be…
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