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Published: February 12th 2009
Outside Mae Salong
Me looking good as usual. No really, the views were awesome despite the presence of smog (it's the beginning of slash and burn season; way to go Asia!!!)
Well hello everybody. We have neglected our blog for too long, so I'm going to throw up some pictures that are a hodgepodge of things we've done in the past six months.
As of now, Claire and I are in are final two months of our time in Thailand (at least this time). As I write, we have not confirmed exactly what is next, although it's looking to be a year in Taiwan. This next year will not only be for adventure but also for making and saving money. It's time that we got rid of the credit card debt we've been carrying and put a lil' somethin' in the bank so we don't have to live in my car when we go back to America.
The first few photos are of a little city near the Burmese border called Mae Salong. This is a largely Chinese village with a definite hill tribe presence as well (Akha, Lisu and others). The city was originally settled by a regiment of the KMT who fled China after the 1949 revolution. Actually they were in Burma until 61'. Then the Junta kicked em' out and they settle in the current location
Mae Salong (farmland/kick it shacks)
We don't have a great photo of all the farmland on the steep hillsides with little rest shelters scattered about, so this will have to do.
creating villages that resembled the ones they left behind in Yunnan. It's a spectacular motorbike drive to the area.
The second set is from Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai. Right down the street from where we live. The festival goes on for a few days at night and involves a lot of fireworks. Ridiculous amounts of fireworks...it sounded like a war zone outside our apartment for days on end. Not that I didn't join in on occasion. It sucked having the festival during the week cause we had to work. The fireworks literally didn't stop each day until 6am. Oh, and the students at school made their own huge lanterns that were lit off in the quad with giant torches...and they had firecrackers and cherry bombs as tails...as the lanterns took off a long fuse was lit...then...the fireworks would start to go off with many of them falling and exploding near, and on, the students and teachers on the ground...safety first is not a known concept here...Amazing Thailand.
Reggae Festival happened in Pai, and we went on a moments notice. It was pretty good. Actually half of the bands weren't that great. Some were pure ska crica
View of the town from the temple.
So Cal 1994. But it was a nice experience, and that motorbike drive to Pai is really fun. Not as pretty outside of the rainy season though. You always hear all this crap about "don't come in the rainy season", but it's just not true. It's the greenest time of year, and the air has been washed clean of the darn Asian Brown Cloud. Come here in the rainy season. Bring a raincoat.
There's a few pics of us and friends relaxing at the reservoir. This is a big lake thingy with bamboo huts around it (or on it) and people serving yummy, cheap Thai food. It really relaxing and only 20 minutes out of town.
Finally, there are a few random photos explained by caption and some Chiang Dao stuff. We went to the cave at Chiang Dao but forgot to bring the camera in...oops.
Well that's all for now. We'll try to get some more stuff up, but we'll see. The next one may be of our new home in a different country. We'll see...
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