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Published: January 26th 2007
Oliver and I are currently in Pai. Ahh, Pai. People from all over the world traveling all over Thailand come to Pai to do...nothing. Absolutely, gloriously nothing. Where the beer runs as freely as the river winding through it, and the hippies sleep off their hangovers in hammocks all day long. Where the streets are lined with shops selling clothes directly time warped from the sixties and the river is lined with bamboo huts (and crossed by bamboo bridges and lit by bamboo bonfires at night). Somewhere behind me in this sea of bamboo, someone is playing a guitar. Somewhere across the way, someone is getting their hair dredded. Totally awesome. Dude.
Pai is one of those few places so chill that doing nothing doesn't feel worthless. You plan to stay a day or two, and the next time you look at a calendar you discover you've been there for a week.
Since being here, we have napped in many hammocks and drank many a Chang beer next to the fire. We rented motor bikes for half a day, but that's about it. Oh, and we've eaten tons of good food. Mustn't forget the good food.
We've met some pretty cool
Dor on Buddha
Sidartha would be rolling in his grave over this.
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people staying in the bamboo tourist ghetto, and went motorbiking with them yesterday. It is easy to meet people here, a lot of like minded young folk wandering around.
Alright Dorien is working on something else so I (Oliver) was brought in to finish the blog. I can't really say that I want to continue on (and on and on and on-(what are you implying here, oliver?? don't have me edit your entry if you want to schmear my eloquent prose) with Dorien's step by step accounts of what we have been doing so i am going to jump to the most current problem.. Dorien mentioned above that food was delicious but I found out last night at 3 am that although tasty....doesn't hide the fact that it had probably been sitting on the counter (Made of Bamboo of course) all day (and perhaps week) waste not want not....Well thats funny because I no longer want.... anything. Well at least I can't eat anything because I will end up in the same place I was last night.....wandering around in the dark looking for some water left out by a drunk hippy so I can wash the taste of vomit
White Wat (what?)
This is a newly built wat that has extremely interesting paionting on the walls on the iside. Still being worked on. Much comentary on America. Paintings of the twin towers, airplanes and all, oil explotation, super man and even keanu Reeves.
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out of my mouth. Or scouring the bathroom stalls for unused bits of toilet poper so I can.......you get the point. All day has been sitting (not all that uncommon here) waiting to feel better. But Dorien has joined the team. Currently sitting beside me, her face resembles that of someone who has just lost their passport.....or perhaps she is holding back the urge to regurgitate the "tons of good food" for the ants crawling around our feet.
Tomorrow we are planning on leaving this time warp.. The smell of patchuli is making my nausia climb to new levels. If we feel the same in the morning we just might have to spend another day doing nothing. It seems our plans have fallen through with one of the organic farms so it is off to Loas. Where we plan to go rope swinging with the gibbons in one of the few national resrves. We'll have more on that later. Thanks for tuning in, this is travel update (said in a news caster voice) Oliver and D
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