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Published: July 31st 2008
2:30PM- Train departs Bangkok and heads north to Chiang Mai
4:14PM- Almost two hours in and only one city outside of Bangkok. It rained out and we all got wet! First card game of Quibbler begins. Courtney is already asleep
4:39PM- Kristin notices game is called Quiddler, not Quibbler
4:53PM- Meet a lovely Chiang Mai family of three who just moved here from Hawaii. Imagine that? So wild. Kristin is losing terribly to Christina and begins complaining that it's not fair she can use spanish as well as english words.
5:12PM- Man jumps off of train... yes, for real
5:30PM- Kristin attempts to pee in a squat toilet while on a moving train (Murph and Hagan, never come here). Macaela- leaning out window, Christina- writing, Courtney- sleeping
6:18PM- Kristin is made fun of for still carrying around her dictionary and thesaurus. (Author's note: words are strength and I make a vow to expand my vocabulary)
6:55PM- Kristin decides she will never cut her hair short again, unless she shaves it all off to save her from the heat,would give anything for a Jersey sock bun.
6:57-7PM- We all laugh endlessly at the woman trying to persuade Christina to buy seaweed Lady: 7 baht, you take
Christina: I don't want it
Lady: okay, 5 baht you take
7:24PM- Kristin thinks the fake IPod she bought in Bangkok is her best purchase yet. We all watch as the man turns our beds down
9:08PM- Kristin begins to feel the consequences of eating skittles and peanut m&ms for dinner.
11:21PM- Are we there yet?
12:02AM- Kristin feels sick of riding around in the top bunk on the worst train ride she has ever been on. (Think, raft on the water with a bit of pick up truck on a dirt road kind of feel)
2:41AM- Fell asleep for a few minutes and had a nightmare that she showed up at the wrong school in September, teaching a new grade completely unprepared, still smelling of her trip
3:00AM- Kristin smiles at Macaela, who is also still awake. We all make angry faces at a sleeping Christina
3:10AM- Kristin writes a poem: Trains, through the mountains, slow, slow, slow, when will it stop, when will the pain end
3:12AM- Kristin attempts to read her book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, but feels sick
3:14AM- Kristin is so excited for Kristen and Danielle's weddings
5:37AM- Train arrives at Chaing Mai
After a short nap we settle in and put up our nets, as the day bugs have already been biting. We are put into two seperate rooms for the first time of our trip. We made arrangements for the next three days: Jungle Trekking, Elephant Riding, Long Neck Tribe. We are all pretty excited.
We are off to grab a bite to eat before we attend our first Thai Boxing Match. We have front row seats and are a bit fearful we will be splattered in blood and/or spit. Let the games begin!
Thai Kho and Crew
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