Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

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To quote Clark Griswold*, “I love a parade.” (He was probably quoting someone else but it is always his voice in my head when I think that thought.) And so, after about 4 hours of sleep, I woke up on a Saturday morning [Feburary 7th] to go see the Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade. The […]

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Procession of 10,000 Monks

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In December, we woke up about 6am and headed to town for the Processions of 10,000 monks. As the name would suggestion, the event features 10,000 plus monks who walk down the street and receive alms from the attendees. We arrived to parking lots packed with scooters and the street barricaded for the event. If there […]

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The beautiful Himalayan Cherry Blossoms

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Anyone would agree that Thailand is much cheaper to live in than Japan but does it have sakuras? Turns out the answer is “YES” but here they go by a slightly more exotic name, “Tiger Queen”. To get to these light pink beauties requires about an hour drive outside of Chiang Mai, winding up the […]

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A visit to Elephant Nature Park

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Ten plus years ago on my first trip to Thailand, I found myself on top of an elephant in a basket bumping down a path as a baby elephant trailed behind us. The mahout (elephant wrangler) guided the elephant’s actions by yelling and jabbing his wooden knife into the elephant’s skull. This and seeing the […]

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Up up and away!

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Saturday found us at the Thailand International Balloon Festival, a two-day event hosting 15 hot air balloons from “around the world”. As I’ve always wanted to go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta launch, we braved a very early morning to see their first launch and a new future passion was created. With the sky […]

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The pleasure (and pain) of a Thai massage

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My face is being pushed into the pillow as I once again debate my choice of paying for this service. The last question occurred with her titanium infused fingers digging into my back or was it her pinching my shoulders. Truth be told, I debated this a great deal. And yet, this was one of […]

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10 Take-aways from my Thai Cooking Class

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I recently attempted to merge further into Thai culture by taking a Thai cooking class on an organic farm. Where I wrote a really long blog post about all of the specific things we did [in excessive detail], here instead is a list of my 10 take-aways from the class. It occurs to me now […]

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I love a parade, Loi Kratong.

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Last week wrapped up the beautiful Loi Kratong festivities here in Chiang Mai. The celebrations transformed the city into a huge outdoor festival that couldn’t be stopped with constant rain nor quieted, as fireworks sounded at all hours (even during the day). The streets were filled with tourists and locals alike taking part in this festival […]

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