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Take a moment in the morning before you wake them to lie awake, with your eyes closed, in a bed, in a room, with someone that fills your heart with glee.

02:56 pm, by katesisk

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep –

To get to this temple, you must drive up a winding mountain road. The location is so peaceful- you are literally in a cloud!

The legend says that the King put a Buddha relic on a white elephant’s back.  The elephant went to this spot on the mountain and died.  This was interpreted as a sign to build the temple there.

02:13 am, by katesisk7 notes

Temples of Chiang Mai

Visiting temples is pretty much what you do here in Chiang Mai!  Two of the first and most interesting I saw were Wat Umong and Wat Chedi Luang.

Wat Chedi Luang - Right in the middle of Chiang Mai is the temple and even more impressive, the chedi.  A Chedi, also known as a stupa, is often used in Buddhism to hold ashes and Buddha relics.  Chedi Luang was built to hold the ashes of the 14th century king of Thailand.

Wat Umong - Surrounded by acres of woods, this 700 year old temple is comprised of tunnels to explore.


09:46 am, by katesisk5 notes

The Grand Palace

Inside its walls, there is not actually one palace, but many buildings, courtyards, gardens and structures.  Additions from kings over the past 200 years make it a pleasure to explore the different styles and the intricate, colorful, and beautiful details the palace is known for.

Also inside the palace walls is the Queen’s textile museum.  My favorite was the gold embroidered jumpsuit by Pierre Balmain and the hallway draped with colorful panels and hanging flowers.

12:27 am, by katesisk12 notes



This was the view from the window in the OEG office where I had orientation yesterday.  Amazing.
And the orientation was amazing!  I feel better with a few contacts to help me and some lessons in Thai language, culture, home life, and travel in the country.  I’ll be making some exciting trips around Thailand this month! :)

This was the view from the window in the OEG office where I had orientation yesterday.  Amazing.

And the orientation was amazing!  I feel better with a few contacts to help me and some lessons in Thai language, culture, home life, and travel in the country.  I’ll be making some exciting trips around Thailand this month! :)

06:12 pm, by katesisk

Wat Pho

Temple of the Reclining Buddha -

Origin of traditional Thai massage and home of a 160 ft long golden Buddha. 

It was fascinating to walk around the Wat and see all the beautiful details of its architecture.

08:15 am, by katesisk1 note

Thai Tuk-Tuks & Taxis

After a day of sightseeing, I’ve learned many Bangkok natives on the street want to help you see their city… but they want your help (and money) too. When they see tourists, they constantly offer advice when really, they are trying to pick you up in their tuk-tuk. 

  • The most annoying/strange thing that happens (and yes it happened to me), is they will take you to a “Thai Factory,” which is basically a jewelry shop selling gold and gemstones.  Apparently, the taxi driver will get free gas from the government (but maybe just the actual jewel shop) if you take a look around for ten minutes, ask a few questions, pretend like you’re interested.  The shop was full of farangs- white people in Thai.  I asked a British couple if their taxi driver took them there too and they said yes and we had a laugh about it, but it’s annoying that you can’t even trust taxi drivers here.
  • Taxi drivers also try to overcharge.  If you want to take a taxi, they won’t use the meter and will quote a very high price to see if you fall for it, even at the airport tourist desks.  And sometimes, you get in a cab and they just refuse to drive you somewhere if it is too far!

I’ve learned you have to a do a lot of bargaining every day in Bangkok. And telling people to go away, politely of course.

The tuk-tuk driver I had did take me to a “Thai factory,” but also to this beautiful Wat, mainly used for locals and monks.

So that is my rant about tourist traps and transportation in Bangkok.

07:49 am, by katesisk

Bangkok

I’ve arrived! Bangkok is a little overwhelming for a solo traveler, but it feels great to finally be here at the place I’ve been wanting to see for years!!

I spent my first jet-lagged day at the Chatuchak Weekend Market. They have everything there: food, clothes, flowers, antiques, arts & crafts- even dogs, cats and other pets.

 

 

I really liked one stall- it was full of treasures from Afghanistan such as textiles and jewelry.  The Thai ladies running it were so sweet!  

After the market, I was in bed by 5pm. I’m going to be getting used to this 12 hour time difference! 

05:23 pm, by katesisk

One day, you’re 17 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.


Banff

We took the Banff Gondola to the Sulphur Mountain Summit and the top of the Rocky Mountains!

It was quite a nice way to spend the last night in Alberta. :)

08:32 pm, by katesisk