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Jul 27, 2017 - Chiang Mai...last chapter

It's nearing the end of our time in Chiang Mai. We got some city time in a couple days ago. Went for a long run in the eastern part of the city where Josh used to live! Then had lunch, visited Wat Phra Singh (the most well known temple inside the Wall), and went to a Khantoke dance performance. We had a Northern Thai dinner seated on the floor while watching traditional Thai dances on stage. Yesterday we took a group tour out to Doi Inthanon National Park. We saw two very impressive waterfalls, walked around the top of the mountain, which...

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Jul 25, 2017 - Chiang Mai...Part 2

Our last three days in Chiang Mai have been very exciting. We took a trek through downtown to change hotels and what a neat city this is...so much character! The next day we visited Elephant Nature Park, one of many rescue camps for elephants where they are freed from their lives of abuse, rehabilitated, and given a chance to live an existence closer to how they would live in the wild. We fed them, watched them bathe and play, and walked among them. Then at night, we visited the Night Bazaar...ate awesome street food, watched Thai dancers,...

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Jul 22, 2017 - Chiang Mai...it's only the beginning

The first few days in Chiang Mai have been wonderful. We went for a run around the Old City which is still surrounded by a moat and the remnants of an ancient wall that was built in the early 1300's. The next day we hiked part way up Doi Suthep mountain on a trail called the Monk's Trail to the temple Wat Pha Lat, which is tucked away in very lush jungle. The trail gets it's namesake from the markers along the way, which are pieces of monk's robes tied to the trees, and from the people that regularly traverse it...yep, you guessed it,...

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Jul 2, 2017 - Day of Rest and Railway

We started our day with a trip to 7-11 to pick up breakfast food. Then headed to All Saint's Church. Ms. Karen's son Jacob gave the sermon. After the service, we went to a little place called Bake n Bite for lunch. The food was very good. We then hung around the MCC guest house until it was time to head to the railway station. The station was not very big and it was easy to find our way. When we got into our car everything was set up in sets of two seats facing each other. I was able to look out and see all kinds of great stuff...

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Jul 1, 2017 - Trip to Tesco Lotus

Here is a quick update on what happened after my post on Saturday. We went to the Tesco/Lotus again. I'm not sure if I told you before how there all kinds of shops on the ground floor and that the main store is upstairs. Well, we went to The Pizza Company for some really great pizza. It was started by some former employees of Pizza Hut Thailand. They had good ideas about how to take what Thai's liked about Pizza Hut pizza and make it better by adding some Thai inspired twists. Lily let me try out her bib. After that, we went upstairs to...

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Jul 1, 2017 - Brunch Then Up to the Cave Temple

Today we got up and went into the old city and had breakfast at The Coffee Club. The food was very tasty. We stopped by a store called The Elephant Parade. It had big elephants outside similar to the Swans in Lakeland. Inside the store was replicas of all the elephants that were made and can be found around Chiang Mia. After that, we took a trip up into the mountains. The road twisted back and forth. The scenery was very pretty though. I also spent some time playing with Lily in the car. She sang me Teddy Bear songs. ...

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Jun 30, 2017 - Learning About the Local Culture and Sustainable Farming

Today we started out by going to see an exhibit about one of the local people groups called the Lanna. They live here in Northern Thailand. There was a large exhibit at the Chiang Main International Convention Center and Expo Hall. There were lots of different sections. We started with the Coffee and Tea Expo. We also got to watch people making local crafts and saw a lot of clothes and jewelry. After that, we met up with people that Ms. Karen son and daughter-in-law work with at the MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) Asian office here in...

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Jun 29, 2017 - Quiet Day for A Bear

I didn't do so much today. It was a lazy and quiet day for a bear. I started the day with a trip to McDonald's for breakfast. This Thai Ronald greets people at all the McDonald's. His pose is a greeting to say welcome. And to thank you for coming. After that, we went shopping at Big C and Tesco Lotus. Both of these stores are like Wal-Mart but the story is upstairs and there are special escalators for the shopping carts to stick to so you can go downstairs. The first or ground floor is filled with shops and restaurants. Then it was...

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Jun 28, 2017 - Journey Into the Mountains

Today was very different because we drove a lot more and only visited a couple of places but I had a great time. The day started out with a walk to the local market. This is a large open air space filled with stalls of all kinds of foods both raw and cooked. You go from vendor to vendor making your choices and then you walk home to eat your breakfast. The most common breakfast items are meat on a stick and sticky rice. They also had doughnuts but they are a little bit different. Many Thai's do very little cooking at home for many...

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Jun 27, 2017 - A Wat and Cultural Walking Tour

Today we focused on visiting some of the more famous Wats. Wats is a name for the Buddist Temple or church. And some museums to learn more about the historical culture of the Chiang Mai area. First, we had some breakfast. But before we started our day we dropped of Lily at Daycare. It is a bilingual school for children 1. 5 through 3 years old. They also have a Kindergarten for children 3-6 that is taught only in English. We got to tour the school. They actually have their own pool for water day for those 3 and up. The smaller...

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Jun 26, 2017 - We Have Arrived

After a short flight, we arrived in Chiang Mai. It is near the mountains in northern Thailand. The weather here is very much like the weather in Florida. It is very hot and there are rain storms. Luckily it didn't rain while we were walking. We ate at a restaurant called the Retro Steak Cafe. Like many restaurants Thailand, this one has a very small indoor seating area and then a larger outdoor area that is covered and usually has fans. It started to rain while we were there. It started raining very hard so they had to pull the plastic...

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Jun 7, 2017 - Chiang Mai Thailand Part 1

We can see the changes of the wonderful city each time we visit The have spent the past few days back in Chiang Mai, a city that is both familar to us and very busy. The sights sounds and the people don't change, what is changing is the ever increasing amount of young Chinese tourists, there is no doubt that this city is on their hot spot list. These few days we have spent time catching up with aquaintences and exploring parts of the city we have not yet seen despite our many visits and of course a foot massage or 3 (we are pacing...

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