Mondays and Thursdays, a cleaning lady and two gardeners come to take care of the house and garden. They will also look after Wan and Dtaem if necessary, for the dogs are young and not used to being alone for longer than 30 minutes. So those are the days Heike is free to leave, and so are we.
Exploring Chiang Mai
Today, the three of us head to Chiang Mai where Heike shows us nice places to shop and eat. We leave the car at a parking place that costs 20 bhat (€0,60) for as long as you like, and walk into the city center.
There is so much to see! We have a drink at a cafe that is located above a shop. It’s a very lovely place, well decorated, and they serve good food and drinks.
Once rehydrated, we go and explore the shops around the Warorot Market.
Thai ice cream seller:
The Tuk Tuk belong to the colourful picture of the city:
There’s a woman selling animals at the market. She has snails (to eat) and mini turtles on sale. And a woven basket with a couple of lovely small pigeons. Apparently, people buy the turtles and pigeons to liberate them on temple grounds. It’s supposed to bring good luck. Heike pays 150 bhat for the pigeons, and we give them back their freedom right there in the middle of Chiang Mai. Let’s hope they aren’t caught and sold a second time.
Liberation of two pigeons in Chiang Mai:
We have come to Thailand with very few clothes and would like to find us some really nice shirts, t-shirts and the like. But there’s no hurry, so we just take in everything without buying (for now anyway).
A street dedicated to fabrics has us practically drooling. One day, we will have a house (probably in France), and we will be wanting to decorate that. Wouldn’t it be marvellous if we could buy fabrics here to make curtains and pillow cases later…
We just stroll around and enjoy everything there is to see, smell and observe. The Thai are incredibly friendly. Nobody gets upset if you do not buy. They’ll just smile in their friendly way and wish you a good day. No stress, no hostility… We should all take their example.
Traffic regulations by pupils:
After a couple of hours, we are hungry, and we eat at the same place where we drank smoothies earlier today. Their food is as delicious as all the Thai food we’ve eaten so far, and at a price that is very affordable to us Europeans. We pay 300 bhat (€ 10) for the three of us.
Fan against flies ;-):
Thai eating habits
The Thai don’t seem to have set hours for eating. They seem to be eating all the time, and there are street vendors lining the streets selling food, even in tiny little villages. It’s quite amazing to us Europeans, with our more or less fixed hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Here in the tropics, we seem to need less food. It’s probably the 30+ temperatures. No need to keep our bodies warm, so that saves a bit of energy, right? Anyway, we’re going to try to get by on 2 meals a day: a late breakfast and an early dinner, with maybe a small snack in between…