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To all a good night....

sunny 28 °C

Merry Christmas from Thailand! We are packing our days full of adventure as there is so much to do here and we really don't have that much time. Last night, after we wrote, we headed out to find some food and to check out the night market here in Chiang Mai. The streets are full of bars, restaurants and street vendors that kept us entertained for hours. Natalie made a few discoveries, the first was an amazing artist that she just couldn't say no to (looks as if we will be making another shipment from Thailand!) and the second was a group of "girls" that were excited to make sure we got to see their show. The show was definitely worth the price (free) price of admission and we have plenty of photos from that one.

We didn't get home until late last night and the alarm went off very early this morning so that we could get to our cooking course today. We were picked up this morning before nine and went with a small group to the local market to pick up some supplies we would be needing for lunch. We also checked out all of the food stalls that smelled amazing...except maybe the critter stall that was serving deep-fried roaches, crickets and worms, we passed on that one. Back on the road, we headed out of Chiang Mai almost an hour to a farm that hosted the course. We walked through the farm to see the veggies and herbs they were growing and using for our meals. It was a tiring full day of five courses, soup, curry, rice, pad thai and stir fry, we even made different types of each dish, so we had quite a buffet to share between the two of us. It was a little less organized than our course in Vietnam, but very interesting none the less.

Tonight we checked out one of the local muay thai gym's as they were hosting a big fight night. There are a couple gyms here in town and they all seem to host regular events, both to give their athletes a chance to compete as well as raise some money to fund their training. The big fights were supposed to be two matches including a couple of french guys that have been training here, but the real show was the other fights, starting with the four year old kids that started off the night. There was also a five round title fight with two local girls that was great and the last fight of the night was two local guys going the distance. A few Tiger beers and bowls of noodle soup made the night complete. We got out around midnight, grabbed some massages (as we are still feeling the effects of elephant riding) and called it a day.

For our friends on eastern standard time (or there a bouts,) we are twelve hours ahead of you now, so while you wait for Santa Claus we are already on to Christmas Day. All the best to everyone, we are thinking of you...

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Posted by colincampbell 12:11 Archived in Thailand

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