DAY 1Aug 26 2017
My last day in Delhi the trial results of a political cult leader came out unfavorable (ie. he was found unquestionably guilty for crimes he actually committed) and the whole city shut down. Cell service suspended, power lines cut, power grids set on fire, curfew enforced, and the city limits closed. It was horrible to watch on the news, and the streets of the city were completely gridlock, but fortunately, even though I finally arrived at the counter AFTER flight time expecting to have to book a new ticket, they were holding the plane because of the situation and I was able to fly out of there.
DAY 2Aug 27 2017
Chiang Mai is everything. The people, the apartment, the city, the food, the (lack of) energy. Having been here already I am most looking forward to not doing anything. Not feeling rushed to visit every site, not feeling the need to be on side trips every weekend.
The apartments are also INCREDIBLE. We ALL have our own studio/one bedroom in the a three building condo complex. We are the first inhabitants in our apartments so everything is brand new, key cars accessible, and security guarded. We have a gym, a pool, laundry, the works. After a few months of roommates there’s nothing like coming home, stripping down to underwear, and watching TV on the couch under the AC.
The workspace is a bit meh, but the WiFi in the apartments is blazing and there are a million cafes downstairs with food like the following. Do you blame me for not going to the workspace?
DAY 3Aug 28 2017
Daniel’s birthday fell right after transition day, and he requested that we spend the day playing with elephants, so 20 Kaizens hopped on some red trucks down to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary to do just that.
DAY 5Aug 30 2017
Even though this month I’m trying not to do any side trips, I made an exception for a week in the islands on the condition that I not have to plan any of it. What ensued was a week of hellish work hours, crazy nightlife, beautiful beaches, a second and more successful attempt at a ping pong show, scooter adventures, and some incredible AirBnBs.
DAY 10Sep 04 2017
....culminating in the main attraction, the Full Moon and Jungle festivals on Koh Phangnan.
Ko Pha Ngan
Both the Jungle Party and the Full Moon Party did not disappoint. 20 Kaizens (plus a few #homefriends) descended upon the beach party, just as the rain descended upon us. We spent the first hour painting each other under cover of the mushroom shack, and the next several hours running up and down the beach, until the most stunning sunset signaled it might be time for bed.
Ko Pha Ngan
DAY 16Sep 10 2017
One of my goals for the month was to visit the sticky falls again and climb it without hesitation, since last time around I did it wobbling post broken leg. Even though my shoulder is still banged up I was able to get up without any help and felt pretty damn proud.
DAY 17Sep 11 2017
The best way to see all of Asia is on the back of a motorbike, but I didn’t have the confidence to do it until Chiang Mai where the roads are more familiar and manageable, and the weather slightly more predictable.
Just kidding, I actually only rode it up and down the street for maybe five minutes of the week we rented it, and didn’t quite grasp the fundamentals of turning or stopping. HOWEVER, I learned to be a great passenger / backseat navigator, and we spent the week temple hopping all of Chiang Mai’s temples, both in town and out of town.
DAY 21Sep 15 2017
Even though I think Bangkok is the worst place on earth (it is) I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to fly down (for $25) to see the Chainsmokers rock the Impact Hall. Asian concerts are absurd and I remember roughly 20% of the evening :)
After our proverbial “one night in Bangkok” we spent the next two largely recovering, and also checking out the floating markets which has been on my bucket list for a while.
DAY 29Sep 23 2017
How many temples, waterfalls, viewpoints, and villages can you get to in a month? A lot more of you do all four in one day!
DAY 35Sep 29 2017
Crazy to be hitting the six month, halfway point. Chiang Mai roundup:
Average breakfast: Açaí bowls, banana chocolate protein smoothies, Jimmy coffee, avocado toast
Lunch: Street noodles
Dinner: Noodles or curry and rice
Drink of choice: Hong Thong and coke in a bucket
Most money spent on: Our week long Thaislands adventure which had a few missed flights and ferries requiring last minute rebooking.
Apartment highlights: The entire apartment was a highlight. Used the pool almost every day, loved living in the same building as all the other remotes but having my own private space to retreat to.
Workspace highlights: No idea, only went once on the last day to print stuff. Printer was almost out of ink.
On the locals: So friendly. I thought the Vietnamese were friendly but the Thai people are incredible.
Three words: “Can you prop?” (our apartment keys only allowed us to our own floor on the elevator so to visit each other we had to prop the fire escape open with a shoe)
Packing adjustments: Picked up a few more Elephant shirts and pants and dumped a few of the lighter dresses. Took back my winter jacket in preparation for Japan. Bought a new laptop sleeve and neck pillow.
General feeling: This month was a whirlwind of emotions and I’m just starting to get my feet back under me.
Top five meals:
5. Green curry served in coconut - Hot Chili
4. Takeout pizza - Unknown place in Bangkok
3. Street pad thai - everywhere
2. Beer cheddar soup - Rustic and Blue
1. Coconut lemongrass soup - everywhere