Finally in Chang Mai! So my over night bus did drive though the night and it did arrive in Chang Mai in the morning, as I was told it would. However, no one told me it would arrive at 4 in the morning and then kick me off! I had just looked up to see why we had stopped and why they had turned the music and the lights on, decided it was just another stop along the way, and returned the sleeping mask over my eyes to curl up for a bit more sleep when the attendant came to wake me up. "Chang Mai!" he said while nodding. Blearily I gathered my things and wandered into the station to gather myself and decide what to do next. I contacted the guest house where I wanted to stay and thankfully someone was awake to answer my call (I honestly wonder how innkeepers get any sleep). I manaaged to get there by handing the phone to a tuk tuk driver because I couldn't understand the street name and address to save my life. Thank goodness I had purchased a Thai SIM card earlier on in Bangkok otherwise I would have been completely out of luck. After arriving at the guest house, a lovely quiet place with lots of plants, winding walkways, a reading room and a communal kitchen, I threw off my travel clothes, unpacked and then completely crashed out until 1pm today. I woke up to wander around and grab some food but soon was back due to the heat and a travel weary head. I slept again for another 3 hours, which wasn't the best move because now my sleep rhythm is really off and I am competely confused as to what time it is supposed to be. Yay jet lag!
I awoke to head out again, this time to find the open air market just down the street from the guest house. The open air market was wonderful! So many people, crafts, art and food vendors. Also some street musicians and one young girl dancing in the traditional thai dance style and costume.
I want to write more but I have splitting head ache from caffeine withdrawl and I can barely think straight. Hopefully this headache will make it easier to go to sleep for a few hours before class tomorrow. The school is sending a taxi to come pick me up at 8 AM so I should get to bed soon. Excited to start learning Thai massage and to meet more people! Traveling alone can be ronery.
A fiery fairy who has set off to explore Asia and discover new things about the world and herself. The journey is one to fully realize her strength and an unwaivering faith in her personal power.