Monday, April 4, 2011

Local bus

Hello from sunny Thailand! After 30 hours of traveling and a good sleep, yesterday we spent our first full day in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

I'm delighted to say that Thailand is a gem. Yesterday was a full day that started with a Thai massage. If you've never had a Thai massage beware, it is a workout. The 70- pound woman that was my masseuse had about 400-pounds of pure power.

After massages we headed to a Thai tailor with a pretty long list of items we wanted recreated. The fabrics were rich and the tailor ambitious. Please keep your fingers crossed for us, we have second fittings this afternoon.

The evening hours brought us to cooking school at Nancy's house or Siam Rice Thai Cookery School. We spent five hours learning how to make curries and other authentic Thai dishes. Taught at their home, Nancy and her family make you feel like a part of their clan. They also make you consume everything you cook, so you leave stuffed. I learned a lot about food, but my biggest take-away was that Thai men pick their wives based on the quality of their curry paste. Ha-ha!

More detail and photos to follow. Sa-wa-dee-kah for now.

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