Chiang Mai, Brace Yourself…Here I Come

The World Is A Book, Those Who Do Not Travel, Read Only A Page

The World Is A Book, Those Who Do Not Travel, Read Only A Page

Clickety-creak, clickety-groan….

Waking up to the noises of a train and the sounds of an asian language around me, I thought I was waking up in India.  It took a few minutes for the cobwebs and stiffness in the neck to clear, but then the highlands and jungle of Thailand soon transported me back to where I was supposed to be.

The morning was beautiful and nearly everyone on the train was still asleep. I wandered back to the dining car and ordered a cup of coffee. I went between the cars, opened one of the side doors, sat down with my feet dangling off the moving train; the sun on my face reflecting off the rice paddies, looking out into Thailand. I pour a bottle of water over my head (a ‘train shower’) and enjoy, quite possibly, one of the most relaxing cups of coffee ever. Continue reading

Bangkok By Foot – Thailand By Train

Bangkok Skyline From The Golden Mount

Bangkok Skyline From The Golden Mount

Day 3 in Thailand has me:  shaking my head at the events of yesterday, physically sore from (clearly) doing Vipassana Meditation incorrectly, excited to see what the day holds in store for me.

Golden Mount At Night

Golden Mount At Night

I want to walk the city and see as much as I can by chance and from the perspective of the pavement and under my own power.  But first, I have to go to the train station and see about a ticket to Chiang Mai for tonight or tomorrow.   Continue reading