THIS WEEK WAS CRAY CRAY (in the best way possible of course)
So boring stuff first. I taught class, like always. Lily was gone 3 days this week, so that was hard. But I found a new best friend named UA. He is in PreK so he is really young. He is so funny. We made a secret handshake this week, and he asked to be my best friend, so things are really going well. Teaching is getting easier, but it's still really hard. I am getting better at it, and that's what makes it easier(simple science really). I broke down and got McDonalds this week, it was amazing. In fact, it was everything I had hoped for. Life in this little town of Phitsanulok ain't so bad folks.
THIS WEEKEND WAS CHIANG MAI. As we boarded our bus for our 5 hour bus ride I was overwhelmed with excitement. I literally felt like a struggling artist who had left her small town to work at a dive bar in New York where she was destined to be famous. As I looked out the window, I played some girly girl power songs and pretended I was in a music video/lifetime movie. HAHA. GUYS, I was so damn excited for Chiang Mai, and to be quite frank, it lived up to my expectations. After a 5 hour bus ride there and a 5 hour bus ride I had decided we only had about 36 hour of adventure time. I was ready to use every single second of that time.
We got to our hostel at about 12:30 am on Saturday morning. It was so nice to finally be able to sleep, and besides the part where we got put into separate rooms, things went extremely smooth. I was awaken by a drunk man screaming, and playing scat music at about 3am, but I couldn't be that mad, because mostly I was jealous of what a good time he was having. At 7am Saturday morning our driver was in the lobby and we were more than ready, because we were going to ride elephants, and OMG we were excited. I already had my elephant encounter in Bali, so I wasn't expecting anything super special, but I was blown away. This place was amazing. We went to Thai Elephant Home (WHICH I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, LINK AT BOTTOM). They are so kind to their elephants, and they're so kind in general. We each got our own elephant, got to ride bareback, and the ride was over an hour long! So we rode them 30 minutes down to a river and then got to bathe them! It was so unreal. They were spraying water at us, picking us up with their trunks, and kissing us. It was just a magical moment(as cheesy as that sounds). While we were there I met this awesome guy named Tee. He is an american(like the first I have seen in 3 weeks) from southern california. He was such a neat guy. He was a special needs teacher in America and then basically decided that he wanted to change the world. He moved to Africa and worked in the Peace Corps for 20 years! He lived in Kenya, and Ghana, and a million other places I can't pronounce. He did so many amazing things (I wish I could remember everything) but it all had to do with education and health. He taught women how to breastfeed, taught them healthy diets, ect. Then he decided to move to Thailand and has now lived here 7 years! He has two pet elephants that he lets others ride, and just lives and works at the Thai Elephant Home. He was so inspiring, and amazing to meet. He is so intelligent, and filled that conversational aspect I've been missing here in Thailand. I loved Tee. Also I rode an elephant. After the elephants we went and visited a few temples, including Wat Chedi Luang. Temples aren't my favorite (call me uncultured) but it was just eh for me.
BUT THEN, we went to one of those fish spa things. Where like a million tiny fish eat off all of your dead skin? Yeah those things, normal. IT WAS WILD. It felt like....fish were eating off my dead skin. HAHA jk it felt like a million tiny vibrations...it was just weird. Idk man, I just did it.
So, if you know me...you know that I have ALWAYS wanted a bamboo tattoo. Well folks, I did it. I walked in to a highly reviewed tattoo parlor and I GOT A BAMBOO TATTOO. It was insane. Like I just did it. It took like 30 minutes, and definitely hurt less than a machine tattoo. It was such a cool experience. I got a traditional Sak Yant tattoo. They are tattoos given by monks(not mine cause that felt weird considering monks aren't allowed to touch girls). They are traditionally 5 lines, and each line protects you from something or gives you blessings. Well since I didn't really need a line to protect me from black magic or bad horoscopes...I just chose the one line that I liked. The line that I received is known for energizing your good luck, success, and fortune in your future ambitions and lifestyle, and also to gain charisma and attraction to the opposite sex ha. I thought it was perfect, so it's on me forever. It's super bruised right now, so I will upload a photo next week.
Then we went to the night market which was HUGE. Like overwhelmingly huge. I bought way too many souvenirs and rotee's(the best dessert ever) but I loved every second of it. I love night markets though, so much. I love the excitement. There is so much going on, so much to see and explore.
We finally decided to go to bed at about midnight and man was it the best sleep of my life.
The next day we woke up, got breakfast, and then hugged some tigers.
Oh wait? you don't hug tigers normally? OK, I will go into more depth. So sorry.
YEAH, I literally hugged a tiger. Like I don't know what I expected, but I definitely didn't expect to be walked into a cage with an unchained, undrugged tiger with just me and a photographer. It was basically like a photoshoot with a tiger. I don't get scared very easily but I was pretty scared. Like he kept growling and walking around and they just kept telling me not to get close to his head..,like that's the only direction I had. They said, "Pet hard" and "don't go near his head". It was pretty rad though. It's been like my life dream since forever to pet a tiger. So not only did I get to pet, hug, and hold a tigers tail...but I got to have a photoshoot with one. After casually petting the tigers we went to some really cool waterfalls. I don't have a lot to say about the waterfalls other than they were pretty DUH.
Finally we made it to the bus station, and rode 5 more hours and made it home safe and sound. Such a good weekend. Such a good vacation.
So in 36 hours I...
Rode an Elephant
Bathed and Elephant
Fed an Elephant
Got my dead skin eaten off by fish
Visited a temple built in the 14th century
Got a bamboo tattoo
Tried 3 different street foods
Bought the coolest souvenirs
Pet a tiger
Held a tigers tail
Hugged a tiger
Visited a national park
and played in a waterfall
What can you do in 36 hours? #36hourchallenge
Elephant riding : http://www.thaielephanthome.com/ Booked through BonVoyage Thailand. COST:$70 Included: Pick up and drop off in wifi enabled van, Coffee and tea, 30 minute elephant ride(bareback, solo), bathing elephants, feeding elephants, another 30 minute elephant ride, fresh fruit and water upon return, a photo CD disk with photos they take of you. *they will also take your camera and take pictures of you.