Earlier today while stuck in a whirlpool 1000 spreadsheets and 100 postcards, we got a knock on the door. The knock was a good thing in that it meant I probably hadn’t imagined a previous knock shortly after alighting from the shower when Andy was in Bangkok picking up our Russian visas. Sanity is precious, [...]
Short answer? A lot more than local groceries.
Loaf of French bread, ฿20; Bottle of red wine, ฿295; 500 g of organic olive oil, ฿199; 150 g roasted and salted almonds, Jar of Thai black pepper, ฿35; 4 pack of [...]
Short answer? It depends.
I write about food and the cost of living in Chiang Mai quite often on this site, so I thought it would be relevant to outline the cost of groceries in the city. Like anywhere else, grocery prices vary depending on the quality and the vendor. Here, that dichotomy is especially [...]
The last few days have been total busts because of the terrible air quality in Chiang Mai. Saturday was all prepped and primed to be a day full of motorbike exploring and of observing artisans craft umbrellas and parasols in the most ancient of methods. We saddled up on the bike and found [...]
I started writing about how we measure development, as in developing countries versus developed countries, but I’m too distracted by the environment. Instead, here are some images captured with my iPhone from the back of a motorbike:
Rain will clear the smoke, but it’s not expected [...]
On our last day off, Andy and I set our alarms for the egregious and inhumane time of 8:45 am and scooted out of Chiang Mai city until we hit the San Kamphaeng hot springs about an hour later. We passed all sorts of agricultural fields of dreams, mostly rice paddies, but some miscellaneous [...]
Act 1: Hot Time in the Old Town
The pollution still hangs thick in the air in Chiang Mai, but I’ve learned a little bit more about what’s causing it. In Northern Thailand, there is a strong tradition of burning trash, fields, forests, really anything that can burn, and the locals are going NUTS with [...]
Today at 4 pm. It is not at all humid or wet. This is not a rain cloud.
Today I have to spend the day inside.
I have to spend the day inside, though breezes court my skin and dark clouds protect the street from sun.
Today the grey sky sits in my [...]
The (temporary) retired life of a young expat in Chiang Mai brims with opportunities to participate in hobbies and activities that engage one’s hands and mind in creative and culinary pursuits. Not since my days as a school girl have I been so inclined to delight in colored pens and seriously consider the finer points [...]
Remember when I had a fit about packing and went so far as to document everything I put into my backpack divided by category? Well…the results of that experiment in packing lightly are in, and as I have plenty of data to analyze as I’ve been dressing in the [...]
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