Day One, Dec 28th 7:30pm- Today was my first day out in Bangkok. It was so cool. The buildings are so tall and the city is so big! It is truly amazing. It does smell though. I woke up to the sound of birds I think, but at first I thought it was people talking. I then went to breakfast and it was so yummy and the view was amazing. I am just trying taking everything in. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It kind of reminds me of Mexico because it is dirty and very compact. The cities back home are compact but they are clean so they seem bigger. After breakfast we walked around for awhile and then had lecture. After lecture we went to the mall and took the bus, but it was basically a light rail. The mall had 7 floors and all the stores were very close and small. They packed so much into their stores that it made is seem tiny. At home I think it would be a fire code. After the mall we went to the train station for an overnight ride to Chang Mai. The train is as well very compact. It was weird we didn’t have a ticket or anything just we got right on and no one checked anything. This city is so amazing. Can’t wait to experience more!
Day two, Dec 29th 7am- I’m on the train and have no idea where I am but I woke up to a jungle. It so awesome! I didn’t expect this! It reminds me of Hawaii so, beautiful even though it really doesn’t smell all that great right now. I can see villages, huts, and dirt roads. This area that I’m passing through must be poor. I’m not sure if they are hills or mountains but they are beautiful. The train ride is an experience. I’ve never been on a train before. Sleeping was okay but I woke up a few times thinking I was going fallout because it was moving from side to side. In the middle of the night I had to use the bathroom and that wasn’t fun; there was no light. I’ve also been really hungry since I’ve only really had a real meal since breakfast yesterday. I also woke up at about 5 in the morning and looked out the window. I saw this area almost like a park that had dinosaurs in it. The town/city we were going through also had decorations for New Years. This country from what I can see celebrates a lot for this holiday they take 5 days off for it and everywhere in Bangkok was decorated for it! Along with a lot of Christmas trees which I didn’t know they celebrated or maybe they don’t.
9pm– After we got off the train we went to the hotel and were able to freshen up and get something to eat. There was something right across the street. I got chicken and sticky rice. Some student got what they thought were chicken skewers. They were really chicken guts. It was kind of funny! After lunch we went to learn how tradition Thai massage is done. It was very interesting but I was so tired because I was still jet legged. When we got back from the lecture we went to the Sundaymarket. It was very cool and everything was so cheap. They had a performance going on which was interesting to watch. I brought a few items and I’m just hoping they all fit in my suitcase! For dinner I got spring rolls and rice. It was excellent. They only thing I didn’t like about the market was that it was packed and so hard to get around but they had some really cool things there! The time here is going by so fast and I’m enjoying every second of it. I love the “Thai time”. How it is laid back and not “go go go”. I really should think of that more when I go back home, just relax and be in the present time. There is so much that I want to do and explore! Chang Mai is a very cool city. I love how authentic it is. I can’t wait to experience more!