No alarm clock this morning. We sleep long and good. I do almost 11,5 hours in bed. Heavenly.
We spend the morning on the little terrace where we have coffee and breakfast. We look at the video and pictures we downloaded last night from the Mandirigma camp and enjoy the memories it brings with it.
We make a plan for the days here in Chiang Mai and order plane tickets to our next destination, Phu Quoc. A little island south in Vietnam. We came across this as the next Peaceful Warrior camp will be held here. We’re now booked on a hotel and have a ticket to take us there. A paradise island with azure blue waters and white sandy beaches. A perfect place to celebrate our wedding day.
We’re out of milk and need to resupply. We hadn’t planned going anywhere today, but that’s now changed. We fire up the motorbike and head towards town. We’ve found a place called The Salad Concept online and aim for lunch there. It’s a very popular place with lots of people in it. We get a table and are very happy with the food. Crispy fresh salad and fresh juices.
From there we go to Festival mall. We have plans to get some underwear, a new Gopro camera casing, and maybe go to a movie. No Gopro, no movie that suits us both, not the right shops for underwear, but a Starbucks for a cup of coffee. Not the best mall in town, even though it’s the newest.
From there it’s a short drive to the best pizza in town and dinner. We’re a half hour early as they serve 11-14 and 17-23, the same hours it’s legal to serve alcohol here. A strange custom I have yet to decipher. What so special with the hours between 14-17?
We walked around in the area and looked in small shops and in backstreets. When the pizza arrived I was satisfied, Katja more so-so.
We stopped by Tesco again to resupply cereal, milk, fruit and veggie driving home. We entered into the evening rush hour at this point. A lot of cars and long queues. That’s where the motorbike is handy. Inside, in between, outside, under and over if possible – anything goes to get to the head of the line on red lights. We go with the flow and even though Katja sometimes makes a whimpering noise to indicate she fears for her knees we’ve done good so far.
Half way home I have to take off the sunglasses. It’s getting a bit too dark to see clearly with them on. This means the sun is down and the bugs are coming out to play. Driving without glasses is a pain in the butt, but has to be done. We stop a couple of times in the last part to take out stuff from our eyes.
We arrive safely at the hotel and make them fix the hot water. A delicious shower later we relax on the bed and let the evening begin. Fruit, water and a tv show, all whilst laying on top of the bed covers. A nice ending of a great day.
“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
– Henry Van Dyke