Beth and Paige’s arrival day started very relaxed. Randy brought the masseuse that usually comes out to his house for Laura and I, so we got to enjoy another Thai massage! This one wasn’t as dramatic as the last one, just very relaxing, so I was kind of relieved. The best part about it is that it cost only 150 baht which is about 5 USD. Paying $70 for a massage in the US is going to be really hard to swallow when we get back.
After lots of drama and fanfare, Beth and Paige have finally arrived in Chiang Mai!! Not only was their first flight to Minneapolis delayed causing them to miss their flight in Chicago, but the Emirates attendant also did not book them a new final flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Therefore, they had to run to the check-in counter, figure out which flight they were on, run back to the Emirates counter to check-in and then to passport control, security, and then to their gate- in 20 minutes!! Needless to say, they were very happy when they finally arrived in Chiang Mai! It was not a stress free trip.
Randy, Laura, and I picked the girls up at the airport and then took them out to lunch at the same place I went just off the plane. It is called Mr. Chan and Miss Pauline’s; They look Thai but are actually Swedish, so Beth and Paige’s first Thai meal was actually Scandinavian! They also have Scandinanvian portion sizes! The calzone I got was about the size of my head!! We never complain when we get to have furlong food!
We then got to show the girls a round the house and the farm! It was fun to share what I know about Thailand and Randy’s family, like Laura did for me when I first got here. I was surprised about how much I could share! It has only been about a 7 days, but I have really absorbed a lot! What is so crazy is that we really only have a few full days left here with Randy and his family. We leave tomorrow for Phuket and will spend the next few weeks in Southern Thailand and Cambodia and then will spend a few days when we come back in Northern Thailand. That only leaves us with 2 full days left here! Where has the time gone?!
The girls actually got two American meals tonight! I got to help Randy prepare a “Spagetti and Meatballs” dinner to welcome the girls. Randy is definitely the type of man that would give anyone the shirt off of his back. Since we have arrived, he has made sure that we are having the best experience possible, and we will always be thankful to him for that. They only way he has asked to repay him is in hugs and with a small donation to a local elderly woman. He has taught us so much with his stories and is truly fun to be around. All I can say is that he is just a great guy and because of that our experience here has been priceless.
Much like me when I arrived, the girls were very very tired. However, they needed to try to stay up until at least 7 to get onto the sleeping schedule here and get over their jet lag. We tried to watch a movie, but they didn’t make it too far. They almost made it to 7 🙂
Tomorrow morning we will be heading to the airport for our flight to Phuket! Phuket is on the southern peninsula of Thailand. You could almost compare it to Florida in the US. We will be there for a night and then will be heading to the Phi Phi islands for a few nights. After the Phi Phi Islands comes Krabi, Bangkok, and Cambodia, so we will not be back here for a while. We are so excited to get to the ocean! Just google Phuket or the Phi Phi Islands and you will understand why. It will be different not having all of our meals cooked for us and our own personal drivers, but I think we will get along just fine! If part two of our adventure is any bit as fun as part one, I will be a very happy girl.
**Random side note: I just wanted to put this in before I forget about it**
All of the “busses” here are actually pick-up trucks! They literally put a few benches in the back and a cab over the bed of the truck and call it good. They are everywhere, almost like taxis in New York City. The truck model is also used for school busses as well as ambulances. The only difference with ambulances is that the cab closes in the back. All I can say is that I am glad that the bus I take to school everyday is not this!