Even though I’m already back in the US, I realized this blog can be used for all of my travels! Including the last one I never wrote – Thailand!

My friend Kristin joined us in Bangkok. We spent a couple days there where we went shopping, went to the Grand Palace and some temples. One of the highlights was a restaurant called Cabbages and Condoms where the food is amazing, the grounds are lush and beautiful, and the money goes to support safer sex in Thailand.

After a couple days, Kristin and I left Jacob alone and headed to Koh Samet for a night. Koh Samet was beautiful and warm and a nice break for me from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and then Bangkok. We swam, sat on the beach, read, and ate. Ahhh.

We went back to Bangkok and got on the night train to Chiangmai.

We knew a couple folks from our Burning Man camp who were  living in Chiangmai, Robin and Daniel. They were teaching there for 2 years, so they knew the area really well and took us to some cool places we might not have found on our own.

One of the places we all went was the Friends of the Asian Elephant Elephant hospital. Apparently there is another elephant hospital which is more well known but does less for the long term benefit of the elephants in Thailand.

With Kristin, we went all around the temples, restaurants, and major attractions of Chiangmai until she left (a total of 10 days in Thailand). Once she left, Jacob and I rented a motorbike and went to Doi Suthep, a temple I’d visited on my last visit to Thailand. It’s a giant, gold temple about 30 minutes out of Chiangmai.

Interestingly enough, we both barely got sick at all during the entire 7 months of traveling. That was apparently enough luck, so we both got the flu. Mine was bad enough that I was stuck in our room for almost a whole week eating white rice and drinking Emergen-C.

Once I got better, we spent a bunch of time with Robin and Daniel doing things like going to the movies (they stand and sing the national anthem before each movie), going to the mall, walking around night markets, and eating at the amazing food market in the old town.

I also learned how to rock climb!

This is where our trip ends. Jacob and I broke up and we both came home separately.

From here on out, this blog will be about MY travels.

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