Happy Valentines Day!

I’m not sure how Thai people feel about Valentines Day, or if they celebrate it much, but I do know that 7-11 has had a little Valentine’s display up for a few weeks with various cards and candy and hideous plush roses. Although I’m usually not a huge fan […]

Sunday grazing

Sundays, when I don’t have to work and Mike doesn’t have class, are great days to wander around the city. We usually run across things we’ve never seen before, which is always fun. And because of our obsession with things food-related, we often end up grazing on street food all […]

My Walk Home

5:30 PM on a Friday night is when this our street starts to feel really alive.  I love my walk home from work, because I get to see some beautiful aspects of life in this city that I’ve come to love. Food carts start setting up around 4:30 PM, and […]

Soup, Iced Coffee, and Nanobots

I said I would branch out from Phad Thai…and I guess posting that for the world (or my handful of readers) to see made me follow through! In fact, I haven’t had it in at least 48 hours! Last night, I got a call from my boss. “Catherine, we have […]

Beer, Thai Style

I think the liquor license situation is a little more relaxed here than in California. And by a little, I mean I think there’s really no licensing at all, or if there is, it’s not enforced. There’s a little convenience store on our street with a few tables out front, […]

I may have a problem

Phad thai. I can’t stop myself from ordering at least once a day. At 30 baht (less than a dollar) at least it’s a cheap vice. We have a favorite restaurant just a few blocks from our apartment that seems to be the favorite of a huge percentage of […]

Scenes from Chiang Mai

I am having all kinds of weird emotions and thoughts right now. On the one hand, I think it is absolutely awesome that I’m living here, in Chaing Mai. It just sounds so exotic! On the other hand, sometimes I just want some normal good old greasy American food, and […]

Som Tham and a drink in a bag

Restaurants here aren’t like ours. Usually there is a glass case featuring prominent ingredients (which may be vegetables, fried chicken, roasted duck, or cartons of eggs), and a couple huge cooking pans (that look like woks) on burners off to the side. If you’re lucky, there will be a sign […]

The Train and Chiang Mai

The train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes about 14 hours – from 7:35 pm to about 9:30 AM. We went in second class, which means we paid $25 each to sleep in a car lined with bunk beds on each side. The chairs in the picture turn into a […]

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