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Val and Jaime in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Scenes from Chiang Mai: Part 3

Hostel life in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Jaime, who I met online a year before we both left to travel, who I first met in real life in Brussels, who I threw tomatoes at at La Tomatina in Spain, who I traveled with for three months through India, finally found his way to Thailand.

Val and Jaime around the world

We only were able to meet up for two nights, but we went to the lake and we had a slumber party with Jenny. But it was great to see him one last time before I go home. Because who knows when I will next see him again. But no worries, we certainly will…someday…

Jaime and Val in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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I tried on a ridiculous pair of glasses at the Sunday Market here in Chiang Mai. And then I fell in love with them. And then I didn’t buy them and totally regretted that decision.

Woven glasses in Chiang Mai, Thailand

But Jenny went back to the market and bought me a pair (in pink, my favorite color).

Woven lensless glasses in Chiang Mai, Thailand

I’ll be a hit of all the Chicago hipster bars.

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This is Taku.

Taku bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Taku bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Taku bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Taku bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Taku bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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“What did you do today?” I asked Tucky and he looked at me but didn’t understand. I repeated the question one or two more times until he could repeat it back to me. He then got up off of the chair and walked to his group of friends. He said to them something in Thai and then said “What did you do today?” His friends said something back in Thai and then he walked back, sat down next to me, and said, “nothing.”

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I ended up with a hostel room to myself for a few nights. And so, when Lek followed me into my room, I let him sleep on my pillow. Of course, when he woke up at 6am fresh and ready to play each morning I had to let him out.

But I have a feeling the hostel guys knew what was going on…

Lek the cat at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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“I stepped back because of me, not you,” he said. Referring to a game of pool we had to stop playing because it was going no where. I over analyzed the shit out of that statement.

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I’ve spent the last few days laying on my back in pain. I knew it would come eventually: my back goes out every few years. It was inevitable. But I never really imagined that I’d be spending my last few days in Asia this way. I’ve cried. A lot. Because I want to be enjoying Chiang Mai. I’ve cried. A lot. Because this is not the way I want this to all end.

But thus is life. I suppose.

And, if nothing else, throwing out my back forced me to do all the work I needed to get done because I had nothing better to do. And, if nothing else, throwing out my back solidified what amazing friends I have here. Like Jenny, who brought dinner to me. And Yvo, who picked up a masseuse on his motorbike and brought her to my dorm room.

I will miss them both.

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Gratuitous cat photos.

Lek the cat at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lek the cat at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lek the cat at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lek the cat at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lek the cat at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lek the cat at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lek the cat at Deejai Backpackers in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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I don’t want to leave.

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3 Comments
  • Micamyx|Senyorita
    October 6, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Nice to see you and Jaime together. You’re two of my favorite travel bloggers because your stories are more personal 😀

  • Ali
    October 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    HUGS!! Just remember, you have more adventures to come in a few months. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for you to be leaving, the circumstances of my RTW were certainly nothing like yours. I hope your back recovers quickly!

    Also, I love that globe lamp!

  • alex
    October 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Love ur blog val. how was thailand? u back home for good now?

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