Memories from Chiang Mai, Thailand

J’ai écrit ces mots, en anglais, au retour de mon expatriation à Bangkok.

This past year in Thailand has opened up my world in so many ways. Within those 15 months I took more than 5000 pictures, hopped on night buses, motorbikes, planes, bicycles, long tail boats, tuk-tuks, saw huge rats daily and got used to it, thrown a lantern in the sky full of lights in Chiang Mai, ate mangos, ate coconuts, ate insects, swam in waterfalls, danced in the moonlight on the beach, crossed the Kwai river bridge, went on solo trips and opened myself to meeting new people in hostels and bars, played with monkeys, took cooking classes, went to a strip club, saw buddhas, climbed up mountains, climbed up a boat mast, visited golden temples, wood temples, rice temples, temple ruins, strolled through night markets, floating markets, saw storms, soaked up the sun, got scars as souvenirs, was served drinks poured into a small plastic bag with a straw, saw Thai girls with men old enough to be their grandfathers, saw ladyboys, saw families fitting 4 people on one scooter, thought I would die on a crazy motorbike ride to catch a night bus, had lots and lots of street food, sipped cocktails on rooftop bars, had a chat with a monk who asked me to sit down next to him, had a mud bath with elephants and washed them in a waterfall, relaxed with cheap massages, hopped a mini-van on a road with 762 hairpin turns, learnt some basic Thai, learnt how to speak English with a Thai accent, learnt how to cook my favorite Thai dish from the best, lied on insanely beautiful island beaches, went to music festivals, went to the nicest coffee shops and the most insane malls, walked by kids in the countryside staring at me and my friends because they were not used to seeing ‘farangs’ (Thai word for foreigners), dipped on crystal clear blue waters, dipped on dirty waters, had to listen to cheesy Thai music, did a pretty good amount of hammock-chilling and sunset-watching, had a naked midnight swim in the sea under the moonlight, met people I will never forget, had to pinch myself sometimes to realize where I was and how lucky I was to be there, got amazed by the kindness and the smile of Thai people, fell down, fell in love, broke my shoes, broke my heart, laughed, cried, lost the value of money, lost myself, found myself, felt safe, and most importantly, felt alive.

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Memories from Chiang Mai, Thailand

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