A month in Chiang Mai

What else did we do in Chiang Mai aside from spend time with Partners and with Claire, Doug, Olivia and Sacha? Well, we connected with our friends Matt, Michelle and Josiah again (last spotted in Colorado) and met new friends Kim and Kenneth who are working on an HIV/AIDS project called Radical Grace.  We were challenged and inspired by the work they are doing – here’s Kenneth talking about it.

 

 

 

Reunited with Matt, Michelle and Josiah
Reunited with Matt, Michelle and Josiah

 

Josiah in action
Josiah in action – watching his game

 

Dinner with some cool people
Dinner with some cool people

 

We spent Thanksgiving being thankful with our friends Stu, Ruth, Ali and Caleb.  I really like this tradition and think I need to practice being more grateful more regularly.

 

Confession - we forgot to take a photo...so Carrie was only with us in spirit
Confession – we forgot to take a photo…so Carrie was only with us in spirit

 

We shopped at the night market and the Sunday walking street market (pictured above) where Claire introduced us to fish shaped waffles filled with chocolate and Olivia met candy floss for the first time.  I had pedicures and massages with Claire and Sach. We spent lots of time getting to know the delightful Olivia and spent a day hanging out with her while Doug and Claire were away – this was a lot of fun. (Also fun was seeing a tiny grass snake in the park…Olivia and I kept our distance!)

 

 

Olivia and Reubs
Olivia and Reubs

 

Snake at the park
Snake at the park

 

Playing at the park with Sacha
Playing at the park with Sacha

 

The amazing Claire, Doug and Olivia
The amazing Claire, Doug and Olivia

 

Doug, Reubs and Olivia at the night safari
Doug, Reubs and Olivia at the night safari

 

Doug cuts cake
Doug cuts cake

 

Olivia and Reuben swinging
Olivia and Reuben swinging

 

We did some less exciting things, like going to the dentist, and some more exciting things, like getting my first tattoo.  I have been talking about getting a tattoo for years and eventually decided on the word Mengedenya, an Amharic word meaning journeyer or traveller.  I chose this for its literal meaning relating to what we have been doing for the past 18 months, but also for the idea of being on a faith journey, working out what it means to follow Jesus in the world.

 

 

Getting my first tattoo
Getting my first tattoo

 

Yup, it hurt a little...
Yup, it hurt a little…

 

The finished tattoo
The finished tattoo

 

We had a scary experience driving a motorbike where we were sideswiped at 60km an hour – we managed to stay on but the car that hit us veered back into its own lane and took out another car.  We were extremely grateful to have no damage to us or the bike, and for Thai speaking friends who came and interpreted for us with the police!

 

This was the car that sideswiped us after it hit another car
This was the car that sideswiped us after it hit another car

 

We saw the new Hunger Games movie, ate a lot of good food and had a Christmas party with Claire, Doug, Olivia and Sacha where we decorated the tree and ate amazing food. We loved being in Chiang Mai with the friends and family we have there. (More posts to come on the incredible lantern festival we went to and our side trip to Pai!)

 

The menu for the feast
The menu for the feast

 

Merry early Christmas!
Merry early Christmas!

 

Putting up the Christmas tree
Putting up the Christmas tree

 

Olivia chooses decorations
Olivia chooses decorations

 

The finished tree
The finished tree

 

Christmas dinner
Christmas dinner

 

 

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Aunty Moira says:

    What an awesome time you had with them all! Love the Giraffes ! !

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  2. Kate says:

    Aww, fun times! ❤

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  3. Lynette Olson says:

    You really did have a well spread out Christmas.

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  4. Mum Bunn says:

    You had a really interesting, and active, month in Chaing Mai. So nice that you could spend time with the Gibbons family, get to know Olivia, and enjoy Sacha’s company.

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