Friday, December 5, 2008

Chiang Mai, Thailand

After Jaipur, I flew to Chiang Mai to hang out with Emma who is studying abroad. A few snapshots from the two weeks...

We visited a wealthy public school for an afternoon. The students reminded me of Woodstock students, except that they were all wearing pink uniforms!

For the first weekend, we headed outside the city to an organic farm run by an ex-pat and his Thai wife. We learned how to harvest rice and throw thai fishing nets. A very nice break from the city.

We spent a lot of time shopping. This is the indoor bazaar downtown - it has everything.

Doi Suthep - a wat (Buddhist temple) at the top of a hill outside of the city.

Monk house at Wat U Mong. It was the most peaceful place. And outside of the houses was monk laundry - all orange!

Emma and I happy after eating at an incredibly delicious vegetarian restaurant.

Emma and Pung (Yee's friend). Motorbikes are the vehicle of choice in Chiang Mai.

Fun pictures with Yee on the Iron Bridge.

Yee invited us to her apartment for "Hot Pot" - a vegetable soup. It was delicious.

Chiang Mai's most popular public transportation - the rotdheng! Emma's negotiating with the driver.

Teaching English to a group of Burmese people who are in Thailand to train for economic development and women's rights advocacy in Burma.

My last night in Chiang Mai - dinner with Emma and her host brother Pae, who is proudly wearing his new Obama shirt!

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