So it was Monday - which meant I had to finally try and sort my passport stuff out. It was a fairly boring and stressful morning with no real help being offered by the Chiang Mai Consul. There was nothing they could do, so I just had to make my way to Bangkok and try and sort it out there. Brilliant. The only good thing to come out of that morning was meeting a lovely (though a little creepy) taxi driver who took pity on me and bought me a yakult and gave me a lift to the Embassy for free.
The walk back to the hotel was pretty sad and I felt lonely for the first time during my travels. I had no passport, no way out, nothing could be done for at least another week and all the options she had given me seemed really bleak. The walk got me thinking (probably a little too much) but it soon dawned on me that the best thing to do would be just to embrace the situation, see it as part of the travelling experience and enjoy Chiang Mai while I waited to make my way back to Bangkok. Simples.
I then stopped walking and thinking and got a 'red car' - odd taxi, to the hotel where I met Poppy and Sacha and once again scabbed a free buffet lunch off the conference folk. I am surprised at how good I am getting at doing it.
The rest of the day was spent helping Sacha sort out his bullet points on his PowerPoint and trying to persuade Poppy to extend her trip, change her flight and go with me to the Full Moon Party at Ko Pang Nan - both of which were fairly successful.
That evening Sacha went back to rehearse his presentation while Poppy and took a LONG and very round about route around town to find a new Thai restaurant. You would not believe how hard that was. We walked for about an hour and a half before stumbling upon something fairly descent and scoffing down some spring rolls before running back to Vienping for another one of Poppy's fittings.
While at the restaurant I managed to pick up a little Thai from the menu:
not spicy - my pet
no chillies - my p****/p>
thank you - kap kun kaa
delicious - avoy
very delicious - avoy mac mac
excuse me - katout kaa
I like - job
I don't like - my job
Steak medium rare (v. useful) - dang nit noy
After a little education and more pinching and synching we walked back for an early night