just a short one today as a wrote a big one yesterday!
just in the process of uploading some photos or at least trying to but it is sloooooooow so be patient for that one.
wellm Chaing Mai is 100% nicer than bangkok, it was good in bangkok but so busy and exhausting and repetitive but here is is beautiful, lots of mountains and jungle and lots of greenery! the hostel is sooo good we have met some amazing people already here. we all sat on the roff terrace of the hostel last nite chatting and drinking beers and after an hour we were all like 'lets go out!!' so we rallied around everyone in the hostel and got a big group together and arranged to go out at 9 o'clock. at this point it was about 7ish and we hadnt eaten yet so a few of us went out for sum food, fried rice haha still playing it safe here! the service was slow and we were desperate to get out and have a real night out!!
finally there was 15 of us sitting in a little bus taxi thing which is madness cos theres normally about 8 max in there and we were sitting on the floors and on each others knees and everything (dont worry - the roads are nothing like home!!). we headed out to a bar called riverside first which, obviously, is alongside a river. its a really nice seeting and they pushed loads of tables together for us. Cherayl, who works at the hostel encouraged us all to try the traditional sang son drink. this consisted of a bottle of rum/whiskey stuff, coke and red bull syrup. we started with one bottle bewteen us for a taster and soon ended up with 2 mroe on the tabel and a lot of empty bottles of coke and red bull. we couldnt believe it when the bill came and it was the equivalent of 2 quid each and every1 was very merry!! happy days!
we went inside then as there was a live band on playing all sorts of english songs like the artic monkeys and u2 and the killers etc and we all had an awesome dance it was so good we had so much fun we didnt want to leave! but, the bar closed at 1 and it was time to move on to a club! we jumped in a few tuk tuks, like a 3wheeler thing here that is so funny to ride in, and went to spicy nightclub. it was air conditioned inside which we were really grateful for and we danced the night away and tried lots of nice beachy cocktails before heading home after 3am and falling into bed!!
oh god, nearly forgot 2 say. liz stubbed her toe yesterday and we think its broken so not sure whats hapening about the trek but will keep you updated cos mayeb she could miss the hiking bits out and still do the adventure stuff. anyway dont worry shes fine just needs to rest it and she has it strapped up.
today it is so hot and we were supposed to be going to a lake but me and gill overslept haha oh well, we are gong to sunbathe on the roof for a bit try and get a tan cos i am the same colour as when i left haha
loves lots xxxxxxxxxxxxx