One gloomy (to them delightfully mild, to me frightfully cold) December morning after about 36 hours of time travel Mom and Pam arrived in Chiang Mai. The airport in Chiang Mai is so small I could see them in the baggage area before they came through the arrival gate, which was a relief because I hadn’t heard from them (layover in China=restricted internet) since they had boarded the plane at SFO a day and a half ago. Hugs all around!
We hopped in a taxi and a few minutes later were dropped off at their guesthouse just around the corner from our place. First thing, the hostesses pointed us in the direction of the breakfast buffet…. eat, eat, eat. After I got them all checked in Pam, who was battling a cold, settled in for a nap while I took Mom out for a wander. We went to Bumrung Buri Market to see what fruit was in season. Rose apple, several kinds of banana, papaya, pineapple, passionfruit, and jackfruit. I nabbed a little tray of jackfruit, it was on the mild side as it is just coming into season, but will get richer in flavor and aroma (think mildly durian-like) over the next few months.
Next we walked down Wualai Road, an area known for its silver work, to visit the Silver Temple. The Silver Temple is incredible with huge reliefs of famous towns around the world, Chinese zodiac signs, super heroes, waves, Thai villages and more. Mom was realllllly tired, but forcing herself to stay awake to try an beat the jetlag. I was tired because I hadn’t slept well, worrying about my incoming travelers kept me awake most of the night. So the perfect activity for half asleep folks is….. a massage. After a nice foot massages we walked through the little local market around the corner from our place. It was buzzing with folks picking up prepared foods (curry, fried chicken, soup) for dinner.
We went back to the guesthouse, collected Pam, and went out to Tesco and 7-11 for a look around. Then to the fruit cart for sliced pineapple and payapa and lastly for noodle soup at my favorite neighborhood stall. This may sound like a lot of walking, but all 4 stops were along a 50 meter stretch of road.
This is where Tee joined us and he finally met Mom and Pam in person for the first time. Another round of hugs!
All of that and they were in bed by 7 pm. Lets beat that cold and jetlag.