Are we there yet?
We are finally here, in Chiang Mai, at our final destination for the next few months. From the minute we stepped off the plane at the Chiang Mai Airport I knew I would like Chiang Mai better than Bangkok. Don’t get me wrong, Bangkok was lively, fun and full of culture, but it wasn’t exactly my style. For a longer term stay Chiang Mai is the way to go; it’s laid back, green, the food is absolutely amazing, and the locals are inviting. There’s an abundance of little coffee shops, restaurants and bars to choose from. So many in fact that it’s probably impossible to get to all of them once before leaving. One can fine hidden gems on every street, and I’ve tasted the best food I’ve ever had in the past few days since arriving in Chiang Mai. I can’t do Chiang Mai justice with the written word other than to say – come experience everything for yourself!
As stated in a previous post, my largest nutritional fears include staying hydrated and finding foods that are healthy and not loaded with sodium or an exorbitant amount of calories. The water situation is getting better. Now that we have a bit of a routine down it’s easier to plan out where and when to buy water. Plus, we just moved into our apartment and they provide 30 units of water with our room per month, so that is very helpful. Also, this is a bonus, the apartment pool has a cafe that serves fresh coconut water from the coconut for a little less than $2.00! You really can’t beat that. Moral of the story, I think we’ve got the water thing down now. If you’re in the same boat while traveling I’d suggest stocking up on water in your hotel room. That way you will be sure to always stay hydrated, and avoid waking up to a desert like terrane in your mouth with no drinkable water in sight. This experience has made me realize how much I take for granted living in a first world country. I’ve never woken up in the middle of the night thinking “need water” and then realized I would have to run out and buy some until now. Same thing goes for toilet paper. Around here toilet paper can be scarce and you aren’t supposed to flush it. Who knew? The experiences so far have made me incredibly thankful for all of the little things we have back in the US.
Anyways, back to my fears. Food….I’ll admit that I’ve been bad. I keep on running into delicious things I need to try. For example, we went to the night market last night and there were these colorful objects that looked like macaroons, but turned out to be some sort of ice cream. Naturally I had to give them a try. To be fair though they were very small and I shared with Kyle. However, now that we are moved into our apartment there are no more excuses. I have a fridge and pantry waiting to be stocked full of nutritious eats to snack on. As far as meals go, I’m still struggling to determine exactly which options are healthy. It’s a bit harder to guesstimate nutrition info when the ingredients and cooking style are foreign to me. Maybe a cooking class is in order! Well folks, it’s time to go explore more food.
Until next time,
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