12/23/09: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Oh what a difference a day makes. Last night we slept on a crowded, smelly, grimy train filled with cockroaches. Tonight we’ll stay in a tropical paradise known as the Ayatana Hamlet and Spa.
How could two budget-conscious backpackers possibly afford to stay at sucha nice hotel? Three words: Mom and Dad (I suppose that could have been two words depending on how you look at it). Thanks to an amazing Christmas gift from my parents, we will live in the lap of luxury during our stay in Chiang Mai. In my pure, unadulterated excitement for the days that lie ahead, I’ll make you sit through my third consecutive post that contains a list as I describe a the top ten things here that we hardly recognize any more after 3.5 months of hostel living.
- Q-tips: The way I see it, I’d much rather go deaf from Q-tip overuse than from this massive buildup of earwax.
- Shower curtain: It’s this drape-like thing that blocks the water from getting the entire bathroom wet while you shower.
- Bathroom phone: Joey on Friends taught us never to underestimate the importance of a phone near the toilet.
- Mouthwash: Is it kosher to spit out your used mouthwash into the bottle to reuse it again?
- DVD player: This in itself isn’t that great, but it comes with a whole library of DVDs to watch.
- Scale: Everyone can breathe now – we aren’t slowly disintegrating. We weigh the same as we did when we left.
- Fitness room: This would be higher on the list, but there’s no chance either of us will use it.
- Sewing kit: I kicked a huge hole in our sleeping bag liner on day one, and Zhou hasn’t been able to get it fully sewed-up since. Until now.
- Maid service: Someone will come into our room everyday and replenish our q-tips, mouthwash and sewing kit! She’s going to think we have the cleanest mouths and ears and the most torn-up clothes since Maggie Grace in her short run on Lost.
- Other complimentary items: Candies on our pillow, bathrobes, slippers, shampoo and conditioner, and a breakfast buffet complete with omelet station.
We’ll spend the next four nights living like I can only imagine Macaulay Culkin did in his prime. Then, like Macaulay we’ll head back to our crowded, smelly, grimy life filled with cockroaches.
Puzzles for Postcards
Why Do People Spend Time Here? Anagram
Light Oak And Bank
Thought of the Day: If I were a shoe thief like Rupert from Survivor, I would permanently relocate to Thailand. Every temple, hostel and bowling alley has you take your footwear off, and not one claims responsibility if it is stolen.
Picture of the Day: If I were a shoe thief like Rupert from Survivor, I would steal from everywhere but this temple.