I’m sitting here pool side writing this blog from Chiang Mai, Thailand. Today we leave Chiang Mai and head further north to spend time in the mountains and hills surrounding Chiang Mai and to spend more time with Evan’s brother Tim, our sister in law Oi and our niece Bam and nephew Ben.
It has been a good week. It’s been a week of acclimatizing to the heat. It’s been a week of exploring the neighborhood we’ve been staying in. It’s been a week of spending time with family. We have also eaten some really good Thai food. There has not been a day that has gone by without us eating some pad thai, one of Jamey and Becca’s favorite Thai dishes.
We started doing some home schooling this week, concentrating on getting the kids familiar with Thailand and it’s surrounding countries. They have been learning important Thai phrases, such as “where is the bathroom?” and “can I have some water please?”. They are both getting really comfortable with buying things at the local convenience store as we practiced counting to 10 in Thai before we left. I have been impressed by how easy it is for them to walk into a shop or restaurant and use what little Thai they know to communicate.
Early in the week we all went to see Tim’s family’s dentist. Evan had some dental work done on a previous trip and was very impressed with the dentist, so we decided we would all go and have her examine our teeth. Becca got a clean bill of health! Jamey had one small cavity that needed to be filled, and it turns out I had a cavity that was forming between 2 teeth. Evan needed a crown removed and a filling done as well. She was able to do my filling, Jamey’s filling and Evan’s dental work that morning for all of us, using typical western dentistry procedures. Our bill as we left was $70 US! Now we love our dentist back in Idaho, but for the price, it couldn’t be beat! Evan will return in 3 months before we fly to New Zealand to have a bridge put in. His bridge will cost $300 when all is said and done.
This has also been a week of adjusting to our life as we travel. It certainly is much slower in pace than what we were used to. Jamey and Becca have more hours to fill in each day as they don’t have friends to meet up with or libraries to ride their bikes too. I’m not off to work for 9 hours a day. Evan still checks in with his business emails daily, but can do this very efficiently.
We are still figuring out how to all get along with each other while we are spending so much time together. For the most part Jamey and Becca have been getting along very well. The heat certainly can make them fiesty with each other so if we stop for a fruit shake in the shade, their attitudes and kindness towards to each other changes for the better. It was so great for them to have their cousins spend the night at the house we are staying at in Chiang Mai. I loved seeing how quickly they became comfortable with each other. Ben and Bam were amazing market guides one evening. It was so great having them with us, explaining all the different food choices available.
We have also been finding ways to deal with homesickness. Becca has felt this the most. We have been swimming alot this week. She told me that when she is swimming, she feels like she is back home so that has been really helping her feel better. We’ve also found that having some food with us that is familiar helps with homesickness to. We found a box of a cereal similar to Corn Flakes for the kids for breakfast and while it didn’t taste exactly like typical american Corn Flakes, they loved having cereal for breakfast.
I shared with a friend this week that we were all feeling a touch homesick because life here is so different than life in Idaho, and my wise friend said, “ah, but that is why you travel!”. I appreciated her wisdom. I needed that reminder.
Here’s a sampling of pictures from our time here this week. Off today to see the mountains, may not have great wifi while we are away but I will reply to comments and post again when we get some wifi back!
Keep well everyone, know that we are thinking of you and enjoy the last few weeks of summer before everyone heads back to school routines!