Four Years Later

It’s been a minute since I wrote on my blog, so let’s see if I can get my mojo back.

In the past four years, a lot has happened. I left off after writing about my first trip to Thailand*, and since then I have been to a whole lot of places, and my life has taken a few unexpected turns.

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Starting a new adventure in Suzhou, China

In September 2014 I moved to Jiangmen in the Guangdong province of China. I came here to study chinese and I got a job along the way teaching english at a school.

The chinese learning was going well in Wuyi University in Jiangmen, but life in this city was pretty boring and monotonous. For this and a few other reasons, we decided to move (I say we because my younger brother is on this adventure with me).

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What to wear in Thailand and my attempt at fashion.

 I’m not a fashion blogger nor do I really know much about fashion,  but as most women do I like clothes and trying to look my best.  For my Thailand trip I wanted to try out taking pictures in the different outfits that I wore, which were different from the usual shorts and t-shirt that I wear when travelling. The point was trying to dress according to the place I was visiting.

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Phuket town, the more “real” side of the island.

For our Thailand trip, we saved the best for last. The beaches in Phuket!

I had been in China since September, so  for my vacation in February I wanted to get out of the country. The first thing I thought was , wouldn’t it be nice to be tanning on a beach in Thailand? And from there things took off, I messaged my  Trinidadian friend that lives in Korea and she was down too. So basically this whole trip started because I wanted to go to one of those paradise like beaches.

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Boating around Bangkok

Day 2 in Bangkok was all about temples. We started our day by taking the sky train to  “Saphan Taksin” station, from where it’s easy to get to the “Chao Phraya river” . We purchased a one day pass with “Chao Phraya express” boat.  For 150 Baht you can use the boats on this line all day , making it easy to access all the major sightseeing points.

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Waking up in Bangkok

I left off my Thailand posts in Chiang Mai. This is where I spent a day with elephants, visited a beautiful temple, got an oil massage, shopped at the Sunday night market and more.
After 4 days in Chiang Mai we made our way by night train to the bustling capital of Thailand, Bangkok. When planning our Thailand trip, I was unsure about going to Bangkok. I had mixed reviews about it, and some people actually told me “skip Bangkok”. But my friend and I thought we should see for ourselves.

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I’m back! I recently took a break from studying chinese and working to attend my brother’s wedding back home in Chile. I was there for about three weeks and I only turned my computer on twice! But I’m happy to be blogging again as I still have loads to talk about my recent trip to Thailand.

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Massages in Thailand, from oil to Thai and happy endings.

The first few days in Thailand were pretty busy, so on our last day in Chiang Mai, we decided to have a chill day since we would be taking the night train to Bangkok that evening. The best thing to do was pamper ourselves with a relaxing massage.

I had heard that Thai massages can be pretty painful, but after they are done with you ,you feel light like a feather. Well I wasn’t buying any of those stories, because in China I experienced a very painful massage and I was sore for days after it. I didn’t want to go through a similar experience again and just chose to get an oil massage, so we headed to the area were all the massage places are located. We realized prices were pretty similar , between 200 and 300 Bhat for an hour massage.

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The colours of Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai.

The “Wat Phra That  Doi Suthep” temple is a must see. If you only visit one temple in Chiang Mai, this should be it.

According to the legend, the temple was constructed to enshrine a magical relic. In order to  find the correct location for the temple the king placed the relic on the back of a white elephant, which set off to “Doi Suthep “mountain. In the spot where said elephant died , is where they decided to build the temple.

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The Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai

My Thailand trip kicked off in Chiang Mai. This city is located in Northern Thailand,  and was built in 1296. Due to its proximity to the Ping River it was of significant importance for trade between southern China and Burma. Nowadays is the second largest city in Thailand after Bangkok and number 24 on the “25 Best Destinations in the World” list by Trip Advisor (2014)

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Spending a day with elephants and why you should NOT ride them.

When planning my trip to Thailand there was only one thing I knew for sure; I had to spend a day with elephants. In my mind I was thinking, I would ride an elephant in the jungle on our way to a river where I would give him a nice wash.

While this is entirely possible to do in Chiang Mai, the first stop of my trip, it’s not what I ended up doing. As much fun as it would be to actually ride an elephant, the moment I found out this is actually not good for them and hurts them, I knew I had to find a place where the  well-being of the elephants was a priority as opposed to putting on a show for the enjoyment of tourists.

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