Cheers From Chiang Mai
Sitting under a faded red umbrella, slurping up a delicious curry chicken noodle dish as monks chant at a neighbouring wat, the huge upheaval suddenly seemed worth it.
Our very traumatic departure from Singapore and arrival in Thailand weighed on us for two days and two very long nights. Miss M was, for the first time ever, clingy and very demanding. Darling Man was morose and I was miserable. I thought I’d made a huge mistake bringing the family to Chiang Mai.
But the Sunday Night Market blew away all the negative feelings. We strolled and ate and laughed. There was spicy salad, curry, banana fritters, sausages, omelettes in little banana-leaf boats, dumplings — too much to eat in one outing.
There were also street performers — a schoolgirl playing a violin, traditional music, a blind guy playing some kind of harmonica and a beautiful little dancing girl.
Behind the stalls, there were groovy looking bars, which we plan to explore later. And Darling Man found a Vietnamese restaurant. He’s keen to try the pho (noodle soup) later.
I think we will do alright here after all.
So, after two days of uncertainty, it seems we will stick with our plan of living in Chiang Mai for seven months. We have almost settled into an apartment, where we’ll stay for a month. Then we’ll try to find a house. While we decompress from Singapore life and enjoy more family time and cooler weather, I’ll be working hard to set up an online business.
Then we’ll head off to France for a holiday, to take up the home exchanges we’ve organised, then we’ll head back to Vietnam.
In Vietnam, I will make a second attempt to learn the language. I will be more motivated than ever this time because I want to be able to talk to my in-laws and to Miss M, who will be bi-lingual (as ordered by said in-laws). But also because I want to write a book about Vietnam’s food and its people. And I’d like to be able to talk to people, rather than rely on a translator.
So, we have taken the first step on the path. And we have so much wonderful Thai street food to explore over the next seven months.
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