Rotten teeth, awesome neighbors and everything in between

Rotten teeth, awesome neighbors and everything in between

If it wasn’t for our neighbors……

 

Vee from next door came running over at 8pm on Saturday night with this note. 10 min later we were walking to the temple not knowing what to expect.

Vee from next door came running over at 8pm on Saturday night with this note. 10 min later we were walking to the temple not knowing what to expect.

 

If it wasn’t for our neighbors who generously invited us to the pools, we would not have learnt what is what like for an 18 year old girl attending school and for the boys to keep practicing something they love. Swimming!

If it wasn’t for our neighbors we would not have learnt how to cook some crazy spicy pork dish (which they thought was sweet) and seen what a Thai kitchen can look like. Also I found out that “special” salt our neighbor was talking about was MSG. Geud times. 

If it wasn’t for our neighbors who invited us to the local temple (just getting ready to watch Deadpool) we would have not experienced young boys being ordained as novice monks, watch the grandma skull back a beer within a few min, old ladies dancing to what sounded like ABBA and the boys being shown off to their new friends school mates.

 

The kids were too lazy to walk a few hundred meters so they got a lift home

The kids were too lazy to walk a few hundred meters so they got a lift home

If it wasn’t for our neighbors who took me to a local market we would have kept going on a 40 min bus ride to the city for our fruit and vegetables because this market doesn’t show up in google maps.

 

Heading home to Bo Sang on the local bus. 40 min ride on this can make you sweat.

Heading home to Bo Sang on the local bus. 40 min ride on this can make you sweat.

If it wasn’t for our neighbors our kids would be eating their dinner. Instead they are getting fed snacks all day from fried bananas, fresh coconut, dried spicy things, rice, fruit, fried chicken and who knows what else.

If it wasn’t for our neighbors we would have to entertain our children for 3 more weeks and I think I would rather stab my own leg than entertain them in the middle of nowhere.

The air may be polluted, we might be far from the city and the smoke in the air may be making our snot black and burning our eyes but we are truly grateful for our neighbors. The story below explains why we love them even more. 

 

A trip to the hospital

The only reason I took this photo was for the blog. Zero sympathy here. Waiting for an X-ray

So I mentioned rotten teeth. Here’s how it went down. Gerhard has been having some trouble with his teeth being inflamed and has been causing him some sleepless nights. In our 9 years of being together I have never seen him in so much pain (I’ve seen a broken ACL, fractured rib, broken leg, concussion and period cramps) I thought he was having a stroke!! So with no taxis around and 1 motorbike our neighbors looked after the kids while we made our way to the hospital.

Thank fuck for modern medicine, having access to a medical facility and money in the bank. After a good hour Gerhard was away with the fairy’s and I was sitting on the toilet shitting my life out from something I ate. Actually I farted just before the nurse came in to give Gerhard his painkillers. Lucky they had a mask on. Smelt like a rat died in my ass.

Long story short he needs to get 3 teeth pulled out including two wisdom teeth on Monday. It also means a break in his training and with only 3 weeks left on our Visa its put a spanner into the works. We aren’t that isolated but in the moment we felt so far away from everything and had no idea what to expect. The staff at Bangkok hospital were beyond amazing and the standard of care was better than any hospital we have been to in Australia.

Encase you were wondering the kids couldn’t give two shits about us. They were too busy swimming at the pools, playing minecraft and eating fried chicken. They were pretty upset we came home. 

 

Everything in between

We have been here just over a week and most of the time has been eating, napping, reading and playing but we have managed to get out and about. Here are some photos from Chiang Mai so far.

Tha Pae Gate, Chiang Mai. A remake of a wall that was built 700 years ago around the moat that sorrounds Chiang Mai. Its also a meeting point for many people and where events/festivals are celebrated.

Tha Pae Gate, Chiang Mai. A remake of a wall that was built 700 years ago around the moat that surrounds Chiang Mai. Its also a meeting point for many people and where events/festivals are celebrated.

 

Lunch at Buak Hard Public Park. Grilled chicken, papaya salad and some pork sausage thing

Lunch at Buak Hard Public Park. Grilled chicken, papaya salad and some pork sausage thing. $8 day out including lunch, transport, mat hire and ice cream.

 

We found one of the many second hand book stores in Chiang Mai. If you return the books you get half your money back!

We found one of the many second hand book stores in Chiang Mai. If you return the books you get half your money back!

 

The boys writting down their "wish" to put in the bowl. Of course you add a donation..

The boys writting down their “wish” to put in the bowl. Of course you add a donation..

 

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

 

Men only temple at Wat Chedi Luang

Men only temple at Wat Chedi Luang

 

Big Buddha

Big Buddha

 

Ring a ding ding

Ring a ding ding

 

We got to sit down with a monk and have a chat about their daily life, traditions and customs. The monks name was Joe and has been a monk for 6 years! Also I was too drop nut to ask for a photo lol

We got to sit down with a monk and have a chat about their daily life, traditions and customs. The monks name was Joe and has been a monk for 6 years. Also I was too drop nut to ask for a photo lol

 

Warorot Market. Sometimes you see amazing things in Thailand and sometimes you see small turtles in buckets ready to be eaten.

Warorot Market. Sometimes you see amazing things in Thailand and sometimes you see small turtles in buckets ready to be eaten.

 

Apparently this is a specialty here. Chiang Mai Sausage. They start cooking this from 5 am until the sun goes down

Apparently this is a specialty here. Chiang Mai Sausage. They start cooking this from 5 am until the sun goes down

 

Grabbing herbs for the Massman Curry Paste

Grabbing herbs for the Massman Curry Paste

 

Mattaeus annoying his new friend Eric from the U.S.A. Mostly talking about animals, hurricanes and other random things. Thank you Eric for listening!!

Mattaeus annoying his new friend Eric from the U.S.A. Mostly talking about animals, hurricanes and other random things. Thank you Eric for listening!!

 

Traditional Thai snack called Miang Kham. Fresh Cha Phlu leaves stuffed with roasted coconut, shallots, green birds eye chilli, ginger, lime (including the peel) dried shrimps and topped with a sweet sauce. Party in your mouth!!

Traditional Thai snack called Miang Kham. Fresh Cha Phlu leaves stuffed with roasted coconut, shallots, green birds eye chilli, ginger, lime (including the peel) dried shrimps and topped with a sweet sauce. Party in your mouth!!

 

It doesn't matter what time of the day it is. If we see road side ice cream, we buy one.

It doesn’t matter what time of the day it is. If we see road side ice cream, we buy one.

 

Plenty of street art in Chiang Mai. Yes we all need haircuts.

Plenty of street art in Chiang Mai. Yes we all need haircuts.

 

Sticky rice with either banana, kumara (sweet potato) or taro. They eat this for breakfast with coffee. Nom!

Sticky rice with either banana, kumara (sweet potato) or taro. They eat this for breakfast with coffee. Nom!

 

So I paid for two station. One for me and one for the boys to share. Nek minit holding the camera all bloody day.

So I paid for two station. One for me and one for the boys to share. Nek minit holding the camera all bloody day.

 

Super duper corny wanky photo

Super duper corny wanky photo

 

We can go all the places we want and see all these amazing things but for us it’s the people that have made each place come alive.

Anyone else been to Chiang Mai? Would love to hear what you did and things we should look out for 🙂

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2 Comments

  • Craig Steele

    Wow wow and wow what a journey already. That looks amazing what a great experience for you and the family and I hope Gerard gets his teeth sorted.
    Looks like you guys have it down pat now.

    April 1, 2016 at 8:06 PM
  • Ani

    Loving this most informative blog. Sorry to hear you have these problems with your teeth Gerhard. People believe me when I say, I have never seen anyone in my life brush teeth like Gerhard. Get well soon. I see your wife full of sympathy NOT. Loving it all looking forward to the next one

    April 1, 2016 at 9:31 PM

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