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We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.

We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou






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Friday, December 26, 2008

Thailand - Day 9 - Chiang Mai

This was our last day in Chiang Mai and we hated to leave it. We packed up and left our luggage at the Green Tulip Guesthouse and headed for the Chiang Mai Zoo and up the hill to Doi Sathep for the day. We had a train to catch at 4:30 pm that would put us in Bangkok at 6:20 am the next day.

The Chiang Mai Zoo was wonderful. It was nicely furnished with wide walking paths and more vegetation than what I have seen at other zoos. It was nice to see some animals that were more Asian specifically those native to Thialand. The gibbons were especially impressive and we found an animal called a Bearcat. I didn't even know there was a Bearcat, but it reminded us of Rocky Top, "half bear the other half cat, wild as a mik but sweet as soda pop." We spent morning touring the zoo and really enjoyed it. Jamie took tons of pictures and we were able to feed some giraffes and elephants in the process. Check out the pictures under the album Thailand - Day 9 - Chiang Mai.

We then went up the mountain in a songthaew (which is basically a small truck they use for buses and public transportation in smaller cities in Thailand). Doi Sathep is an active temple on a mountain in Chiang Mai. It was nice but not overly special. The views of Chiang Mai from the top were nice and the long steps leading up to it with naga's on both sides were impressives. You can check out the photos of Doi Sathep in the same album.

We ate a decent little Mexican restaurant back in Chiang Mai afterwards and headed back to retrieve our luggage and then to the train station. We boarded immediately and were quite pleased with our sleeper car accommodations.

After departure, the train stopped cold after about 20 minutes. After a 2.5 hour delay, we were told that our train would not be arriving in Bangkok until 10:00 am the next morning. This was a problem because our bus to Koh Chang left at 9:45.

Keep reading Day 10 for what happened once we finally go to Bangkok.

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