Chiang Mai moat–

IMG_0009 IMG_0027 IMG_0024 IMG_0014My morning walk in Chiang Mai is a wonderful stroll along the moat and ruins of the ancient city walls that surround the Old Quarter of town.  The Old Quarter was built about seven hundred years ago, and the moat and walls were built to keep out marauding barbarians who continually attempted to attack and infiltrate the capital of the Lanna Kingdom.  I love walking along this perimeter because I can feel the vibes of the ancient folks who have done their thing here for hundreds of years. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!  What an honor to be able to spend time here. . .what a joy to feel the presence of so many hard-working people who have come before me. . .what a privilege to be welcomed here even though I am a farang.  As long as we farangs behave ourselves then all is good.  So behave yourselves when you come here, farangs, visitors must always be polite, respectful, and humble. . .not just here, but everywhere.

I send you brisk strolling vibes from the moat of Chiang Mai. . .feel them. . .they are good for your heart.

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They do lernin’ here–

IMG_0040 IMG_0038POW!  Here we are strolling around Chiang Mai University, one of the most important schools in Thailand.  Lots of prominent Thais have studied here including the recently deposed prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra.  The campus is quite large and serene. . .lots of greenery everywhere. . .a big sports stadium, an Olympic-size pool, a huge gymnasium, lots of large classroom buildings, winding roads, walking paths, etc. and so on.  Folks from all over Thailand attend this university studying art, math, computer science, medicine, dentistry, business administration and so many other topics.  I love strolling around the campus of Chiang Mai University, and you will too if you ever find yourself looking for something stimulating to do while visiting the capital of the Lanna Kingdom.

I send you vibes of higher learning from Chiang Mai. . .feel them. . .they are good for your well-being.

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Rice and rambutans–

photo 2IMG_0049Thailand produces just about every kind of rice that you can think of: jasmine, long grain, short grain, white, brown, red, etc., and it all can be found in Warorot Market in Chiang Mai. . .mmmm, aaaaahh!  Plus, July is rambutan season here, and there are mountains of this delicious fruit everywhere. . .we buy them, eat them, buy more, eat more, etc. and so on. . .jaaaa!  There is no one going hungry in Thailand. . .delicious food is available 24/7 here. . .I eat a lot of it because there is very little fat involved in the Thai diet–easy to eat heart-smart in this wonderful country.  We love browsing through and eating in the markets in Chiang Mai, and you will too if you ever find yourself wandering around here lookin’ to put a feed on.

I send you abundant vibes from Warorot Market in Chiang Mai. . .feel them. . .they are oh-so good for you.

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Chedi Luang–

IMG_0011 IMG_0007 IMG_0002MMM!  A morning of serenity, chanting, and meditation at Wat Phra That Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai is hard to beat.  I could hang out here every morning. . .no problem. . .ommmm.  The brick pagoda here is about seven hundred years old. . .the top collapsed during an earthquake about four hundred years ago. . .even in its collapsed form this is still the tallest pagoda in all of Thailand. . .minor renovations were performed on the pagoda about twenty-five years ago. . .we can feel the life-force everywhere here.  We love hanging out at Chedi Luang, and you will too if you ever find yourself wandering around in the Old Quarter of Chiang Mai lookin’ for a good place to stop, look, and listen.

I send you serene vibes from Chedi Luang. . .feel them. . .they have the power to help you BE…HERE…NOW.

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I’m salivating here–

IMG_0043 IMG_0046 IMG_0045 IMG_0044OH MAN!  I love steamed whole fish. . .I love pork curry. . .I love noodles and seafood. . .I love sauteed broccolini. . .mmm, aaaahh!  These dishes are served up with joy and flair at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, and I am salivating right now as I remember the tastiness of everything.  Good food makes us feel good. . .we are lucky to have the opportunity to put this good stuff into our bodies and let the nutritiousness of it all lift us up and make our spirits soar.  I love eating well in northern Thailand, and you will too if you ever find yourself wandering around the hills here lookin’ to put a feed on.

I send you delicious vibes from Chiang Mai. . .feel them. . .they will make you drool.

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Exotic flowers and prosecco–

IMG_0002 photo 2 IMG_0047BOOM!  The flowers of southeast Asia are sometimes exotic and alluring, and the starfish-shaped babies above certainly fit the bill.  I don’t know what they are called, but we love coming upon them on the grounds of the Four Seasons here in Chiang Mai.  And then, of course, throw a cold bottle of prosecco into the mix–Italian sparkling wine in the hills of northern Thailand, oh-so sweet–and we are good-to-go.  We love the flowers and prosecco in northern Thailand, and you will too if you ever find yourself lookin’ for a good way to kill some time while hanging out in greater Chiang Mai.

I send you fragrant and bubbly vibes from northern Thailand. . .feel them. . .they will tickle your nose.

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My sweet albino water buffalo–

photo 1 photo 2JAAA!  She’s a good girl!  This big, easygoin’, chilled-out, albino water buffalo is a glorious hit here at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai.  She is livin’ the good life. . .relax in a corral with lots to eat every day–no work in any rice paddies. . .and simply walk over to the lobby every morning and afternoon so folks can pet her and sit on her back for photos–not bad at all.  Yes, this is a bit cheesy, but hey, I now get to check “sit on an albino water buffalo” off of my bucket list, or at least I would check this off if I had a bucket list.  We love the albino water buffalo at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, and you will too if you ever find yourself hanging out in the lobby here at 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. any day of the week.

I send you albino vibes from the Four Seasons. . .feel them. . .they are cheesy and fun.

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