Bloodys at Morini…NYC–

IMG_2278 IMG_2279KABOOMY!  Back in New York City now. . .what do we do on our first morning?…we head to Osteria Morini for their fabulous brunch that always starts with a couple of spicy bloody marys topped with shrimp, squid, and such. . .damn, these things are good!  Perfect way to ease back into life in the big city.

Air travel still totally amazes me–so fun to pop around the planet seeing new and different things. . .just a moment ago we were in Southeast Asia and now we are in the northeast of the United States–mmm, aaahh!  What an honor to be alive at this very moment. . .what a privilege to be in so many wonderful places in so short a time. . .what a joy to bring it all to you.  I am going to continue sipping on this bloody mary and keep enjoying the passage of time right here, right NOW.  Please feel free to do the same wherever you are.

I send you contemplative vibes from New York City. . .feel them. . .they are good for your spirit and frame-of-mind.

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It’s lovely out there.

Day 115…HKG to LGA via DFW–

IMG_2276IMG_2275BAM!  Final legs of the journey back to New York. . .flying for free so we gotta pop through Dallas…okeedokee, we are in no hurry to get back to the winter weather in the big city so let’s take our time, be sure we are staying hydrated, and contemplate all the good things ahead of us in the Year of the Monkey.  People keep asking us, “what is the significance of the Monkey Year?” and all that I can say is, “monkey jump around.”…maybe not as much as we jump around, but monkey definitely jump around quite a bit so get ready for lots of movement and up-n-down this year. . .always fun when things are up and down and here and there and who-knows-where.  Enjoy the ride, it’s the only one we got.

We continue to feel gratitude for the opportunity to jump around anywhere let alone Southeast Asia for these past three or four months. . .be appreciative of all of the experiences that you are having right here, right NOW. . .time is very short, kookiness is happening all over the place, people are a tad bamboozled everywhere, the universe is mysterious and mostly unknowable, our existence is fascinating and magical and worthy of endless contemplation, and all we can do is keep rockin’ and rollin’ to the very end. . .not sure where any of this is leading, but we will keep choosing joy despite everything.  How about you?  What are gonna choose moving forward?  Hope it’s something good.

Thank you for following along with the wacky adventure we have been having. . .gonna head back to NYC, rest up a bit, and get back at it toot-sweet.  I send you nomadic vibes from Hong Kong and Dallas and New York. . .feel them. . .they will keep you warm during the remaining winter days and nights in North America…jaaa!

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It’s lovely out there.

Day 114…on the move–

IMG_2262IMG_2264BOOM!  We gotta leave Chiang Mai today–what a drag!  Our month here has made it clear to us that we could actually live in this town and enjoy ourselves for many more months at a time. . .we are eager to return and put this experiment into action. . .jaaaa!!

Things are nice and easy in Chiang Mai: the weather is fabulous–cool in the evening, warm during the day. . .the people are sweet to us–we flow with their rules and systems and routines, and they love us for this. . .the food is outstanding–full of flavor and heat, mmmm. . .the pace is chill and easy–very few folks here are go-getters, everyone seems happy just getting by and getting along ready to see another day. . .we can roll with this–mmmhhmmmm!

And the really good news is that everything we need to live can be packed into the bags you see above. . .this is all we need for life in Chiang Mai…less is totally more here, this makes me veddy veddy happy.  What are we doing with so much stuff back ‘home’?  Where do we get all of this stuff?  Why so much stuff?  Look around you. . .what do you really need to exist?  Feel free to ponder at your leisure.

I send you essential-items-only vibes from Chiang Mai Airport. . .feel them. . .they will help you walk light and easy on your feet today.

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It’s lovely out there.

Day 113…Buddha ‘n’ ice cream

IMG_2251 IMG_0894 IMG_0890 IMG_0889The path to enlightenment is paved with ice cream. . .good homemade creamy stuff like the green tea and chocolate versions that you see above.  The Buddha understands this, and the Thai people understand this. . .one of the main reasons that there are no restrictions on how close ice cream shops can be to wats. . .no restrictions on the number of ice cream shops. . .no special license necessary to make ice cream and sell it. . .and no restrictions on driving motorized vehicles while under the influence of ice cream…mmmm, aaaahh!  In fact, I love eating three or four scoops of this delectable stuff and then heading to a wat for a little sit down for meditation and digestion.

We nomadic wanderers appreciate good ice cream and good wats. . .seek out Janie Scoop on Soi 5 in the Nimmanhaeman Road area of Chiang Mai–great place for ice cream gobbling. . .and then head on over to Wat Tung Yu on Ratchadamnaen Road in the Old Quarter–great place for digestion meditation.  It’s the discovery of important bits of information like this that makes all of the wandering worthwhile.

I send you sweet and serene vibes from various locales in Chiang Mai. . .feel them. . .they will help you enjoy the passage of time today.

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It’s lovely out there.

Day 112…Wat Phan Tao–

IMG_2191IMG_2199IMG_2189MMM!  This is one of our favorite wats in the Old Quarter of Chiang Mai: Wat Phan Tao.  This one is located right next to the iconic and much larger Wat Chedi Luang…it is built entirely of wood, it is old–dates back six or seven hundred years though the current structure was built some time in the 19th century, and it is extremely charming and cozy.  There are lovely grounds around the main wat structure with the highlight being the gold Buddha statue placed beneath a Banyan tree and surrounded by pristine gravel that is raked smooth and clean.  No one can walk in this area. . .the Buddha sits there in the open with no one near him, meditating on nothing, feeling everything, soaring in a state of enlightenment. . .mmm, aaaahh!  Nomadic wanderers like us love this wat and walking these grounds. . .be sure to spend some time at Wat Phan Tao if you ever find yourself in Chiang Mai–you will love it here, too. . .I gar-ron-taaaay!

I send you entrancing vibes from Wat Phan Tao here in Chiang Mai. . .feel them. . .they will invigorate you all day long.

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It’s lovely out there/here.

Day 111…Shan cuisine, Chiang Mai–

IMG_2239 IMG_2240 IMG_0880IMG_2225BAM!  Another great recommendation from chef Andy Ricker of Pok-Pok fame. . .he loves this place at the moment cuz he is researching Shan food and because everything served here is ABSOLUTELY TASTY!  It’s called Hearn Kham, and if you ever find yourself wandering around near the Mercure Hotel just north of the moat in Chiang Mai, then you will wanna grab a seat and order something from every page of the menu. . .jaaa!!

The Shan people are located in the Shan region of Myanmar, and they have a wonderful cuisine all their own. . .it’s not too different from northern Thai cuisine–the flavors are bold, the heat is turned up high if you want it to be, and all of the ingredients are fresh, natural, and delectable.  During our visit we gobble an egg salad thing–totally yummy, a pork meatball soup–super delectable, raw veggies with a magical dipping sauce, deep fried fish–crispy-juicy-and totally gobble-worthy, spicy salad, etc. and so on. . .EVERYTHING ROCKS!. . .mmmm, aaaahh!  The only drag is that the guy doesn’t serve beer here, and I am too lazy to go get one…so we wash everything down with ice water–blah–but really doesn’t diminish from the wonderful setting, the friendly dude who took our order, cooked our order, and delivered our order to us–a regular one-man operation during the day…and there are also the flavors, the fragrances, the open-air vibe of Southeast Asia. . .damn, we love this place!!  Eat here…you will love it too, or I will refund your money…I promise, I will, but I know that I won’t have to:-).

Anyway, I send you Shan vibes from Hearn Kham in Chiang Mai, Thailand. . .feel them. . .they will make your mouth water all day long.

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It’s lovely out there.

Day 110…Beast Burger–

IMG_2180IMG_2182 IMG_0875IMG_0877JAAA!  We found the burger stand here in Chiang Mai that many people love: Beast Burger, and it is quite tasty and good.  I am never looking to eat burgers when outside of the U.S., but many people talk about this burger, even Andy Ricker of Pok-Pok fame recommends it. . .so we gotta try it, and BAM! I am totally satisfied. . .the burger meat itself is delicious and cooked a nice medium-rare, the cheese is gooey and. . .cheesy, the lettuce is crisp and fresh, the tomato is flavorful and juicy, the bun is firm yet not overwhelming, and there is a sauce on the whole thing that I find unnecessary yet it is totally savory and alluring.  This is a damn good burger…nowhere near my favorite in the world, but if you are here in Chiang Mai and you need a break from the wonderful Thai food all around you, then you can’t go wrong with this little taste of the fat western world. . .enjoy!

I send you totally respectable vibes from the Beast Burger truck in Chiang Mai. . .feel them. . .they will fill in quite nicely until you get back ‘home.’

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It’s lovely out there.