I feel like I am in Marfa, Texas or New Orleans, but no, we are here in Chiang Mai, Thailand enjoying topnotch coffee and tea served out of this saffron-colored van parked inside the grounds of a wat on Ratchadamnoen Road right next to the police station in the heart of the Old Quarter. In the evening after the monks have finished their chanting the wats of Chiang Mai become social and communal centers. . .people are allowed to set up food shacks, massage stalls, tables selling ‘art’ and other various trinkets, and this wat in particular has a guy peddling coffee and tea out of a van that he has jam-packed with a high-end espresso machine, tea pots, coffee steepers, jars with all sorts of flavorings, etc. and so on. . .it all looks warm and tasty and inviting, so we saunter up and order a mango ice-tea and a hot latte. The dude takes his time preparing both items and when they are delivered to us we are extremely satisfied. The mango ice-teat is mango-ee and refreshing. . .the latte is coffee-ish and creamy–just the way I like it. . .mmmm, aaaahh!!
We enjoy drinking ice-tea and hot coffee in the early evening surrounded by giant old banyan trees, images of the Buddha, saffron and golden wraps on all of the flora, the light and easy chit-chatting of Thai folks buying and selling snacks, the sight of folks enjoying foot massages, the chirping of birds, the occasional gecko skirting by, and in the presence of each other–the nomads of southeast Asia breathing in and out as we enjoy the passage of time here in Chiang Mai. “Namaste” to you all.
Do something really nice for yourself today. . .you deserve niceness.
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It’s lovely out there/here.