One of Stray's TEFL class mates, 'S', has returned home to a quite village just outside of Chiang Rai, now that the course is over. We were lucky enough to pay him and his friends a visit over the weekend. At the Chiang Mai bus station Stray goes off to find out at which platform our bus will be arriving, because this time he bought second class return tickets and tells me he doesn't think its the usual VIP Green Bus. Instead he points to this...which looks much nicer in the photo, than in real life.
..."and we only have second class" he says, "we'll be up the back with the chickens." I know the bus is going to Chiang Rai, because I can actually read the writing now.
I know him well and wasn't surprised when our real chariot arrived. Even in second class, the Green Buses are cheap, comfortable and air conditioned, you just don't get the first class snack and bottle of water...whoop dee doo.
'S' has reclaimed the main house on his Mum's property, which has been uninhabited for many years...she has retreated further into the hills to a small house in amongst farms and utter silence.
|The river behind the property, which is not visible from the house because of a high earth wall, built to help stop flooding.|
On our first night we were treated to a BBQ. Soup stock is poured into the outer section and filled with tofu and vegetables. Pieces of fat are placed onto the peak of the BBQ, to lubricate the prawns and meat being cooked on the grill section...all is placed on a clay pot cooker, filled with hot coals. Of course the meal wouldn't be complete without sticky rice and various chili condiments.
Then it's just a case of sitting around talking, cooking, drinking and eating, until you can't eat or move any more. The soup just keeps getting better and better as the night goes on, and as meat accidentally plops into the broth and the flavours intensify.
The house is huge! Every time I turned around there seemed to be another room...or door to another room. I would have loved to have seen it in its hay day. It's still filled with some beautiful furniture and old, unique artwork and ornaments...and I couldn't help but poke around a bit.
|Lamp and carvings|
|Old man painted on paper which has been overlaid with leaf skeletons|
Good company, good food and no loud Korean neighbours or traffic noise. What better way is there to chill out and relax?
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