Celebration

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It’s officially summer! And that means soaking in every last ray between now and the end of August. 

But of course, just because the sun is shining and the air is warm and the mood is light doesn’t mean life stops. Things happen. Not so good things happen, yes, even in summer.

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EXPLORING WITHOUT AN AGENDA
One of my favourite things about travelling is stumbling upon those unexpected moments of discovery. Nick and I love wandering around, just seeing what lies around the corner. Our friend Kirkie calls it ‘loose structure’: Have an idea of where to start, then just let things happen. We often started at a known tourist attraction, such as the beautiful wats around Chiang Mai’s old city, then stepped outside and just started walking. One of our favourite finds was the little back alleys of the city, dotted with tiny cafes, hostels, restaurants and food stalls. We got a taste of daily life unrolling  in these quiet, narrow lanes. High-res

EXPLORING WITHOUT AN AGENDA

One of my favourite things about travelling is stumbling upon those unexpected moments of discovery. Nick and I love wandering around, just seeing what lies around the corner. Our friend Kirkie calls it ‘loose structure’: Have an idea of where to start, then just let things happen. We often started at a known tourist attraction, such as the beautiful wats around Chiang Mai’s old city, then stepped outside and just started walking. One of our favourite finds was the little back alleys of the city, dotted with tiny cafes, hostels, restaurants and food stalls. We got a taste of daily life unrolling in these quiet, narrow lanes.
Golden Parasol
A little watercolour of this monk who was walking ahead of us across the bridge on a hot Chiang Mai morning. He was carrying a luminous golden parasol that I thought was just brilliant. What a great fashion statement — though I don’t think he was intending on making one! High-res

Golden Parasol

A little watercolour of this monk who was walking ahead of us across the bridge on a hot Chiang Mai morning. He was carrying a luminous golden parasol that I thought was just brilliant. What a great fashion statement — though I don’t think he was intending on making one!
Lunch time at the wat
We arrived at Wat Phra Singh, located within the walled city of Chiang Mai, right around lunch time. Marigold-wrapped monks, many of them young boys, were taking their lunch, gathered convivially around low tables in the temple. They didn’t seem to notice the tourists much. One of the head monks spoke to them after eating over the microphone, followed by chanting. Afterwards, a gong sounded and they were all up on their feet, cleaning up and putting away the tables. It happened all so fast…it seemed within minutes they had all disappeared! High-res

Lunch time at the wat

We arrived at Wat Phra Singh, located within the walled city of Chiang Mai, right around lunch time. Marigold-wrapped monks, many of them young boys, were taking their lunch, gathered convivially around low tables in the temple. They didn’t seem to notice the tourists much. One of the head monks spoke to them after eating over the microphone, followed by chanting. Afterwards, a gong sounded and they were all up on their feet, cleaning up and putting away the tables. It happened all so fast…it seemed within minutes they had all disappeared!