I was very lucky to have two friends that I met in Canada come and visit me; Alyssa and Rabbie. Aly is also a Cuso volunteer but she is doing her placement in Laos. We had planned to spend Christmas together before we left Canada back in October. Rabbie is from Bangladesh and he took advantage of a trip back home to see his family, for a quick side visit to Myanmar.
My friend Maureen and her boyfriend Marco saved our Christmas Eve. They invited me to dinner and accepted two extra guests. We had so much fun and ate a lot of sea food!
We rented a boat for the day and we got to see how people live on the lake.
The Pindaya Cave
Bagan is a city that has thousands of old temples and pagodas. We arrived at our hotel at 3:00 am but our check in time wasn’t until noon (we got there a bit too early)! We were so tired that we ended up sleeping on the reception floor. At 6 am the receptionist sent us to the second floor and provided a mattress for us to use temporarily. Maybe he just wanted to clear the reception area!
We finally got a room at 8 am. Although we were tired, we started our tour at 10 am. This time we rented electric scooters (a whole day for only USD 5). We had such an amazing time! At the end of the day we got to see the sunset. It was magical!
This was my second time in this beautiful city but it was the first time exploring it on a scooter. It was definitely a different experience.
We had nothing planned…
new year's eve
Also, there is a 7/11 at every corner of the city. You can find delicious Thai tea there and ham and cheese sandwiches. That was our breakfast for 3 days. By Sunday I couldn’t drink Thai Tea any longer. Although I love it, it felt too sweet (Thai tea is red tea mixed with condensed and evaporated milk).
I had to stay in Thailand a bit longer to renew my Myanmar visa so I had a few more days to explore the city by myself.
Sunday was my time to do sightseeing. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my tripod to Bangkok so I could only take selfies on my phone or postal pictures on my camera. Below you will find all the beautiful places I got to see! I walked for six hours in 41 C and I didn’t bring a hat so I was very tired at the end of the day.
crossfit in bangkok
I forgot how much I loved Crossfit and how happy it makes me. The first day it felt so difficult and I felt very weak as I haven’t done a complete WOD since October. I’ve been doing pull ups, hand stands, double unders, and other things in Yangon but it is not the same. I felt stronger on the second day and almost died on the third day (Check picture 3 below to know why).
Thank you Ann for inviting us to stay in your beautiful apartment. I had a great time with your little monkey! Also, thank you for providing me with high speed internet. I wouldn’t have been able to upload these videos and pictures if it wasn’t for you!
Thank you Sabbir for being a Thailand ambassador showing us so many places and taking us everywhere!