Welcome to Chiang Mai

It’s 6:30pm and I’m home alone with Hugo. We were supposed to go to dinner with the outgoing Academic Director of Pac-Rim, but Hugo fell asleep on the way to the restaurant. That full-body-is-limp sleep that only small children can achieve while being carried across a busy street, motorbikes whizzing by. It’s been an exhausting couple of days to say the least. I carried his hot sleepy body home, and Gareth will bring me some take out.

As we were driving to the airport yesterday (or was it the day before? I’ve lost track) I kept thinking about how Hugo was just a newborn when we agreed to take him on this trip, when it seemed impossibly far in the future. And now, here we are at the end of our first full day in Thailand!

The flight went well, although Hugo was more excited about the trucks at the airport than the airplanes.

High lift trucks! Conveyer trucks! Push-out tractors!

High lift trucks! Conveyer trucks! Luggage carts!

We arrived in the middle of the night, which usually I don’t like because you can’t get a good first look at a place, but it was kind of nice to get to the apartment and just collapse.

Our apartment is near the university and a temple with a seven story golden stupa. We did a bit of exploring this morning, poking around at the temple and eating some spicy noodles for lunch.

H at temple

Exploring the neighborhood

We have a few more days to sleep off our jet lag and get settled in before the students arrive. I’ll also break out the good camera and take some better photos to share. Now to enjoy a rare bit of quiet time!

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