Wow, just like that, after 3 flights equaling 23 hours, transit time of 8 hours, totaling 31 hours of travel with 70 kilos of luggage, and an 8 yo in tow, I’m happy to report we are doing great in Chiang Mai.
M at Frankfurt airport during a 5 hour layover before our flight to BKK
When we left CM, we really didn’t think we’d come back home with a lot of luggage. It turns out that we had a lot of kids clothes donated to M from her cousins. We decided to bring a lot the ones even M could not fit o Chiang Mai so that we can donate them to the Akha village kids in the coffee farm.
Given that we’ll be moving into a bigger place in October, we decided to bring back some other items like the Wii. M is super excited about the Wii and so are we.
We did have to pay for luggage from BKK to CNX on Air Asia since our flight was only to BKK. I was actually worried about how I’ll manage the large pieces of luggage in BKK airport and then check them in again to CNX. Thank goodness for luggage carts, I didn’t have too many problems.
M at BKK airport at 6:30 in the morning
Though we brought Mort, (yes, Mort), with us all the way to BKK, somewhere between the restrooms at the arrival terminal to the check-in at AirAsia Counter, we lost MORT. We were mortified. Truly. He provided us comfort throughout our 2 long 11-hour-flights and then we had to go and lose him. We are deeply saddened for this loss, Joel. Thank you for placing Mort into our lives for over two years now. He will be missed, not jut by M, well, by her parents as well.
We’re happy to be home after a super summer in Texas. It’s just natural for us to get back into our lives here. We’ve had great Burmese and Thai food since we’ve been back and we continue to make our way around town to our favorite places one song teao ride at a time.
M has been playing with her bff, Elizabeth, since her return here, she’s forgotten to eat lately. And that says a lot because, like her mother, she LIKES to eat! Elizabeth and her family also went back to Korea for one month and they too just returned just two days before we did. Of course, M and Elizabeth came home yesterday with a bag of foodie-goodies as a gift from the Korean family. It’s going to be a tough transition for M when we move to a new place in October. I hope Elizabeth’s Mom will continue to allow Elizabeth to play with M even after we move.
M and Elizabeth, BFF reunited in Chiang Mai (we arrived to our apartment around 11am, and they were playing together by around 2pm with the Play Doh set we brought back!)
Next week, we will be paying M’s tuition at school, purchase a new set of uniforms (the ones from last year are no longer white, they are gray), and get ready for a new school year in Chiang Mai.
Wow, this is M’s 2nd year of schooling in an international school in Chiang Mai away from her Montessori school in Houston.
All in all, we’re doing great.
It’ great to be home. And soon, we will make rounds to spend time with our friends and begin our search for a new home in Chiang Mai.
Oh, by the way, we’ve gone from owning 24 hangers to 40! GASP!
Still not so bad compared to the useless stuff we used to own in our home in Texas.