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Day 327: Back Home to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai(ny) Days

After a vacation, it’s not uncommon to want that holiday from the holiday. It became clear post-China that the “holiday” was really a simple desire to return home to a place familiar and grounding. That place was Thailand, of course.

First place to come to mind, first place I’ve returned to for a second time on this trip. I thought I’d give my camera a vacation from tourist subject matter, and find joy in the mundane. The mundane-ness of everyday living and being is a marvelous feeling, and one that I missed after a month of being away.

A reunion with Wylie in Chiang Mai, followed by a short trip up to Chiang Rai which can be summed up in three experiences – a rainy motorbike trip-visa run to Myanmar which gave me a deep appreciation for face masks, a cat café first (um....AMAZING), and long overdue visit to the White Temple – and finally, the grand finale of coming down with the flu almost immediately mid-Thai massage made for a uniquely adventurous and strange segue into the 10-day silent retreat to follow.

You might notice I have one too many photos of cats, and Wylie. To be expected after a month of certain withdrawals of favorite things?

But, of course.

I swear, she never grows. Little friend at Peppermaint Cafe being cuddly as always

I swear, she never grows. Little friend at Peppermaint Cafe being cuddly as always

Little friend at Giant Guesthouse, Wylie's home for two months

Little friend at Giant Guesthouse, Wylie's home for two months

Waiting at the bus station after a much needed Thai massage

Waiting at the bus station after a much needed Thai massage

Onwards to Chiang Rai

Onwards to Chiang Rai

Creeping on Wylie while he naps and I admire the pretty counters and textures of his face and beard 

Creeping on Wylie while he naps and I admire the pretty counters and textures of his face and beard 

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I make a good pillow, clearly

I make a good pillow, clearly

Found a vibed out bed and breakfast featuring super cool photos of the recently deceased King

Found a vibed out bed and breakfast featuring super cool photos of the recently deceased King

I think this cat likes me

I think this cat likes me

Cobra kinda morning 

Cobra kinda morning 

Lesson for us all: when motorbiking on a highway from Chiang Rai to Myanmar, and back, always ALWAYS wear protection. And throw up them peace signs for added coolness.

Lesson for us all: when motorbiking on a highway from Chiang Rai to Myanmar, and back, always ALWAYS wear protection. And throw up them peace signs for added coolness.

Cats just wanna have fun

Cats just wanna have fun

Field trip to the While Temple in Chiang Rai. Hands down, most interesting temple on this entire trip (if you're ever feeling 'templed out,' as one does in Southeast Asia, make sure to visit this)

Field trip to the While Temple in Chiang Rai. Hands down, most interesting temple on this entire trip (if you're ever feeling 'templed out,' as one does in Southeast Asia, make sure to visit this)

I like a temple that keeps it real 

I like a temple that keeps it real 

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Onwards to the Cat Cafe!

Onwards to the Cat Cafe!

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Back home to Chiang Mai - found a sweeeeeeet guesthouse with 10 windows, private balcony and serious space for all your morning yoga needs

Back home to Chiang Mai - found a sweeeeeeet guesthouse with 10 windows, private balcony and serious space for all your morning yoga needs

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Wylie got a new iPad and made a pretty picture 

Wylie got a new iPad and made a pretty picture 

I saw a lot of this bed the next few days as it became clear, I had the flu :(

I saw a lot of this bed the next few days as it became clear, I had the flu :(

Tiffany Wen