I write this in a hotel room north of Chiang Mai because we'd reached the end of the rope a bit with our last place and decided to move on yesterday. The place in Hang Dong was...rustic. It felt like camping. Camping and I parted ways when I was a child and my brother spilled rootbeer on the table in our tent trailer. He didn't tell anyone and we went for dinner. When we returned (through clouds of mosquitoes) we found the table carpeted with black flies. That was it for me. The split was amicable. Camping and I are still acquaintances.
I can camp for short periods of time in cabins so I was okay with this place. Two weeks is a long time however. The fact you need to keep everything in the fridge to keep bugs off of it, we got used to. Sure the fridge barely works but it's $23 a night! And the many, many, (many) lizards on the walls weren't really that bad because that's South East Asia and they eat the bugs. Yes, it was noisy during the day but the owner was building other guesthouses and at night people shot off firecrackers til the wee hours.
So, the day before yesterday, when I went to grab my towel to have a shower (in the bathroom with open windows to the outside) and a frog jumped out at me and then into the toilet and I noticed a dead lizard on the floor, I was very proud of myself that I just thought, "only three more sleeps" and "I'll shower tomorrow". But, when I walked into the bedroom, David said, "I'm tired of this place, lets go somewhere else for three nights" I practically pushed him out of the way to get onto Hotels.com and start searching. Thank God!
Thankfully we have earned a free night on Hotels.com so we only had to pay for two and we found this place on sale. It's a ridiculously huge two bedroom apartment and it's air conditioned which is heaven. Oh sweet air conditioning, how we've missed you! And it has a bath tub!! Just because I'm now used to showers does not make me like them.
We walked over to the McDonalds after that to meet with an American blogging family, The Wagoner's from http://wagonersabroad.com/. They sold their house in 2012 and moved to Spain and then recently moved to Chiang Mai. I read their blog and mentioned in a comment that we were coming to Chiang Mai. Heidi emailed back that we should meet up and we did. It was great to meet the whole family.
Then we parted ways and we enjoyed more of the Night Market. A elderly man was giving free hugs. David and Bereket each got one (E and I didn't even see him). There were so many beautiful crafts to buy. There were things you'd expect to see, traditional Thai type things but also knitted and crocheted things that Eskedar and I thought Gram would have liked to see. It was really fun to walk through.
Kob Koon Kaaa (thank you) for reading!