07.18.2016 - 07.18.2016 87 °F
We got up around 11:00 a.m. today; Kaela is still not feeling well and I felt that she needed the extra time to sleep in. I'd rather wait until Kaela is feeling better to explore the city because I want to discover each street and corner together, regardless of how many there are. We are enjoying our time together as man and wife, and we also seem to be getting back into the groove of traveling together and exploring new places and countries together once more. With each new place that we discover together, I feel that we grow together as a couple. It is quite the experience!
We started off our morning around 11:00 a.m. I felt that Kaela needed to sleep in a few minutes, and we didn't have any plans until noon. I read my Game of Thrones books until Kaela woke up (they are incredibly good) and she finally woke up when I accidentally hit my knee against the bedpost. Oops! Anyways, it was about time she woke up! After she woke up, we both took our time to get ready for the day (I read another chapter) and then we walked out the door around ten minutes before noon. We were planning on meeting Linda (who lives in and is from Chiang Mai), who is a friend of Eric Angerer. We met her just down the street at Butter is Better (the delicious diner that we ate at yesterday) and she drove us to the far end of Chiang Mai that we weren't able to explore yet. She took us to a local restaurant that we had not, and definitely would not, have been to if not for her. It was delicious! Although we do not know the name (a picture is featured below) we had a delicious serving of chicken wings, a delicious coleslaw, a half of a chicken, and a spicy pork dish. The entire menu is in Thai and we definitely would not have been able to eat at this restaurant if not for Linda! We had a fantastic time getting to know each other and Linda's cousin, Colleen, eventually joined us for lunch. We went to coffee afterwards at what appeared to be the best coffee place in Thailand, since it placed in the top 3 of coffee artistry shops in the world at a recent art conference. I ordered a "satan latte" since the description said that it was the world champion in 2013 and 2015 or something like that, and Kaela ordered and iced coffee. Both were delicious!
Once we finished our coffee, Linda and Colleen dropped us off back at our residence and we rested inside until dinner. We both thought that lunch was so delicious (we haven't had Khao Soi yet, our plan is to have it tomorrow). We looked up some details for tomorrow (we are planning on hiking Sticky Falls) and we hung out around the apartment until it was time to head out for dinner. We decided to try a different cuisine tonight, and we went to an Israeli restaurant called Sababa. It was absolutely delicious! Kaela got a bean soup with pita bread while I got the classic Schnitzel with hummus and a mediterranean salad. It was all so good! We finished everything that they gave us. After dinner, we quickly headed home for a quick break before heading out to explore Chiang Mai in the night hours. Our first stop was the Roof Top Bar, but we seemed to get side-tracked by the daily night market in our neighborhood. We ended up getting a few items for souvenirs for loved ones (and a cute bag for Kaela herself) before continuing on for the night. Next to the night market there was a cute food truck market that featured various types of foods and a live band! We ended up stopping in the area for a quick refreshment and snack (I got japanese curry and chicken katsu with rice; it was absolutely delicious for less than $3.00!).
After we finished at the delicious street food market, we continued on to the Roof Top Bar. This location was recommended to us by Linda earlier in the day so we figured we might a well check it out. You can't wear shoes on the top floor of the bar since it is all located on tatami type mats, so we both enjoyed a drink while sitting on cushions located on the floor around several low tables. We soaked in the atmosphere for 20-30 minutes until we were ready to move on to the next location of the night: Zoe in Yellow.
This was another bar that was highly recommended to us by multiple people who have been to Chaing Mai before, so we figured that we might as well check it out while we can! We did the 15 minute walk over and we soon began to hear music. We figured that it just must be a popular street but, as it turned out, it was all coming from Zoe in Yellow! This was an enormous bar/night club that is located on both sides of the street and, as Kaela so eloquently put it, they were "playing jams" the whole time. We both got a drink and hung out there for 20 minutes or so until the lights came on, assumingly meaning that the bar would be closing at 12:00 a.m. At this point, we left and started walking back to our apartment, which was 20-30 minutes away. We trekked through the hike back and, soon enough, ended up back at our apartment. We are both exhausted at this point, and we are planning on getting up earlier that we have been recently to rent a moped and drive 90 minutes our to the stick waterfalls hike. So, we definitely need to get our rest tognith! We are excited for the day ahead and it should be quite the adventure! Until tomorrow...
Justin and Kaela
Zoe in Yellow!
Roof Top Bar!
Walking through Chiang Mai #whereswifey
Delicious snack at the food truck market! It would be hard to find Japanese curry this good in Japan..
Schnitzel dinner: Israeli food!
The lunch place that we went to with Linda!