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  • Day8

    A Big Decision in Chiang Mai

    September 20 in Thailand

    From Brazil I came back to Thailand. In April 2017 I spent three charming weeks here, so I decided to dig in and explore seriously. Now that I have been living internationally for over a year, “exploring” no longer means traveling around with a set itinerary. Instead, I am improvising my stays according to what makes me happy, excited, and intrigued.

    I have made the decision to stay here in Chiang Mai, which is the third-largest city in Thailand. FindPenguins comes with the satellite map, so you can see where I am exactly. I will be here until October 31st, and most likely will extend that until December, when I fly back to the US. I love my spacious and comfortable apartment.
    Here is a link to the Airbnb site so you can see what it looks like: https://abnb.me/PjtZrIiUrQ I love my little neighborhood (I have become a “neighborhood person”) and I find the location to be perfect: just within the ancient city walls, yet separated from the tourist bustle further south. Despite the big city congestion, I like being here for all the possibilities a big city offers.

    I have also made a much more momentous decision: I am devoting myself to learning Thai. I just can’t have the kind of experiences I have enjoyed in countries where I was fluent unless I make the same effort here. So all day long, until late afternoon, I am Pomidoro-ing my studies—twenty-five minutes study, five minutes total break, repeat. There are longer breaks to eat and do my exercises, but I still listen to Thai podcasts, and read about Thai culture and history. Also, I have two teachers (via Skype), one for teaching me all I ask to know, and the other for one hour of “this is how we talk” conversation. I am trying to memorize vocabulary as rapidly as possible with spaced repetition practice. Memorize memorize memorize—it’s my new name!

    I am at such an elementary level that I can’t really bother people on the street with much more than a short short conversation. However, in a stroke of luck I met a photographer/artist who is desperately keen to learn English, so we are teaming up for a daily language exchange. His English is slightly ahead of my Thai. We are roaring into the improvement of both our language abilities with fervor. And lo! There is a long-lived Language Exchange every Wednesday and Saturday evenings at a pub close to my apartment. The first time I went there I met Thais, Americans, Chinese, Brits, Koreans and Canadians present! I also signed up to be a member of a “foreign language challenge,” called the Add1Challenge. Here is a link for more information: https://add1challenge.com/ Why? I thought it would be fun, and a sociable way to be fanatically intent on attaining fluency in ninety days.

    My visit to Brazil the last three months taught me the value of really being able to communicate in a foreign language: to talk and listen on an emotional level, which breaks down cultural barriers. My goal is never to “become” Brazilian, or Thai, or anything else. It is to become closer.

    And to have fun as I never have before!

    ฉันเรียนเพื่อสนุกกับชีวิต. “I study for life’s enjoyment.”
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  • Day43

    I first visited my friend Victoria Vorreiter in Chiang Mai in April 2017, to celebrate the culmination of twelve years of work. It is a great honor for me that she has agreed to describe that work for you here. She also has provided a few of her exquisite photos. —Dorée

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    To Dorée’s devotees, I send a warm ‘sawasdeekaa’ from northern Thailand. It is a pleasure to connect with you through this guest entry. I so appreciate Dorée’s invitation to add a new dimension to her adopted home by sharing my own journey in Southeast Asia.

    Dorée and I first met in 1980 as classical violinists and teachers in London. Over the years we have shared a deep belief in the power of music and its importance in the lives of young people. This keen awareness of the sonic environment has shifted for both of us, in different but complementary ways. Dorée has followed her passion for languages and I for documenting the ancestral music of traditional peoples living in remote corners of the world.

    My fascination with the primal role music plays in preliterate societies first began while teaching young children through the Suzuki Method, guiding them to absorb repertoire through their ears, rather than through their eyes. What I came to understand is that the “mother tongue method” is nothing more or less than oral tradition, the dynamic means used by all indigenous peoples through time and place to pass down everything they know about their world in an unbroken chain, from the first ancestors to all who follow. Historical accounts, tenets of behavior, life lessons, harvest principles, secular and ritual practices, and spiritual beliefs, all are revealed and sustained through songs and ceremonies. Isn’t this a wonder. And so began my quest. . .

    I first arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2005, with the sole intention of exploring the music, ceremonies, and cultures of the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, and China converge. This expanse of the Himalayan foothills has served over millennia as an historical and cultural crossroads of migrations, trade routes, and passages along the great rivers of Asia, which has given way to some of the world’s oldest civilizations. Here resides a rich multiplicity of more than 130 different groups and subgroups making this one of the most culturally rich places on the planet.

    Primary among this number are six distinct groups—the Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Hmong, Mien, and Karen, each with a unique history, language, physical features, customs, dress, arts, and spiritual beliefs—who continue to maintain their independence and identity to a high degree. Each of these groups is rooted in animism, the belief that everything in nature possesses a soul and the universe is organized by supernatural powers. Frequent rites, ceremonies, and festivals are performed throughout the year to maintain harmony between the realm of men and spirits.

    The medium propelling these rites is music, which appears throughout the diaspora in astounding diversity. Each ethnic group has developed a vast and varied repertoire of celebratory songs, ritual chants, and secular and sacred instrumental music that charts the arc of life, the cycles of seasons, and the wheel of generations. For the highlanders of Southeast Asia, music is ever-present and essential to their inner and outer lives.

    With my vision in mind, I have spent over a decade trekking to isolated mountain villages to document the significant thresholds of life—births, courtship rites, weddings, harvest rituals, festivals, healing ceremonies, and funerals—that are so spectacularly driven by melody and rhythm.

    Such a glorious, challenging, humbling adventure has allowed me to amass an extensive body of work—journals, films, photographs, recordings, and collections of musical instruments and textiles. This has given rise to the Songs of Memory archival projects, which include books, presentations, and multi-media exhibitions. It is hoped that these form an integrative whole that will help support and preserve the age-old culture and wisdom of the Akha, Lahu, Lisu, Hmong, Mien, and Karen peoples.

    Please enjoy the following images of the musicians, shamans, headmen, and villagers, young and old, who have graced my path. To explore further photographs, recordings, and films, to request materials, or to connect with me personally, please visit: www.TribalMusicAsia.com. It would be a joy and honor to introduce these archives to your community.

    Enormous gratitude goes to Dorée for giving me this opportunity to share the Songs of Memory project with you. And many thanks to you for your interest in the timeless cultural heritage of the Golden Triangle.
    With warmest wishes,
    Victoria
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  • Day32

    What Language Learning Looks Like

    October 14 in Thailand

    I am in heaven. Language learning heaven. I find that learning Thai here in Chiang Mai is like being in a pleasure ground, solving an enormous puzzle, playing with words, memorizing words, hearing blurs of words, accumulating pages and pages of words—and enjoying words with friendly and accommodating speakers who buoy me up with kindness.

    I spend the morning hours in my comfortable apartment learning vocabulary, practicing pronunciation, listening to native speaker recordings and sappy Thai love songs, and rehearsing talking with imaginary Thai friends so they can possibly understand me. It is easy to study with discipline—anyone who has practiced a musical instrument can appreciate the transfer of practice from one area to the other. It's not the musical background which makes a successful language learner; it's the D I S C I P L I N E. The repetition, the slow practice, the never-missing-a-day, the endless listening, the reviewing, the preparation for the performance, and finally the performance itself, which is SPEAKING WITH THE NATIVES.

    So after lunch and a quick nap, I dress, do hair and make-up, and hit the streets of Chiang Mai. Rather, I do my "route,” my speaking path, with a few sentences here, and a few sentences there. Greetings to my vegetable seller, a handsome man in his seventies; then past the local food stalls where I never eat but am always greeted hopefully by the owners; hello to the seamstress and her cat Mimi, and to the line-up of thuk-thuk and songthaew drivers outside the temples, who don't seem to mind a chat instead of a fare. It's on to laughter with Wanpen, whose younger brother takes me on tours; and finally to a choice of air-conditioned oases for an icy watermelon frappé and more studying. At 6 PM I meet my friend Wisamun for thirty minutes of English and thirty of Thai. I learn the words in Thai that he wants to know in English, and vice versa: we are learning each others’ words. We are like kids with comic books. It's so much fun! Then I walk home, musing, and wishing people on my way a very formal "raatrii sawaat"—"good night to you.”

    I also was accepted in something called the “Add1Challenge,” a program that is part of the website “Fluent in Three Months.” ( https://www.fluentin3months.com/) The challenge is to go from zero knowledge to having a fifteen-minute talk in one’s target language, with a native speaker, in ninety days. To be accepted, I had to post a short public video on YouTube explaining why I wanted to participate, and what my personal goal was. ( Link: https://youtu.be/8OxP8WpAtWw) The Challenge began on October 8th, and the first task was to make another public video for “Day Zero,” showing what my competency was. Here is mine: https://youtu.be/-AM7-kvm1YU

    There are over one hundred participants, studying many languages. We are connected on the work meeting app called Slack, which is a great pleasure. Many people contribute hints, resources, and support to the group as a whole, and to two study groups to which we are assigned. We can also be in touch with individual members. I have even met with another Thai learner, who happens to be staying near me in Chiang Mai! As I push to my individual goal, attaining a B1or B2 level of proficiency, I can do so in the company of others. Here is an explanation of “B1 B2” in the CEFR System: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

    Please note, everyone: I am not self-flagellating. I am not a masochist. This is FUN! Paradise! All of it! I am truly in heaven.

    Here are a few pictures.
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  • Day45

    Long Neck Village

    February 16 in Thailand

    Heute morgen gings in einen Nationalpark und in die Hills um die angesiedelten longneck wife zu sehen. Ein kleines Dorf in den Bergen. Ca. 45 min von Chiang Mai entfernt. Das Volk ist sehr freundlich und konnte sogar teilweise english zu meiner Begeisterung. Im Teenageralter kommen alle 1-2 Jahre ein Ring dazu, bis meist die grenze von 26 oder 27 erreicht ist. Eine Frau erfuhr ich, sie lebt in einen anderen Dorf, hatt es auf 28 geschafft.
    Da sagt bestimmt keiner mehr " Kopf hoch " 😃
    Hier gibt's echt viel Aktivitäten, vom Rafting bis Bungy Jumping, Höhlenexursionen, Wasserfälle in verschiedenen Nationalparks, Floosfahrten, Elefantencamps, Yogakurse und sogar einen Meditationstempel bei den Mönchen für jedermann.
    Und noch viel viel mehr...😎✌
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  • Day33

    Tag 33/34: Chiang Mai - Stadt

    February 10, 2017 in Thailand

    _Tag 33_
    9:00 Uhr Ankunft in Chiang Mai (Ortszeit) - THAILAND 🤗🎉
    Erfolgreicher Geldwechsel, dann ins Hostel, dann direkt das erste thailändische Essen probiert - viel, viel zu scharf natürlich 😅
    15:00 gehen ins Café von einem süßen Hostel ums Eck, planen dort die nächsten Tage.
    ☡ ACHTUNG: Linksverkehr ☡

    _Tag 34_
    11:00 Uhr besuchen den ersten kleinen Tempel, unterhalten uns mit einem Mönch namens "Wi Wachai". 😊
    Erkunden die Stadt zu Fuß, schauen uns dabei 4 Tempel und das "3 Kings Monument" an. Mieten uns dann ein Red Car Taxi und fahren den Berg westlich von Chiang Mai hinauf, zu dem großen "Wat Phrathat City Temple" in Doi Suthep. 🚗
    19:30 Uhr zurück in der Stadt, besuchen einen buddhistischen Gottesdienst im "Wat Chiang Man"-Tempel. 🏯 Dabei sitzen alle auf dem Boden vor den Buddha-Statuen, links ein paar Mönche in den typischen orangenen Gewändern, und es folgt ein scheinbar nie endender Sprechgesang auf Thailändisch. (Übrigens: Wat = Tempel, weshalb jeder Tempelname so beginnt)

    Erster Eindruck von Chiang Mai ist klasse! 🎉 Sehr sehr gutes Essen, schöne und interessante Stadt (Rahmen um die Altstadt durch einen Fluss, in Form eines Quadrates) und es gibt viel zu sehen, auch in der näheren Umgebung. 😍
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  • Day7

    Ciao Bangkok! Hallo Chiang Mai!

    February 13 in Thailand

    So heute war unser letzter Tag in Bangkok und wir haben uns zur Abwechslung Mal kein Fahrrad geliehen sondern sind einfach Mal touri typisch mit dem Taxi zum nächsten Einkaufscenter gefahren. Das Mal eben an die sieben Etagen hat! Hier bekommt man wirklich alles was das Herz begehrt. Anschließend ging es in Rekord-Zeit mit dem Taxi zurück zum Flughafen und wir hatten Dom Torretto (2 Fast 2 Furious) als Fahrer. Mein Gott... Das war schon geil! In Deutschland hätten wir für die Fahrt drei Mal lebenslänglich den Lappen abgeben können und unsere Kinder hätten den auch nur noch auf Bewährung bekommen.. 😂 Der Flug dagegen war entspannt und wir sind gut am Hotel angekommen. Das Hotel wirkt sauber und ist kleiner aber dafür auch schick eingerichtet, mit dem größten Bett das ich kenne! Also dann - gute Nacht!Read more

  • Day121

    Chiang Mai

    February 9 in Thailand

    Irgendwie hatten wir hier einen kleinen Hänger und waren überhaupt nicht an Sightseeing interessiert. 😅 Deshalb haben wir in Chiang Mai echt nur gechillt und sind ziellos durch die Stadt geirrt oder haben Billard gespielt und Kraft getankt für neue Abenteuer. 😅
    Immerhin haben wir uns entschieden mal einen Thai-Boxing-Kampf zu sehen und sind abends ins Box-"Stadion", um insgesamt 6 mehr oder weniger spannende Kämpfe mitzuerleben. Die meisten waren leider schon in der 2. Runde entschieden. 😂

    Jetzt sitzen wir aber auch schon am Flughafen und warten aufs Boarding für unseren Flug nach Mandalay in Myanmar. Dort sind wir hoffentlich wieder mit vollem Tatendrang unterwegs. 😄
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  • Day161

    Wir begannen den Tag mit einem fatalen Fehler, wir frühstückten..
    Denn gegen 9 Uhr wurden wir von dem Sammeltaxi einer Kochschule abgeholt und mit acht anderen Passagieren zu einem kleinen Markt gefahren. Dort erklärte uns Phon, eine der Köchinen, was man zum Kochen in der Thaiküche benötigt. Nun kennen wir einige Unterschiede zwischen den verschiedenen Ölen, Soßen, Gewürzen und Gemüsesorten, fragen uns allerdings ob die auch alle im heimischen Asia-Markt unseres Vertrauens auffindbar sind. Wohl eher nicht.. 😅
    Es gibt zum Beispiel gleich vier verschiedene Sorten Ingwer, die man nicht einfach so miteinander ersetzten darf. Auch die drei Auberginen-Arten sehen hier ganz anders aus, als die maßlos überzüchtete Sorte, die man aus Deutschland kennt. Wir schnupperten mitunter an der berühmten 'Thai-Schokolade' und sollten unsere Meinung zu dieser Leckerei abgeben. Dabei handelt es sich aber nicht um veredelte Kakaobohnen, sondern um Shrimp-Paste.. also nicht für die Verwandtschaft als Mitbringsel geeignet! 😂
    Obwohl wir jetzt schon so lange in Südostasien unterwegs sind, haben wir ziemlich viel neues gelernt. 😮

    Unsere Kochgruppe bestand aus Hongkongern, Koreanern und Israelis, die fachmännische Anleitung lieferten Ching, Noon und Phon. Jeder durfte an seinem eigenen Wok brutzeln und so konnten alle Handgriffe mal geübt werden. Es entstanden zahlreiche klassische Thai-Gerichte: Von der roten und grünen Chili-Paste, die wir fürs anschließende Curry brauchten, über Appetizer wie Papaya Salat und Frühlingsrollen, zu Hauptgerichten wie Tom Yam (Suppe), Pad Thai (Nudelgericht), Kokosnuss-Hähnchen (Suppe), Kao Soi (gebackene Nudeln in Curry) und Nachtisch wie Mango Sticky Rice und gebackenen Bananen mit Sesam und Eis war alles dabei (insgesamt zwölf Gerichte). Dabei kamen für uns eher ungewohnte Zutaten, wie diverse Chilis, Fisch- und Austernsauce sowie Zitronengras, in rauen Mengen zum Einsatz.
    Auch wenn es wirklich lecker war muss man fairnesshalber sagen, dass manche Thai-Gerichte absolute Geschmackssache sind. 😅

    Nach dem wir jeden Gang ratzekahl aufgegessen hatten rollten wir zum nahegelegenen Lanna Folklife Museum, für welches wir gestern geschickter Weise ein Kombiticket ergattert hatten. Dort wurde die Lebensweise der Lanna, die bereits am Vortag im Geschichtsmuseum angerissen wurde, tiefer thematisiert. Wieder eine unglaublich gute Ausstellung über Keramik, Weberei, Essen, Religion und Handel aber die Detailverliebtheit hat einen als Außenstehenden etwas erschlagen. 😵

    Wir schleppten uns zur Unterkunft, gönnten uns ein grandioses Mittagsschläfchen (die brauchen wir in letzter Zeit immer häufiger) und durchforsteten am Abend noch den nahegelegenen super-duper Samstags-Nachtmarkt. Wir freuten uns über die abwechslungsreichen Stände und die zahlreichen Essensmöglichkeiten. Jonas schnabulierte einen Maiskolben, gegrilltes Hähnchen und eine Schale voll Sushi-Happsen für zwei Euro, während Lisa leider nicht sehr schmackhaftes Pad Thai abbekommen hatte. Jetzt können wir das ja selber machen! 😝
    Wochenendemärkte sich echt was besonderes. 😍
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  • Day78

    Chiang Mai and controversial visits

    May 12, 2017 in Thailand

    Before I arrived in Chiang Mai we stopped in smaller Chiang Rai to see the White Temple. Pretty awesome, it looks like it could be something out of the ice age or maybe more likely Disney's 'Frozen' movie - it was definitely not frozen temperature however! The temple is shaped almost in a gothic style and glistend in the sun. Like many temples it depicts both good and evil themes, this one had skulls and bones at the front to represent evil. After that I took the three hour ride to Chiang Mai - this time it was a coach rather than a local bus (a bit more pleasant).

    Arriving there, for some unknown reason I was greeted with the warble of Celine Dion's 'My heart will go on'. Why? It seemed so out of place amongst the typical chart hits that dominate SE Asia. It wouldn't be the last time I heard that here either... odd.

    The next day I got my bearings and wandered around the city a bit. It's a nice place with the main area surrounded by a large moat, the people here seem more friendly too. The North is also famous for a great dish called Khao Soi; a soup with a chilli flavour and soft and crispy noodles - it was very tasty. In the evening I wondered around the night market and tried not to buy anything much to all the vendors' annoyance.

    So, the controversial part: I was slightly conflicted about going to the Tiger Kingdom. I'd read a few things and heard a few differing opinions but knew a number of people who had visited. I'd spoke to people previously who recommended it too and a couple of backpackers I'd met on the boat from Laos were also keen to see it. So much to my mother's probable horror (I imagine), we decided to go and see it for ourselves and play with tigers. 🐯

    Verdict: it was actually pretty cool, I was pleased to see the tigers wern't drugged, some were running around and two of them were play fighting each other quite aggressively. The place and pens could have been a little larger ideally and obviously they were quite tame - for tigers! When it came time to step into the cage with one I was slightly anxious but I'd watched a few other people do it and emerge unscathed so we headed in and had our photo with a couple of massive tigers and stayed in their presence for a while. One was asleep but woke up and looked at me, it wasn't bothered but it's pretty freaky being face to face with one. The trainer said to pet it firmly on its back as otherwise they might think you are a fly and swat you which probably isn't the best outcome for a successful visit. I petted as hard as you'd pat a large dog. It behaved like my cat, just a giant one - it was yawning and rolling around and occasionally it would take interest in something else - at least it didn't scratch! It was amazing to be so close to it.

    Obviously the conflicting part is they aren't in the wild and are bred in captivity as unfortunately they are poached relentlessly. They seemed relatively happy - I guess they are used to relying on humans for everything but it's a shame for them. We also went into a small lions pen and had a few pics there. This was a young lion and it was pretty lively - it was probably about the size of a big dog but way more powerful. I got the best selfie with it. I'd wanted to see the baby tigers too but they wernt being bred during this season so unfortunately there was none there, we did see a baby lion being played with by the staff though - it ran around like a puppy. All in all I was ok with the visit - whilst it was awesome to be in the animals presence, ultimately they should be wild and free, but they are in danger so I guess this is one way to keep the species going - definitely wouldn't be allowed in the UK - once again health and safety is Asia's top priority... not! 🙄

    The next day I attended a Thai cooking class, it was excellent. I made a Pad Thai, a Tom Yom soup and a Massaman curry - delicious. We got a cook book too which was great so maybe I can actually recreate a couple of things if I can get hold of the ingredients. Good luck finding a kaffir lime Dan! I think mine may have to substituted a little, and I reckon not quite so spicy! 😰

    One of the most popular activities to do in Chiang Mai is to go to an elephant sanctuary. I mean they call them sanctuaries but you can never be sure. There's literally dozens and they all seem to offer a similar formula. I was keen to go to one where you don't ride them, as the ones that are ridden are very often really abused. I picked a camp (Elephant Jungle Sanctuary) based on chatting to a few people and good ol Trip Advisor. I chose a half day experience - we fed the elephants (you had to wear this odd outfit so they recognised you had food) surely holding the food would have been enough...? We also had a mud bath with them and then washed them off in the river - it was great. They are cheeky animals always attempting to steal food. A baby elephant stood on my foot the little bugger (At least it wasn't his mum, otherwise I wouldn't have a foot anymore!) The elephants seemed happy enough here too. The trainers said that some had been rescued from riding. I don't know, like the tigers, elephants are wild animals and really ought to stay as such but they looked healthy and were certainly getting plenty to eat. I swear every one of them went through about ten big bunches of bananas and they were still hungry. 🍌🍌🍌

    I got back to the hostel and went to the pool for a while. I got involved with a game of water volleyball with a ridiculously competitive American - he might as well have been in the Olympics the way he was behaving (it's just a game man).

    Went for dinner and what do you know... Celine Dion's playing again... perplexing.
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  • Day16

    Parks und Tempel

    March 4, 2017 in Thailand

    Morgens erstmal um die Ecke lecker Frühstücken mit Nutellabrot. Dann mit Tuk Tuk in den Park auf den Spielplatz und Fische füttern nur das die Tauben dort extrem aufdringlich sind hier wird überall an Plätzen Vogelfutter verkauft. Dann weiter zum War Pra Shuraya der komplett mit Silber überzogen ist auch der Boden. Nur das Frauen diesen nicht betreten dürfen. Leia fand dass extrem unfair und wirklich erklären konnten wir das auch nicht... dann weiter zu einem Cafe das in einem Terakottagarten liegt. Da der TukTuk fahrer den Weg nicht kannte haben wir ihn mit GoogleMaps navigiert da dort der Fussgängermodus aktiv war sind wir mitten durch einen Markt gefahren aber er fands lustig von dem her alles gut... dann nach ner Runde Kuchen und Eis ging es zu einem weiteren Tempel da sollte es eigentlich ein Labyrinth geben das war dann nicht da dafür wieder Fische fütternnund sehr interessierte Mönche mit denen wir eine Weile gesprochen haben. Dann ins nächste Tuk Tuk dannach ons Lanna Museum über die lokalen Ethnien das war so mittel interessant. Mittagessen beim Inder und zum ausgiebigen Mittagsschlaf ins Hotel.Read more

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