I know, I know, its been forever since I last posted. But I have been a very bust lady. SO busy that I am going to be writing about my spring break in two, possibly even three installments.
Spring break started off strong with Songkran, the Thai new year where everyone takes off three (or more) days of work to revert back to their childhood selves and spray everyone in sight with water, particularly those unsuspecting tourists that obviously don’t want to get wet (hint: that was not me).
As Chiang Mai is surrounded by a giant moat, it is the perfect venue for this city wide water gun fight. And when I say city wide I don’t think you can actually comprehend how city-wide this event actually is. The neighborhood kids that live behind your favorite mom and pop bar chase you as soon as you step out of the comforts of your building, the professional photographer that took your last minute passport pictures cackles as he aims his high powered water hose at your face, the kind street vendor comes by and smears powered sunscreen all over your face so your skin won’t darken, the familiar songthoaw drivers strap industrial sized trash bins full of water to the back, everyone is a target and everyone is smiling*.
Highlights from Day One of Songkran:
We started off the day meandering down Nimman and ended up at the newest mega mall in Chiang Mai, Maya. The outside of Maya was bumpin’ aka there were huge posters, two very large stages, very loud music, plenty of people around, huge “water refill stations” which are crucial during Songkran, and an MTV camera crew, so obviously we headed over. We were the only farang around so we filled up our guns and started dancing around squirting people on the stage and basically acting like the crazy people we are. Pegeen proceeded to jump into one of the refill stations and a camera crew rushed over to film the crazy farangs, so obviously we took advantage of their interest in us and started hoopin and hollerin and spraying everyone near us screaming “HAPPY SONGKRANNN!!” So basically we became thai MTV Splash superstars and you should check out our work. It’s pretty artistic and moving.
We headed to Tae Phae Gate because we had heard that it was nuts over there and were overwhelmed by what we found. There were stages lining the outside of the gate, all blasting their own music with over 50 people spilling over each stage. There were so many people it was nearly impossible to move. Walking just two blocks took us over 45 minutes but we finally came to an area that was a bit less crowded so we decided to stay. And then we noticed a truck with six Thai guys in uniforms (pink shirts and sweatpants, if you can call that a uniform) standing in the back. The truck was playing some great music so we asked if they wanted some company and climbed aboard. We spent the next hour and a half dancing on a stage on the back of a truck spraying everyone that walked past and occasionally dumping buckets full of water on their heads. It was certainly the highlight of my water fight. I only wish I could find the pictures that the company took of us to share them with all four of my fans.
Favorite quote from the festival is from our friend Jack while he was being pelted with water from three Thais, he smiled and said: “I just feel so connected with all of humanity,” oh Jack…
We spent two days doing Songkran in Chiang Mai and then took an overnight train to Bangkok for the final day where we trolled around the mega malls (no really, they’re more mega than you think) with Ally’s parent’s friend from college, Tip. She was great and treated us to a delicious lunch and let us sleep at her house for four hours before we had to wake up at 3 am to catch our flight to Bali.
this is the end of spring break part one but here is a preview of part two:
Till next time.
* except for the aforementioned unsuspecting tourists that looked like they were about to cry