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11.05.2009 - 12.05.2009 28 °C
"Give me walking shoes, feathered arms and a key to Heaven's gate" ("World Falls", Indigo Girls)
Yesterday, was a travel day. I like travel days. I get to sing along to my ipod while staring out the window of the bus. Of course, first we had to get on the bus and that entailed a two hour wait at a rather hot, new bus station in Mae Hong Son. There were no eating establishments or internet cafes to provide distraction. Just two horses, a handful of handsome young army chaps and several other people.
The scenery seems to be getting even more spectacular. The road was windy and steep and sometimes followed ridgelines that fell away steeply on both sides. The mountains are more prominent and stand sharply against the skyline. The villages were more rustic. After a couple of hours we arrived in Soppong. If it was raining I would have called this blog Sopping Soppong. But it didn't rain 'til evening. We had a few spots of rain in Mae Hong Son a couple of nights ago but the rain last night was of the tropical downpour variety. I has wisely picked a bungalow fairly close to the main building so it didn't affect us too much. Except the temperature dropped to 23 degrees. Katherine and I looked at each other and said "Brrrr, it's cold!"
There is a group of university students from a university in Qatar staying here working on a community development project. They are from various countries but mainly the Middle East. They are building a kitchen for the community hall in Tham Lod village. We'll stop by one day and see what they are up to.
The next few days will be full of walking and caving adventures. I won't get into the serious caving that you can do here as you need company for that, but there are caves that you can visit with a guide and a headtorch.
In one month today I turn 40. What can I say about that? Not much. It happens, like turning 39 or turning 41. Though I am happy to report that I have no grey hairs and my teeth are in good shape.