But I think if you give me about 3-4 weeks I could find my way across the ocean somehow...Maybe not, but I'm trying to make a point here...I chose the cheapest/slowest shipping today for a package back to the states and for 980 Baht they said it'll arrive in St. Charles sometime in the next 3 months.
3 months?? Haven't we advanced beyond 'around the world in 80 days'? (update: maybe 80 days isn't so bad. Sorry guys - your package may or may not be home for Chrismas.
In other news...
The elephants in Chiang Mai were indeed 'the business'. Due to a temporary shortage, our 10 person tour group only had four elephants at our disposal. Each elephant has a seat that holds 2 people, soo...a few of us got to ride on the neck of the elephant instead. I honestly thought I was going to fall off at some point during the trek...unlike the others who were happy to stay on the path, our elephant was a little trailblazer and I was waiting for a stray branch or sharp turn to throw me off. With each step I could feel the elephant's shoulder blades shift under me so I was constantly trying to counterbalance his every move. In time I sort of got the hang of it, although I'm sure I looked pretty unstable the whole trip.
After riding giants we took a much tamer ride on a bamboo raft down a small river. I got to co-steer for a while, but as much as I tried I didn't seem to have any direct impact on the direction of our raft. We didn't go any faster or slower than the rafts with only one driver, and no matter how hard I pushed we seemed to follow the exact same path as everyone else down the river.
Took an adverturous scooter ride around downtown Chiang Mai a couple of days ago. It started off pretty overwhelming...traffic everywhere (on opposite sides of the road), shift with the left foot, break with the right. Where's the horn, where's the turn signal, what lane should I be in, where are the lanes, how many lanes are there??? Eventually I made it out of the city and got to ride some great twisting roads up and down a mountainside.
Got up to around 90 kph (50-60mph) and thought I was doing pretty good on my way down...until I was passed by this grandma carrying some stuff from the market. Guess I still need some more practice (or maybe I just need a better bike...hey Rummel - can you ship me yours?? I'll look for it sometime in '05 :)
Gotta run, off to catch a bus to Chiang Rai!