Going with the Flow of Life in Phrae, Thailand – Photos

This last foray into Northern Thailand I jumped far off the tourist circuit, rolled the dice, and ended up in Phrae, a town short on sightseeing and farangs, but full of real life and friendly Thais not yet jaded by constant contact with tourists. I relished discovering the town’s rhythm – the cool mornings as locals headed to work shouting greetings, the sleepy afternoons when the graceful old temples and teak houses slumbered to the lullaby of dry leaves scattering across the pavement, and the sudden burst of humanity as school children poured into the streets and people descended upon the food carts and night markets.

For a short two night stay, I experienced a lot of life: a Valentine’s Day night market as local bands showed off their talent and children darted from stall to stall eating spicy meat on sticks. A local gathering of no less than 5 motorcycle clubs, battling verbally over which club is the best with the conspicuous farang. Pilgrimage temples resounding with shuffling feet and clanging bells as Thais lit candles and circled the chedis to make merit for the new year. College girls eager to practice their English and show me the best “milk bar” in town. I left wanting more of the ebb and flow of life in Phrae.

To view my photo slide show, click on the link below.

Phrae 2015

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About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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