Chiang Mai Sunset

A temple with a glimpse of the mountains in the distance

A temple with a glimpse of the mountains in the distance

A few days ago, we decided to try and find a vintage clothing shop in Chiang Mai’s old city around sunset. We didn’t have much luck finding the shop at first, but it did give us a great chance to explore Chiang Mai and play around with the HDR setting on our camera. It was a particularly lovely evening, and we had a great time saying “sawasdeeka/p” to everyone we saw. The more we see of Chiang Mai, the more we find to like about it. We’ve never been to a city that is so friendly, and where complete strangers constantly greet and smile at one another. It’s remarkably refreshing. The gorgeous weather and delicious food don’t hurt either, of course.

Extremely friendly and talkative Thai men. They said that Jeff looked like Keanu Reeves.

Extremely friendly and talkative Thai men. They said that Jeff looked like Keanu Reeves.

We said hello to these guys as we passed them eating their dinner together, and since they happened to speak English, we struck up a conversation. They were interested to learn that we’re spending two months in Chiang Mai, and gave us the advice to “take it slow.” We told them we agreed, and they decided that Jeff looked like a movie star, but couldn’t remember his name. Jeff finally figured it out when they pantomimed Keanu Reeves’ bullet-dodging scene from The Matrix, complete with sound effects.

The moon and a palm tree and a few wispy clouds

The moon and a palm tree and a few wispy clouds

As the evening turned to nightfall, we saw the moon through the clouds and glimpsed a lone star beneath a palm tree. We also gave up on finding the vintage shop we’d initially set out to find, and took a little break on a bench to decide where to head next. We had just settled on heading to dinner and turned a corner to find the very shop we were searching for. It seems that in order to find somewhere in Chiang Mai, it’s best not to have your heart too set on it, and only then will it appear! Even if we hadn’t found the shop, the evening would have been well worth it nonetheless. Chiang Mai is a wonderful city full of cheerful people taking it slow…it’s an attitude that’s rubbing off on us, and we’re definitely the happier for it.

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    • We continue to love your commentary & pictures. Note to anyone reading this, jeffenjane has started showing up in my “junkmail” file instead of my “inbox”. Be sure to check carefully before deleting your junkmail file or you might miss some pretty awesome stuff.

  1. Looks amazing. I can totally picture Jeff doing the matrix scene. Any chance of meeting in Shanghai several months down the road? I could make a long weekend trip out!

  2. Mutti. Hi Babies - This blog post was lovely and serene. Jeffrey, it cracked me up that your new bff's identified you in my favorite movie scene ever! Barb says she likes seeing you in a different shirt. Enjoy, and please be so safe. I love you.

    Hi Babies- This blog post is lovely and serene. Jeffrey, it cracked me up to see that your new bff’s identified you in my favorite movie scene ever! Enjoy yourselves, and please be so safe. I love you.

  3. “It seems that in order to find somewhere in Chiang Mai, it’s best not to have your heart too set on it, and only then will it appear!”

    You sound like Pooh and Piglet trying to find their way home from the Very Deep Pit. Very philosophical and profound. I’m curious about the vintage shop: Did you take any pictures or see anything interesting there?

    • The vintage shop didn’t turn out to have many clothes that were big enough for us, but we did get a great music recommendation because we told the owner we loved what she had playing in the store!

  4. We have certainly been enjoying your pix and narratives. Looking ahead, what will you be doing for Christmas and New Year’s? Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be enjoyable, and we wish you the best for the Holiday Season!!
    Love, Grandpa and Trish

    • So glad you’re liking our posts! We’re really enjoying sharing them. For Christmas tomorrow, we plan to head to a 1950s-style diner for chicken and stuffing and mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Then for New Year’s, we’re going to attend a Cabaret show at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. We’ll let you know how it goes! Love you and miss you, and have a merry Christmas!

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