Around the World in 441 Days

Somewhere in Mae Hong Son

While I have been writing about my travels a bit, I realize you haven’t been reading my journal (sidenote: have you??).

School in Phang Nga finished the first week of March and I spent the next few weeks saying goodbye to people and places there and in Phuket. I flew to Bangkok for a week to stay with the unflinchingly generous Dave and Amy, and to sort out my Russian visa.

I came here to Chiang Mai almost two weeks ago, but a little more than half of that was spent motorbiking through the mountains of Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son provinces. Going to temple, drinking rum with local old guys, lying in hammocks, swimming in waterfalls, trying to get the highest views. All time well spent.

I got back to Chiang Mai yesterday and have been laying low a bit, waiting for two friends to meet me here on the 13th. After a few days of Songkran, we’ll head to Saigon, via Laos and Cambodia, over the course of a couple weeks. 

Then I’ll make it through Vietnam to Beijing on my own, where Chris and I will hop a train through China, Mongolia and Russia, ending in Moscow. Chris flies home and I’m trying to touch down in Ukraine, United Kingdom and Iceland before I make it to Minnesota in late June.

The only solid plans I have for returning to Minnesota are hanging out with the friends and family. But, of course, I should probably spend some time figuring out what’s next.

As for now, I’m feeling good and trying to soak in a 3-month vacation as well as I can. No complaints.

Miss you much, love you more.