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Thursday, February 03, 2005

I Have A Dream

And that is that one day I will be leaving Pai. Granted, my dream is not nearly as worldly nor as noble as MLK Jr.'s, but it's still a dream. And unfortunately, that dream is coming to pass very soon, as in today. That's right kids, I am actually tearing myself away from my beloved bungalow, and now you can see what I mean about this being paradise!, and moving on to greener pastures at a nearby temple. Am going on a 10 day +/- meditation retreat. Don't really know what I am in for other than we only get 2 meals a day, the last one being at Noon. Zoinks, Scooby! Don't know how I am going to make it, but it's a good thing I have recently shed loads of baggage in order to make room for forbidden snacks like Snickers and what not. Kidding. When in Rome.....

Right, so I should get back to reality just in time for the best holiday of the year! After possibly spending a few more days in Pai, post meditation, am planning on exploring northern Laos and then returning to Thailand, heading south to help out with the Tsunami relief effort via building houses. The plan, as of now, is to be down south around the middle of March. But as we all know, I never actually stick to a plan, and who knows what inspriration I could intercept while meditating. So stay tuned.....

In other news, let's hear it for Bruce Bettinger! Bruce is the first person who has come and visited me. Okay fine, he didn't actually come to see me but was just passing through Chaing Mai and I was able to persuade him to schlep a few things from home for me. A few means 12. Thanks Bruce! Had an excellent time together in Chaing Mai and dined at the Four Seasons. Um yeah, that's living. Needless to say, it was a great change of pace for this backpacker. But after 2 days of hanging out in the night markets and temples, I returned to Pai and did some quality hammock swinging.

So that's it from here. Will be off the radar for a bit, don't miss me too much. So glad that you all are enjoying the photos. It took me around 7 hours to upload all of those. But the thought of sending you all 600+ photos seemed a bit too daunting. Love it when people do that. Take care, much love, Ciao.

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