So … it’s been a while since I’ve updated the Pursuit of Excitement. You probably thought I’d given up on the digital nomad life? Wrong. I spent much of this year working harder than I ever have before, driving my freelance earnings to new heights. While I had to focus hard on that to make that happen, it made me realize how much I miss blogging.
And here we are.
What happened between January and now? I spent more than half a year in my old college town of Fredericton, re-connecting with friends, settling my tax situation (the CRA actually owed ME money … funny that), and restructuring my online banking to make offshore bill payments easy and simple.
New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai is a holiday that is treated by the locals in the manner that we regard Christmas. It’s a joyous occasion where people get to get with their families, celebrate, and make wishes for a prosperous and happy year ahead. One of these traditions involves lighting a lantern and releasing it into the sky. On the day of/in the days leading up to the big day, vendors will be selling these collapsed paper bags with a wick that is shaped like a doughnut. This is what you and thousands of people will be sending into the sky en masse on New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai …
Sweeping views of Thailand’s second city are hard to come by, as much of the place is kept low-rise by the fact that most business headquarters are located in Bangkok, and due to the presence of an international airport well within city limits.
Fortunately for those that love these lofty vantage points, there is a mountain that abuts the western part of the metropolis. Doi Suthep towers above this part of Chiang Mai, with views from Wat Phra That being suspended thousands of feet above the streets and buildings below.