Today is over a week into traveling around Thailand with C. and his sister, K. A longer post is coming when I get back to Chiang Mai in a few days. In the meantime, a summary:
Visiting Bangkok and taking a cool walk around a neighborhood on stilts, riding water taxis, walking around China Town, meeting friends, seeing trance music public aerobics in the park.
Heading to the touristy feeling islands of Phuket and Phi Phi. Taking a long and complicated bouldering hike around a peninsula that also was one continuous habitat for walking fish and crabs. Going snorkeling and inventing a ball game involving coconuts and palm fronds that felt like a cross between bocce and bowling.
Heading by boat to Krabi and going sea/mangrove swamp kayaking (with monkeys), snorkeling and hanging out in the public markets.