I’ve started reading Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert, and at the beginning of the book she talks about being in a long distance relationship. There’s one line which struck me: “With each reunion, Felipe and I had to learn each other all over again”. I guess that’s what it was like when Josh moved in last week. I went from being completely by myself for two months – one of the two times in my life I’ve lived on my own, and the only time since I’ve been with someone – to learning how to be in a full-time committed relationship again. I won’t lie to you, it took some adjustment, even though it had only been two months; what’s it like for someone who has been living on their own for much, much longer?
But let’s fast forward a week where everything is just peachy again and we are happily reunited – it’s like we were never separated at all. We’re finally doing what we talked about a few weeks after we met – living together in South-East Asia. When we had that conversation one night early on our relationship it was a turning point, and more than 18 months on… here we are.
A big part of us finding our feet again was just to spend lots of time together exploring Chiang Mai and having a romantic weekend away. We also did a huge 16km walk up the mountain last Thursday night for Visakha Bucha Day – not exactly a bonding experience, but a real cultural experience which I’ll write about in my next post. But firstly, I wanted to talk about staying at Chiang Dao Nest on the weekend which was the perfect weekend getaway. So refreshing to be in a cooler climate!
Chiang Dao is an hour and a half bus ride from Chiang Mai. It’s a very small and sleepy town, with a dusty main street and little to recommend itself, but it’s famous because of the Chiang Dao cave – and what a cave! There’s also a huge mountain which overlooks the many guesthouses which accomodate expats who like the cooler climate, so it’s vaguely reminiscent of a colonial getaway in the tropics. Chiang Dao Nest is a beautiful place to stay, and not surprisingly, the epicentre of tourism in the area. There’s an excellent restaurant at Chiang Dao Nest 1 which specialises in gourmet Western food, and its sister accomodation Chiang Dao Nest 2 has a restaurant which specialises in Thai food. I could say more about it but perhaps it’s best if I let pictures do the talking: