Today I had a couple of reasons to go to Chiang Mai, and an opportunity to avoid having to hoof it completely. So I took advantage of it, as I needed some computer parts as well as some church shoes. I also wanted to visit Duke’s. So off I went with one of our other teachers here at Legacy, Austin. He took his motorbike, I brought my backpack and borrowed a helmet, and I went on the familiar yellow Sung-Tow into town.
First, we tried to find the AC adapter part that has malfunctioned on my computer . This proved to be a difficult challenge (I went to half a dozen places before I found a small store in a technology mall-ish kind of place near the Night Bazaar that had the specific part, which proved to be pricey, like the church shoes I was looking for). It was nice to walk around the Night Bazaar, even if it wasn’t fully set up yet. I also found a nice tailor between the Night Bazaar and the Sunday Market, where my fellow teacher had picked up a suit. I’m not in the market for a suit right now, but if/when I was, I would go there. The atmosphere is nice, the fellow is chatty and not really pushy (even though he, like every other tailor I saw in that part of Chiang Mai, was from India), and the suits there have a good style–solid power suits (including three piece, two piece, three button, two button, and double breasted), with a good service policy to match.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to walk around Chiang Mai the whole time, and I was able to ride on Austin’s bike (which is why I had borrowed the helmet) between the north of the moat to the Night Bazaar. After looking a little at the Sunday Market we walked back to Duke’s, which I had never been to. I happen to say I have mixed feelings. For one, the prices are at American levels (it cost me the equivalent of about $13 for a sweet tea, cheese sticks, and a double cheeseburger with fries). Also, greasy American food apparently doesn’t sit very well with me, even though it was very tasty. Still, it was expensive. And, the menu looks as if it doesn’t have very many items (the steaks were extremely expensive, even by the very expensive standard of Thailand–a standard 12 or 14 ounce cut of steak would set one back about $25-$30). When one is on a monthly stipend of about $30, it doesn’t seem right to spend a month’s worth of salary on a single meal.
After I was done with the meal I headed to the general area of Gat Luang to catch the Sung-Tow home. That was an adventure (sadly, not all of the yellow Sung-Tows go in the same direction). Eventually I found one near the river, and went home, to enjoy a relaxing evening after spending the whole afternoon in town. That just means I have some writing and grading to catch up on, so I ought to get started with that.