I'm writing another post here at the Bangkok airport because I am bored & I have all night to do so.... But MOSTLY because my heart is so full & I am feeling so many feelings I need to write them down. Today as I left Fang & rode the bus for the last time to Chiangmai, I couldn't keep in the tears. Not because I'm sad to go home, but because I am happy! I am so happy to have had such an amazing experience here in Thailand. To learn & grow so much. I've had this dream to come here for so long & to think I've come & now I'm already leaving is crazy! I am so content. I looked out the open window the entire drive just trying to capture every piece of Thailand in my mind. I don't ever want to forget it. I've fallen in love with this country & the people here, It's makes me sad to think that I may never see this part of the world ever again. Multiple times on the drive when I made eye contact with someone on the street as we passed by, their face would light up & they would smile real big & wave to me! This isn't unusual & I know it is just because I am a farang. (White person) but it touched me a little bit differently this time. I felt as if they were waving goodbye. This has happened a million times before, like everyday in Fang, but this time I really soaked it in. Fang is different than any other place I've been. I feel like a famous person in Fang! They act like they have never seen a white person before (some of them probably haven't) even though it's only three hours away, It's a much different place than Chiangmai. Fang will always have a special place in my heart!
Liz, Ellen, Madison, & Cees were all with me. We first dropped our luggage off at the church then went down the street for Thai massages. This time was a little painful. Or a lot. I asked for firm & that's exactly what I got! It was not very relaxing. Honestly I was in pain most of the time & my body is sore now. I also think she pinched a nerve in my neck. It's okay though because the tea & cookies they give you before & after is worth it all! Don't worry, I bought some for the fam! Plus, it was happy hour so cheaper price! Score. Liz & Ellen then left for their flight... Then there were three. Our numbers just keep getting smaller & smaller. Madison Cees & I roamed the streets for a bit & got a few last minute souvenirs & went in a Buddhist temple. We then decided we should make our way to the mall, which is close by the airport. We chilled there with ALL of our luggage. Mostly just sat & relaxed. It was nice. Then we went to the airport. They are actually taking a bus to Bangkok, but the reason why Cees & Madison came with me to the airport is because they were picking up Cees's luggage (with all his rock climbing, high lining, & camera gear in it) that didn't make it because it got lost when he switched flights & got paid 1000 dollars for doing so. They said it would be here in Chiangmai at 5:30, but it wasn't & they don't know where it is. So yeah, that's the VERY short & confusing story on that. Hopefully they find it & get it back:/ anyways, I then said goodbye to sweet sweet Madison & made my way to my gate. I don't know how I can be happy & sad at the same time, but I am. I'm so so grateful for this opportunity I've had. Thank you Thailand!