Today we began our journey here in Thailand by giving alms to the monks, a tradition that the locals often engage in to receive blessings. After eating Thai pancakes for breakfast we set out on a bike ride around the temples and ruins of Chiang Mai. We learned many new Thai phrases and Thai greetings as well as proper etiquette when entering a Buddhist temple. The group then went swimming in the guest house pool to cool off after our cultural tour around the city. When we finished our swim and some Thai dishes for lunch, we said goodbye to our guesthouse in Chiang Mai and boarded vans for a three-hour ride up the mountains to Chiang Rai. On the van ride to our new home we had fun playing riddle games and singing to 2012 pop hits. We ended our first full day in Thailand with group bonding over takeout and our first group meeting. 

Photo by Nina

Photo by Nina

Photo by Nina

Photo by Nina

Photo by Nina

Photo by Nina

Photo by Nina

Photo by Nina