Another couple of exciting days at this end… much to tell!
Yesteday Claire and I went on a full day Thai cookery course at the first ever cookery school in Chiang Mai – what a great experience! We learnt how to cook Pad Thai (thai style flat noodles), Massaman Curry, Chicken with Cashew nuts, Spring Rolls, Hot and Sour Soup and Caramelised Bananas – Yum!!!
The day started with a great tour around the market, learning about all the ingredients, what to buy- how to recognise the right things etc, then headed out to the kitchen to start prepping the food! Then it was “Prep, Cook, Eat and Repeat!” 7 courses in total by the end of the day we were literally fit to burst – but in the best possible way. Luckily we were also given a recipe and cook book to remind us of the details when we get home – definitely needed as both my stomach and brain was full!!
This morning I was picked up at 7.30 and headed off to my Muai Thai lesson (all morning!!!) And man alive – what a great experience!!! It was a 4 hour gruelling session where I was really put through my paces together with 3 other guys (2 Americans and one Dutchman)…
A mix of skipping, jumping on tyres, bag work, shadow boxing, kicking drills, pad work in the ring and much much more! At the end of the session as I crashed out in the centre of the ring the instructor told me I had to come back every day for 2 weeks “You good fighter, but no strong! (he meant I had rubbish fitness!) Come back, every day – 2 weeks, then you fight in Bangkok, Big Stadium”
I took this as a compliment and agreed, my cardio left a lot to be desired! Luckily I had the get out clause of a flight to Laos tomorrow lunchtime, otherwise I might have been tempted :) So despite the pain and bucketloads of sweat I absolutely loved the training and getting in the in the ring and giving the pads a good thrashing – a great work out! I’m considering finding the local martial arts in every country possible and giving them a try – fighting my way around the world maybe (I feel another blog coming on!?), I’m really looking forward to learning Kung Fu at the Shaolin Temple in a a couple of months – then a bit of Brazilian Ju Jitsu later in the year in Rio… Maybe even a bit of Capoera!?
Anyway – the skype is finally working and we’ve successfully connected back home, so will sign off for now and update again later
Love to all – S