What a busy five weeks! We’ve visited a vast array of friends and family, eaten a terrible number of pies, pastries, cakes and biscuits, and been constantly amazed at how beautiful, green, clean and sensible England is.
We even popped up to Scotland and it was even more beautiful than England! Lauren loved it so much she decided to stay, so there will be an empty seat on the plane.
Six more days then we fly back to sunny Cambodia. Huzzah!
Having spent two hours last night failing to order pizza delivery for Cath’s birthday last night, we were immensely happy to notice this new banner, 100m from our house, for ‘opening soon’ Pizza NZ, across from the park on street E.
It ‘s a two-person team: Dimey looks after the customers whilst mum Maly makes mozzarella magic in the kitchen. Maly learnt her pizza-making in New Zealand, hence the name. Grand opening Monday – see you there!
The majority of the congregations of ICF North and South headed to Bronze Lake, an extremely well-appointed hotel about three hours from Phnom Penh. Activities included swimming & water slides, tennis, cycling and a zip line across the lake.
Both mind and body were well fed, with the theme ‘Wisdom’ being explored through Job and Ecclesiastes, whilst the Swiss-trained chef served up Western food the like of which I’ve not tasted in the Kingdom of Wonders.
Every sunday, Chiang Mai will shut off several streets from traffic and transform the area into a huge colourful market. There’s cheap streetfood, incredible art and beautiful clothes all for sale, and prices range from 10 to 400 baht but little over. The food areas are seperate and easy to spot and access down the market, usually in temple courtyards and sell everything from sushi and thai spicy soups to the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten for 15 baht and customisable smoothies at 30 baht.
The shops and café’s on the streets it runs down are still open, so if you feel the need to get a quick coffee somewhere quieter, there’s always the option to duck into one of those. There are also toilets for 15 baht a go at the fourway junction of the market near the centre, in the corner of a small courtyard of cafés.
My family loved it so much we went twice, both times finding real gems for ourselves and as gifts, including two rubber-band wooden pistols at 90 baht each for both the boys! It’s recommend to go from 4pm to 6pm, as that gives plenty of time to explore and leaves time to walk back to your hotel before it gets too dark, as the taxis will overcharge particularly highly if you come out the walking market.