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February 28, 2009 Chiang Mai, Thailand

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The Galare Guest House (their slogan, Your Home Away from Home -how true) is situated in an interesting neighborhood. It's at the dead end of a quiet soi, or side street, that stops at the banks of the river. From my second story balcony, I see palm, mango, and banana trees, and the rusty tin roofs of traditional teak wood houses. If you follow the soi out, it crosses over a busy street and then becomes Little Islam, with a mosque and a handful of Halal restaurants. Halal is food prepared according to the tenants of Islam. Once again, cross another busy street, turn left and in one minute you are at Starbucks. This morning I succumbed to the Siren Song of the Starbucks Mermaid, probably the first time in over a year. What I shelled out for this morning's Cappuccino Grande will cost more than my next two meals combined.

Today will be spent in Chiang Mai, Darryl and Prasert have a one day reprieve from me, while I see town suppliers and clean up loose-end invoices.