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Sarah Here :
Happy Friday! Yesterday I was hit with a wave of sinus pressure that knocked me off my feet – literally – I just sat on my yoga mat for a few hours. I stretched, pondered, meditated, and just generally sat in a hazy fog of sinus annoyance. Today I’m going to try to work through it by writing about the Annapurna Circuit Trek. I was reminded of another beautiful, high-altitude adventure yesterday when my pop asked me for this image from Phu Chi Fah, Thailand:
Phu Chi Fah is a tiny village perched on the northeastern side of the Phi Pan Nam Range, a mountain chain that borders northern Thailand and Laos. There’s an amazing set of cliffs that one can hike up in the dark in order to watch the sunrise. It’s a spectacular sight as the clouds roll in looking like water. I’ve never been so cold as the hour I sat waiting on a windy cliff for the sun to come up. When it finally rose and turned the landscape into a warm orangey scene, I felt like the entire morning had been a dream. I was most intrigued by the weekend trading market that sprang up on the side of the mountain that Sunday morning. Driving through, I was glued to the bus window, vowing to return and explore the mountain market someday. That was five years ago, but I still think about it often. Then there was this amazing vegetarian restaurant that Saleem and I visited at least four times that weekend. The food in northern Thailand is unlike the rest of the country’s cuisine. So spicy and delicious. After lunch, we wandered into a shop that had at least a hundred different kinds of shoelaces. I was over the moon because I had been wanting black laces in these sneaks for over a year, but had been unwilling to spend more that $1 for new ones. Seriously, how much better do they look?The light in the bus terminal was just unreal, the whole weekend had been unreal. Can you spot the dog?
I’m off to write all weekend long. I may take a break to watch my Panthers destroy Katie’s Broncos in the Super Bowl! By watch, I mean I’ll make finger food to enjoy while I pretend to cheer for the team from my home state. Katie is probably just realizing now that the Broncos are playing in the big game…