Aaron you would have loved the real gardens
When I was flying out here I was thinking about what the smells that I would experiance. However I must say that as I was driving in the taxi I just kept thinking, "This makes me think of Wild Ginger" (A local Thai resturant) which just made me want to eat Panang Curry or Pad Thai. However I had just come off 26 hours of flying and about 12 meals (or so it felt).
It has been very interesting to be traveling so far away from all I know. However, for the last day and a half I have been around a great group of Serve Asia Field side coordinators, mostly Americans and Europeans and Aussi's. Which has maybe been a good transiton for me to slowly get to know Asia. It is also humid like the South so I am able to relate to that as well.
Today however Mandy and I are going to a temple here in Chiang Mai and taking a sungtao (have no idea how to spell that) up there so I am sure I will be having my first real dose of culture today! We are also going to the night market which will be a great place to see the local working class and to get a taste for what life can be like out here.
Tomorrow we will be on a train ride down to Lopburi, Thailand and so therefore I won't be able to write about my experiance for a few days but I promise I will.