Week 5 in…. Chiang Mai

One week down in Chiang Mai! We’ve swapped our beach huts for serviced apartments in a sweet location just outside of the old city in Chiang Mai.

The change from seaside paradise to metropolitan city has done the world of good for our productivity. We can tell already that Chiang Mai is going to be a completely different, and welcome experience. There’s only so much sand we can handle!


Edumadic Profiles: Meet Melissa!

Melissa is a 31 year old American originally from Ohio. She’s spent the last 9 years living in New York working at a major book publisher.
 
Melissa has felt privileged to be able to live in New York and work at some of the biggest publishing houses in the business, but feels she’s at a crossroads in her life that means she has to make some drastic changes, if she’s going to get to where she wants both professionally and personally in the next 5 years or so. She’s been meaning to work towards these longer term goals in her evenings and weekends, but the demands of her day job mean she’s never been able to.
 
“My employers have always provided me with supplementary education options and access to online programs — yet without the time to actually engage with them. When I get home from work I don’t have the mental capacity or energy to invest in any of those courses. But we read everywhere that if you have a passion, you’ll find the time to make it happen and learn all that you can. So each day I feel like I’ve failed those passions a little bit more.”
 
She’s also always been left wanting more when it comes to her trips abroad.
 
“Each time I travel it never seems to be long enough to become part of the daily life in that particular corner of the world, which for me, is the whole point of traveling. I want to have enough time to be both tourist and resident, so that I really immerse myself in the culture.”
 
For Melissa, Edumadic offers the perfect mix of personal development and travel. Allowing her to move closer to her long term goals, as well as exploring the world more widely and deeply.


Weekly Highlights

Explored the markets of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has a plethora of markets to explore on a weekly basis. They all have stalls selling all manner of trinkets, as well as street performers, live music, and delicious street food stalls.

Climbed a mountain for sunrise!

Doi Suthep sits about 20 km from the centre of Chiang Mai a top mountains that overlook the city. It’s a great place to watch the sunrise over the city if you can wake up in time. Only 3 of us have made it so far!

Took a road trip to Pai

Pai is a dreamy little hippie haven in the northern mountains of Thailand. It’s a really enjoyable 3 hour scooter ride up through a winding mountain pass. Waiting for you are jungle treks, hot springs and waterfalls in abundance waiting for you to explore. This photo was taken at a spot called Pai Canyon.


A Day in the Life:

This week we followed Jorien for a day. This is what she got up to:

7–7:30 Wake up with some motivational audio:

I like to listen to some sort of motivational audio or positive affirmations in the morning. They put me in a great frame of mind to seize the day and I always hear a new important life lesson. Tony Robbins and Jim Rohn are particular favourites to listen to.

8–10 Muay Thai:

I found a Muay Thai training centre a 20 minute walk away from our apartments. Although the 2 hour sessions are completely exhausting, it’s a great way to clear my mind in the morning.

11–1:30 Studying in my room:

I’m currently enrolled in a Spanish course that I’m completing via distance learning. I find it really useful to repeat words and phrases out loud so my room is the best place for me to study.

2–3 Lunch at Salad Concept:

I’ve found a great little place close by called Salad Concept that is fast becoming a favourite of mine. It’s a salad bar where you can choose all the ingredients of your salad yourself. I like to have a light lunch to leave room for the multiple meals we usually have for dinner!

3:30–5:30 More studying:

Back to the desk for a couple of hours! I find working in shorter bursts throughout the day helps me stay concentrated on the subject at hand better than 5 or so hours straight. That’s one of the great things about this program. We have the freedom to study at our own pace, on a schedule that suits our individual learning style.

5:30–6:30 Chat with friends and family on Skype:

I usually speak to at least one friend or family member each day.

7–10 Explore the night bazaar:

There’s a large night market every night to the east of the city. We like to look around the local street sellers and feast on a number of the food options in the area. Thai street food has got to be some of the most delicious food on the planet, hence the light lunch. I more than make up for it every night at one of the many food markets in the city!