After breakfast we boarded our buses and headed to the Population & Community Development Association, in Chiang Rai. There, we were introduced to brief historical backgrounds and customs of different tribes and to the community-based family planning project. It was an eye-opening experience to get exposure to this comical (and if I must add very effective) approach that the organization took in attempting to increase awareness regarding safe sex. We had lunch in a restaurant named “Cabbage and Condoms” that was run by the organization. We each spent a few minutes exploring the art work and comical phrases written on the walls of the restaurant which underlined important facts about the practice of safe sex. Following lunch we headed to the Chiang Rai airport for our flight back to Bangkok. During this short and cozy flight, we tried to make sense of why we ever took a 12 hr long and painful train ride to Chaing Mai when we could have easily taken a flight? (maybe this was just what was occurring in my mind as I still struggle with features of PTSD from the train ride) :0). Upon arrival to Bangkok, we transferred to Unico Grande Silom Hotel and some of us spent the rest of the day at leisure while others explored on their own. “The girls”, a name that Lilit and I acquired on this trip, went on exploring different spas and scheduled traditional Thai massages which were amazing. At night, we met for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant where, as a result of peer pressure, I found myself participating in karaoke singing “My heart will go on” What a perfect way to end this great trip.
Kesjana Cake- aka Aria