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    Archive for April, 2007

    Day 386 – Chiang Mai -> Lampang

    Monday, April 30th, 2007

    Chiang Mai -> Lampang (hotel)
    Distance (km) : 107
    Time on bike : 5h 08m
    Brutto time: 12.00 – 18.00
    Avg : 20.85 km/h
    Total (km) : 15.294
    Max.speed: 71 km/h

    Ouch, my circadian rhythm! I only just fell asleep by sunrise, and therefore
    I’m groggy most of the day. Maybe that is why I feel emotional today. The
    phenomenon of being inside a bubble rules.

    Getting ready to leave wonderful Chiang Mai!

    It’s Monday, the yellow day, the day when the King of Thailand was born over a generation ago, that is why many Thais wear yellow jerseys today. Despite the tiredness of my body Zülle (my cycling alter ego) is on the move again and several times with my fist raised high, in triumph, Yihaa! In the mountains Zülle hits 71 km/h on a nice downhill road (the roads are still of a racetrack quality). Zülle ought to be wearing the yellow jersey today…

    Rain eats road...

    I’m travelling the same way along Highway 11 as when I was on a three-day
    scooter ride to Nan. The scenery is nicer than I remember. The world
    is more beautiful when discovered slowly from a bicycle’s
    saddle.

    I encounter heavy rainfall, but I continue through the large drops for about
    an hour – when you’ve already been soaked you just can’t get more wet.

    I almost manage to get dry during a serving of fried rice w/eggs in
    a modest highway restaurant. But the Clerk of Weather is not finished for
    today. As if by magic the wind changes direction, is has been tailwind until now, and it tortures me during the last 24 km. The rain begins again, and I find myself soaked to the skin one more time. I am really exhausted during the last two hours.

    For a biker the wind and the rain is the ugly twins of the weather gods.

    In Lampang I immediately accept the price of 250 bath (6,30 USD) cited to me
    by the receptionist, even without inspecting the room first. In other words:
    I was very tired! My legs cramp up after the shower, when I’m picking my
    toes. It was most unpleasant.

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    Day 385 – The Price I pay

    Sunday, April 29th, 2007

    “My life is so…fireworks, you know!” I’m sure Will means every single word he says. Chiang Mai has been a real firework show, a social and sensory overload. We all pay the price – Wills voice is down and out and I feel rather sad about leaving tomorrow. But it’s a price I gladly pay…

    Long live the King...

    Cecile, Will and I take a last stroll at the nightmarket and enjoy the last goodbye beer.

    Gilr performing. Chiang Mai Sunday Market.

    Will and I meet up with Ben at the Peak Pool Bar and exchange the last few anecdotes before I log off. I’ll miss the fine company….

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    Day 384 – A New Beginning

    Saturday, April 28th, 2007

    I feel like a new beginning awaits me just around the corner. A beginning that involves a different modus operandi than the one I’ve used here in Chiang Mai.

    Bad hair day...

    Tune of the Day: Read My Mind – The Killers

    Photo of photo from the WT expedition

    The decision’s made. Monday is my departure day. Am very excited about hitting the roads again.

    The chef of my favourite noodle shop in Chiang Mai...

    …and my liver will thank me for leaving.

    Thai MC police guy. Chiang Mai.

    I hang out with French Cecile and Will at the Zestclub that houses a DJ-party tonight. Lots of loud beats and western travellers (and a few lost ladyboys – they always like a bit of attention!) It’s all quite nice but the boys (me) are not up for the party after a long row of nights out here in Chiang Mai.

    As Will said, I’ve gone to bed early here – early in the morning. I haven’t seen 4 sunrises in a row for a long time :-)

    Ladyboy in Chiang Mai

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    The photo album is struck by disease…

    Friday, April 27th, 2007

    A quick note: The photoalbum is temporarily out of order. It’s some technical detail that Flickr is responsible for and that I can’t fix – but help is around the corner!

    Nicolai

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    Day 383 – ..and a little something for the boys!

    Friday, April 27th, 2007

    Australian Ben, French Will and I are all invited to a birthday party in on of the bars close to the Night Bazaar.

    Ben (OZ), me and Will (FR) in Peak Pool Bar. Preparing for a great night out. Chiang Mai.

    At the pool table with Will I play some of the best pool ever and finish on game with 5 beautiful pots in a row. It’s pure trickshots with long range shots, impossible angles and a bit of luck. Even the snooker legend Stephen Hendry would’ve been proud of me.

    Who wants old drinks around here?

    We stay away from the “old drinks” and keep our focus on the good old Sang Som rum, that all Thailand travellers should be well aware of. It really kicks the party off!

    A different angle. Peak Pool Bar

    The level of energy at the party in the bar is high up under the ceiling, everybody is happy and the atmosphere is unforgetable. One of my best nights out for a long, long time…

    Boy in bar. Chiang Mai.

    The atmosphere was just as crazy as this photo suggests...

    Ben, me and Will at the birthday party in Chiang Mai

    …and a little something for the boys

    No comment..really!

    I like my new camera…

    That Sang Som rum's a killer!

    No ladyboy

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    Day 382 – A Simple Life

    Thursday, April 26th, 2007

    Ripe mangos rock.

    The concept of the day is simple. Shopping, eating, @ check, and yet another energetic night out with William.

    Homeless in Chiang Mai...

    Super sandwich from Living Room Cafe, Chiang Mai.

    7Eleven - a good friend of mine.

    Fountain at the Airport Plaza Shoppingcentre

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    Day 381 – My nocturnal life…

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    Tha Phae Gate, Chiang Mai.

    Tune of the Day: Fix You – Coldplay

    I’m seriously looking forward to getting back in the saddle again! After a few weeks of rest here in Chiang Mai, I know it’ll be awesome to hit the asphalt and I’m absolutely thrilled about it…It’s a sweet life.

    William and I chilling out in Chiang Mai.

    My nocturnal life continues. It’s a very seductive and easy life. Especially when my French friend William is around. He’s a super drinking companion with perspectives of life that I really like and I totallt appreciate the friendship that’s blossomed here in Chiang Mai.

    Rain shower in Chiang Mai. April 2007.

    We hang out in a small city park with our beloved companion.

    Chiang Mai ladyboy...

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    Day 380 – Living Room Café

    Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

    Tune of the day: Whistle For The Choir – The Fratellis.

    I’ve said it before: the heat is unbearable. Clear sun from a blue sky and
    the temperature is well above 40 degrees Celsius. Today I’m hiding in the
    newly opened “Living Room Café” on my street, Tha Phae Road Lane 1.

    It’s a nice place, with the type of service and thoroughness that many new shops offer, particularly when they are trying to establish themselves. That I like! When drinking a late cup of morning coffee I do the outline of this weeks article for the MetroXpress (a Danish newspaper) which hits the newsstands tomorrow: Friday the 27th of April 2007. The topic of my article was a given after the massive water fights last week…

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    I meet up again with French William (31), a really great guy. He and I have
    some pleasant and inspiring conversations about being 30
    something
    , about the temptation of freedom, about the spirit of
    travelling, about settling down or not, about the illusory feeling of
    security, about the love of life, of music and of the “birds” who are poorly
    represented tonight…

    The Roots Reggae Bar, Chiang<br />
Mai

    Tune of the day II: Starlight – Muse. These boys sure
    know how to rock…

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    Day 379 – Chiang Mai (continued)

    Monday, April 23rd, 2007

    Sorry for not posting any photos these days. I’m just hanging out in Chiang Mai, go to the gym, enjoy the sun, the people here, the food and basically doing not a lot…

    Meanwhile, have a look at this link that features an article (in Danish) from my Tibet adventures on the pages 20-23. There are a few photos there…

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    Day 378 – Wanted: More flesh, less temples

    Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

    It is a grand day for me today. After many considerations and a lot of
    research I have decided to acquire a pocket size camera, to take with me
    everywhere. I ended up with the Sony DSC-T100 Sony DSC-T100, truly a technological masterpiece. It’s mind-blowing how much
    technology they can fit in such small cameras nowadays. I am impressed
    and very pleased with my new companion.

    Recently a close friend let me know that a little more skin and a little
    less temples would be preferred, hence the acquisition of a pocket camera.

    I am happy to reveal to you that more “skin” is coming up soon on WT, so
    don’t be a stranger!

    It is Election Day in France today. The French (Cecilie, Sarah, and William)
    have invited me over. Somehow we seem to loose interest in the elections and
    head for the reggae-bar “Roots” where we are joined by Christopher Christopher (25) another French guy. Riding his bicycle since 2003 he has made it through Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, he figures that this odyssey of his will last approximately ten years. There is plenty of cool bicycle conversation, in every aspect a pleasant evening.

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    Day 377 – Mosquitos

    Saturday, April 21st, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 376 – Black memory holes

    Friday, April 20th, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 375 – How hot is hot?

    Thursday, April 19th, 2007

    How hot is hot?

    The Scoville test has become the industry standard for determining just how hot, hot really is when talkin’ chilli. The index goes like this:

    0-5,000 Mild 5,000-20,000 Medium 20,000-70,000 Hot 70,000-300,000 Extreme

    A Mexican jalapeno comes in at 3,500-4,500 units. Thailand’s long, slim phrik chii faa (sky pointing chilli) scores 35,000-45 000 units, rising to 60,000-80,000 for its scorching phrik khii nuu (mouse shit chilli). India’s bird’s eye chilli blasts further up the scale to 100,000-125,000, but is no match for Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, or scotch bonnet at a blistering 300,000 units. The heavyweight title for the hottest chilli on earth however, goes to the Red Savina Habanero with a volcanic 570,000 Scoville Heat Units.

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    Day 374 – Heaven Beach

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

    Tune of the Day: Gold – Claus Hempler

    Emperors of the world hiding underground
    waiting for the sky to rain on down with gold
    anywhere I go I´ll keep you in myheart
    there´s nowhere in the world but where you are that I belong

    MySpace

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    Day 373 – Chilling out in Chiang Mai

    Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 372 – You Drink Whisky?

    Monday, April 16th, 2007

    Waterfall near the Chiang Mai Zoo...

    Offerings

    Offerings

    Viewpoint on Doi Suthep mountain. Chiang Mai.

    Wat Suthep, Chiang Mai.

    Wat Suthep, Chiang Mai.

    Wat Suthep, Chiang Mai.

    Wat Suthep, Chiang Mai.

    Wat Suthep. Chiang Mai.

    Hmong villager.

    Wat Umong - the forest temple

    Wat Umong - the forest temple

    Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai

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    Day 371 – Mae Sa Elephant Camp

    Sunday, April 15th, 2007

    Don't drink and drive! Dummy accident to prevent drinking during Songkran. Chiang Mai.

    Elephant Camp. Near Mae Rim. Northern Thailand.

    Elephant camp. Near Mae Rim. Northern Thailand.

    Elephant soccer. Near Mae Rim. Northern Thailand.

    Elephant paintings. Near Mae Rim. Northern Thailand.

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    Day 370 – The Victory of the Smile and the Happy Experience

    Saturday, April 14th, 2007

    Kawee Power Zone - my fitness centre in Chiang Mai

    Kawee Power Zone - my fitness centre in Chiang Mai

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    Day 369 -The Madness Continues…

    Friday, April 13th, 2007

    Songkran in Chaing Mai. April 2007.

    Songkran in Chaing Mai. April 2007.

    Songkran in Chaing Mai. April 2007.

    Songkran in Chaing Mai. April 2007.

    Songkran in Chaing Mai. April 2007.

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    Day 368 – Songkran Madness in Chiang Mai

    Thursday, April 12th, 2007

    Songkran in Chaing Mai. April 2007.

    Songkran in Chaing Mai. April 2007.

    Songkran in Chaing Mai. April 2007.

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    I’m Ready to Rumble!

    Thursday, April 12th, 2007

    I’ve slept 10 hours in “my” Chiang Mai flat.

    The heat of noon is soaring outside. The mercury says 37 degrees C.

    It’s Songkran here in Thailand. That means water fight. From early morning to late afternoon, as long as the sun’s up. All against all. For the next 5 days.

    There are buckets and innovative water guns in all sizes all over and all the street corners are full of gangs of fully equipped water fighters – locals as well as travellers. It’s pure madness out there.

    I’m invited for a BBQ at a local artist along with two French girls. After that, I’ll enter the water fight.

    I’m ready to rumble…

    Wish me good luck… :-)

    ‘Til next time. À bientôt. Hasta luego. Auf wiedersehen. Vi ses. Até logo! Hej då. Do usłyszenia.

    Nicolai

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    Day 367 – Visa-run in Mae Sai/Burma

    Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

    Visa-run. Union of Myanmar

    Entry permit to Burma. Visa-run. Union of Myanmar.

    Road rain. Northern Thailand. April 2007.

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    Day 366 – Preliminary water fights

    Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 365 – Don´t Mess With The King

    Monday, April 9th, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 364 – Wiang Kum Kam Temple Complex

    Sunday, April 8th, 2007

    Wiang Kum Kam ruin complex, just south of Chiang Mai.

    Wiang Kum Kam ruin complex, just south of Chiang Mai.

    Wiang Kum Kam ruin complex, just south of Chiang Mai.

    Wiang Kum Kam temple complex. Just south of Chiang Mai.

    Mural. Wiang Kum Kam temple complex. Just south of Chiang Mai.

    Wiang Kum Kam temple complex. Just south of Chiang Mai.

    Wiang Kum Kam temple complex. Just south of Chiang Mai.

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    Day 363 – The Social Project

    Saturday, April 7th, 2007

    Jade Buddha temple. Chiang Mai. Thailand, April 2007.

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    Day 362 – My birthday in Chiang Mai

    Friday, April 6th, 2007

    My flat. Room #207 at the Night Bazaar Condotel...

    My flat. Room #207 at the Night Bazaar Condotel...

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    A huge Thank You!

    Thursday, April 5th, 2007

    The time spiral that the WT expedition travels through has soon made its first circuit. The first year on the road is gone and ahead of me is a new WT-year that I’m very, very excited about. It’s hard not to get emotional here but so be it.

    I have to express how much I appreciate the support that I’ve felt since the departure in Copenhagen, April 10th 2006. The words – small and big, long and short, from my dearest & nearest and from people whose faces I’ve never seen, from Denmark and from abroad – and the feeling of moral support, inner strenght and joy they give me mean everything to me. They send me through the world enlightened and happy as ever.

    From the deepest of deep I want to thank everyone who’s visited July 2006WT and who keeps following me from the side lines. The mental support is invaluable to me and for God’s sake, don’t let the psalm stop in the new WT year 2 :-) When I quietly celebrate my birthday – the calender says 31 on April 6th 2007 – in a few hours here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, it’s with a wonderful feeling of moral, spiritual tailwind – for a long-distance cyclist it may be one of the most precious gifts ever!

    Thanks.

    Nicolai

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    Day 361 – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Thursday, April 5th, 2007

    Chiang Mai delicassies...

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    Day 360 – Chiang Mai – a fascinating place

    Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

    Tuktuk poster in Chiang Mai...

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    Day 359 – Actions movies & memory blanks

    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English

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    Day 358 – The Animals Were Gone

    Monday, April 2nd, 2007

    Chiang Mai's Old City Wall...

    Suan Buak Haad City park, Chiang Mai. April 2007.

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    Day 357 – Long Live The King

    Sunday, April 1st, 2007

    My temple fix for the day…Wat Phra Singh:

    Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. April 2007.

    Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. April 2007.

    Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. April 2007.

    There’s a lot of gold and stuff inside…

    Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. April 2007.

    Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. April 2007.

    …and a bit of wisdom in the back yard.

    Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. April 2007.

    Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai, Thailand. April 2007.

    Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre. Chiang Mai. April 2007.

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