One of the interesting sights we saw in Chiang Mai night market was this specialty pedicure.This didn't look like the kind I would like, but there were many who seemed to "enjoy" the treatment, and it drew many observers. Just put your feet in the water and let the fish nibble off the dead skin. No kidding!
Here is an example of the installation of a water heater and water pipes into a house. The water is warmed by the sun in this blue tank and the water pipes are run along the outside of the house and then a hole is drilled into the wall where they need the water to a faucet, shower, etc.
Businesses consider the sidewalk in front of their building as part of their usable space. Most local restaurants and stores use the sidewalk to serve, sell, collect, build--whatever they need to do. Many of them tile the sidewalk from the building out to the street so it is easier to keep clean. The tile also identifies their section of the sidewalk.
This sign company is always building huge signs out front like this.
The Thais love colorful buildings. This is the bakery where we buy our bread. It was started by a Swiss man married to a Thai woman. He passed away, and the wife continues to make all kinds of delicious bread. The young elders and sisters love it when we share with them.
A typical looking neighborhood in Udon.
A procession lined up in preparation for a wedding at a hotel we had just checked out of. The people were very friendly and seemed filled with anticipation for the event.
Thought this was interesting. No matter how little people have, they can find money for what they feel is a priority.
Some of our former English students came back to visit during school break. We were so happy to see them--we love these kids! Two of our English students have been baptized since we've been here. Kwan, on the far right, is the most recent about two weeks ago.
We don't have TV in our apartment, but one night when we stayed in a hotel. we switched it on to see what there was to watch. This was one of our choices. It even had flutter by flutter, peck by peck announcers! It was amazing to us that people could get so excited about two birds trying to kill each other.
We still haven't figured out the significance of these characters, but they were part of the Christmas celebration in Central Plaza, the big mall here in Udon. They drew quite a crowd and lots of cameras--including ours.
All of the missionaries went to Swenson's for ice cream. This is what one of the Thai sisters ordered. Yes, that is corn on top of the sundae, and it's not a special order item. It's on the menu! She loves it!