Yesterday I was all packed up and ready to leave Chiang Mai. The experience had been great, I had said my goodbyes to the friends I made, and I caught a tuk tuk to the train station, backpack on my back, ticket in hand.
I got on the train, and discovered that I was in a strange layout compartment, with a bed that was much more comfy than any of the other trains I'd been on before - fantastic! I reached into my bag to look for something, and discovered that I had forgotten one of the two most important things on this trip...
1. My Passport (I had this one with me)
2. My Retainer (This one was not).
I can't go a night without it unless I want my teeth to shift, and a lot more painful braces when I return home, so I grabbed everything, ran with a 20kg backpack on my back, and ran out of the train station. I got a cab home as quickly as possible (did I mention I now hate every car on the road in Chiang Mai?) and got to the house, and started pounding on the door... but nobody was home, and I had left my key inside when leaving.
I paid the taxi, sat down in front of the door, drank iced tea, ate snickers, and laughed at myself for being so dumb (it's the only thing you can do).
It all worked out for the best though, as it so often does when you're traveling. I've now got a flight tonight that gets in at the same time as Michelle Sparling's and Lindsay Todd's flight, and I've got a hostel right next to theirs - so I'm super excited for this.
I'm planning on going to the airport 4 hours early this time, in case I forget anything again...
I've posted this many times before, but I'd like as many people to see it as possible, it's actually really beautiful. Check it out! Oh, and it's my birthday, I'm 21 now... weird how time never slows down, right?