I didn’t get to see very much of Thailand but what I saw was beautiful and only makes me anxious to get back there again.  We stayed in a small town outside of Chiang Mai at a rather basic hotel.  It did get better by the third night once we all discovered that our mattress were actually upside down and we really didn’t need to be sleeping on boards.

The CHE workshop was excellent and I met a really neat group of people who are serving in various parts of Asia.  Our days were packed from 8:00 until 5:00 and we learned an exciting, integrated strategy for giving villagers the tools for spiritual and physical health.

At the end of each day we headed into our little town of Hang Dong for supper at a local market and a chance to get to know each other better.  I look forward to working with a number of these people in the future, particularily Sandy, a retired Nurse Practictioner/Midwife from Australia, who has set up a clinic in a slum in Phnom Penh.

On Friday we finished early so one of the other participants, Pastor Marting, a lovely Lahu man, took us on a quick ride through Chaing Mai, a tour of  an Umbrella Factory and a visit his church and training project.  I arrived home late Saturday afternoon feeling pretty exhausted.  Maybe I am getting old.