Does travel make you more creative? More compassionate?Yes, if you travel with those intentions.
There is no better way to spend your birthday than to be with friends and do your favorite things. Of course traveling is one of my favorite things, but also taking a cooking class. I found this one, Thai Secret Cooking School, based on Trip Advisor reviews (5 stars), and it was a good choice. There was only 5 of us in this class, which made it a plus for us.
The day started with pick up at our hotel, and a ride to the market.
Our teacher bought the ingredients we would be using that day. We also asked her where we could get a green papaya slicer and she brought us to a little store right nearby. Then we were on our way to her house, where she has the school.
The dishes I chose were: green papaya salad, pad thai, tom yum, and green curry. Others in the class made egg rolls, but we all got to share in what we made.
Since we were so full from lunch, we did not plan to eat dinner, but we did go out to the Night Bazaar (again) and then to a bar we found.
Once we got back, I found out that my friends had arranged to have the hotel do "something" for me for my birthday. This is what they prepared... a beautiful fruit arrangement on a pineapple, which was the best birthday EVER! It was the perfect ending to a wonderful birthday.
I have traveled quite a bit, and am using this page to record some memories. Travel is a wonderful education, expanding your view of the world, of other cultures, of the beauty of diversity.