Its so easy to get caught up in the chaos and overwhelming routine of our lives here now, and too easy to forget to make time for each other, outside of studying and eating meals. This is also especially tough because we don't have grandparents at our door, ready to watch Callie at the drop of a hat. (Oh grandparents, how we miss you for SO many reasons!! :) )
But thankfully, our dear friend Carmen just happens to be absolutely incredible and offered to take Callie on Friday night so that we could have a 'night on the town... alone!' We gratefully accepted and after dropping Callie off, we caught a songtaew (public transport) to the old part of the city in search of some Mexican food and good ol' market shopping.
Chiang Mai is absolutely beautiful at night...
We had to walk several blocks and stop to ask for directions a few times before we finally made it to our destination. Thankfully, Thai people are friendly and were more than happy to help us find our way. Here's Jon stopping to ask if we were going in the right direction. What a good man... :)
And..... we finally made it!(Now, I know some of you are questioning why we wouldn't go for Thai food. Well... its for obvious reasons. We get Thai food EVERDAY, so our tastebuds were craving something more familiar. Something smothered in sour cream and fresh salsa.)
If you're ever in Chiang Mai, we can officially say you NEED to eat at "Miguel's Cafe." A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
The portions were HUGE but the prices weren't. What else could a person ask for?
Even after (literally) stuffing ourselves with nachos and chimichangas, we knew we couldn't pass up their $3 banana split.
And here's a funny/humbling little story to go along with it:
In Thai, the words "banana" and "salt" are extremely similar.
I couldn't figure out why the waitress was staring at me in total confusion when I tried to order our banana split.
I kept asking and she kept staring blankly at me.
I was even pointing at the picture of it on the menu. What could possibly be so confusing??
Finally, Jon realized that I was asking for salt, not a banana split. :)
Oops. Definitely don't bring me that.
In the end, she did bring us a banana split and it was delicious.
After our scrumptious meal, we walked down towards the old city gate, only to stumble across a HUGE city-wide worship service. It was incredible to see thousands of Thai believers, gathered by the city gate, singing and worshipping God. It was also neat to see how many Thai people were wandering over to see what was going on.
I couldn't help but wonder how many Thai people might come to Christ that night and the fact that God had a specific plan for those that did. It was obvious that the gathering was having a big impact.
We both found this incredibly encouraging, and it made us look forward to the day when we'll be able to verbally communicate Christ's love to the Thai people.
After a little market perusing, we waved down a 'tuk-tuk' (another form of public transportation) and made our way home.
The evening was a ton of fun and so refreshing for both of us. Its amazing what a night off can do for the soul :) I think it gave both of us the energy we needed to make it through another week of language study.