After close to 24 hours of traveling, starting in Ashland, Oregon, I was driven to the airport, took a plane to Portland, then to San Francisco, then to China, then to Thailand. I arrived at the airport and took a taxi to the bus station for 200 bot (about $6 for a ride into the center of town), then I caught a minibus to Pai for 150 bot ($4.50) which was a long distance on a windy road for 1.5 hours. Yes, I did finally puke 3/4 of the way, I was in the back of the bus with no air and a lot of heat! After I got off the bus in Pai, I got another taxi for 100 bot ($3) to get me outside of town to the retreat. I arrived and was greeted by Doug, a thin british man with a quirky smile and lively attitude. He got me settled into my room and then I was given a tour of the retreat by another Britt. We went into town for dinner and I had a wonderful chicken and mushroom dish (one of my favorites from back home), then enjoyed the walking street of Pai where I picked up a few purple Thai clothes and a purple elephant. I enjoyed a watermelon lime juice on the way home. Later that night due to the heat, exhaustion, adjustment and new foods, I had another hurl. I felt much better after that and went to bed, eager for my first day of training beginning at 6am the next morning. Stay tuned for my next post where I will share more about the Kung Fu retreat.