Wow... that was quite the adventure! While the things we did were amazing, it feels SOOO good to be back in Chiang Mai. Venisha got quite ill on the trek. It came on suddenly and for the last hour of our hike on slippery, steep, muddy trails, she was throwing up off and on. Our guide, "Dee" was so sweet. He patted her back and fanned her with a big leaf. I felt so bad for her, but there was little I could do but be there for support. When we finally arrived at the hilltribe village, she was still sick. We both went into the hut and to bed right away. Throughout the night, she had fever, chills and she felt kind of delirious. She felt like she was spinning. We were wracking our brains trying to figure out what it was. Could it be something she ate? Malaria? Dengue Fever? The options are endless. The next morning her fever had broken, but she still didn't feel too great. I also was not feeling well the next day. Luckily I wasn't feverish, but I had that queasy, nautious feeling again. I couldn't eat anything. The look and smell of thai food made me sick. We went on an elephant ride through the jungle which was really cool. I tried really hard to take it all in, but I felt nautious the whole time.
After the elephant ride, we went on a 2 1/2 hour bamboo raft ride down the river. Had I been feeling better, I would have totally loved that! It was such an amazing experience. They literally were finishing making the bamboo rafts as we were getting on. We went down rapids on this thing! Our raft started to fall apart a little and our guide was tying bamboo strings around it as we were flying down the rapids. Quite exciting! Because I felt sick, I was glad when it was over. We arrived back to our guesthouse last night. A shower never felt so good! We celebrated Venisha's birthday with our fellow tour people (a swiss couple, 2 Italian guys, 2 British girls, and a British guy). The guesthouse people gave us a cake and unlimited fruit to celebrate. They are so sweet here. I took my antibiotic because I'm so tired of feeling nautious all the time. I think it's working. Cross your fingers! I don't think I will be eating Thai food for a long time. We had an American breakfast this morning, banana pancake and peppermint tea. Ahh.
Down time is in order now. We are taking it easy today. We have been going non-stop since we got to Thailand and it has caught up to us. We are going to do a spa day tomorrow. Only a few more days and we'll be leaving. It has gone so fast. I look forward to catching up with everyone in person!