Today Marty, the Australian, offered to take me on a ride through the mountains during our lunch break. We had a long talk while working this morning about my dream and what I am doing and he thought it was great. He even invited me to come work on his farm in Australia; I hope I can take him up on that offer. He is a beautiful person; he has a very open mind and is very interesting to talk to. He was telling me I need to read the Power of Now which is a book I’ve been meaning to read for forever, it’s been brought up so much recently I feel like I just need to go ahead and get it once I get home. Once we hit our lunch break we took off immediately. He figured out a route we could take that would take us in a big circle through a bunch of little villages and through some pretty countryside. He had to get the bike back before the evening time but he said he had a few hours to kill so we took off. The ride was very pleasant. The wind in my face made the heat much more tolerable. You can tell Thailand is incredibly beautiful when it’s not so smoky. Some of the shapes of the mountains were really unique. Because the Songkran festival ended in the weekend kids decided to carry it on through and were still throwing water. We went through one village and there were a whole group of kids who came running out in the street laughing and pouring buckets all over us. Thai children are some of the happiest children I’ve ever seen. One thing I’ve noticed since being here is how genuine people’s smiles are. Every where I go I always smile at people when I walk past them and I’ve begun to pay close attention to how many people smile back. It’s actually probably about 80% of people that smile back as long as your not in a city. If you are in a city the chance you can even make eye contact with someone is slim. However even though 80% of people will smile back, usually the smile looks forced of surprised or like they are just trying to be polite. Rarely do you smile at someone and they give you a full-hearted, genuine smile back. However, in Thailand it’s different. Every person I smile at smiles back at me with their heart. I’ve never seen so many genuine smiles from people in my life, and if you wave, they get excited and wave back like they are just appreciative that you acknowledged them. It’s beautiful. We ended up stopping to get some water at a creek where people were swimming and there were a couple vendors with food and drinks for sale. A group of guys probably in their early 20’s invited us to sit down with them. Only one of them spoke a few words of English but they waved us over and motioned for us to join them. It’s funny trying to communicate with people when you speak completely different languages. Especially watching Marty do it, he just talks like they understand him and you can tell by their facial expression that they have no clue what he’s saying and that they are just nodding and agreeing without any idea of what they are agreeing with. Yet he just keeps talking and then compliments them on their English speaking abilities. It’s kind of comical to watch. Once we drank our water we continued on. I filmed a lot of the ride with my GoPro so hopefully I got some cool footage. After a couple hours on the moped my butt really started to hurt, I had been thinking about how great one would be to travel on but after spending a couple hours on the back of it, I began to think otherwise. Once we got back to town we stopped for some tea and then Marty dropped me back off at the farm. I really appreciated the ride and I definitely enjoyed his company. I was glad I got to explore a little and see some of the countryside, and I really liked seeing all the little villages. The simplicity of people’s lives here really intrigue me, I think it’s really beautiful. I hope to see Marty again, I think I will try to see if I can make it back to Australia and take him up on his invitation.