We started off by making a curry paste- we got to choose our color & since I'm now obsessed with massaman curry, I went with yellow.
The next course was soup & I chose Tom Kaa, which is a coconut milk based soup with lemongrass and chicken. When it was finished we got to take it outside and enjoy it. We started chatting with other people in the class, mainly about how impressed we were with our own cooking.
Since we were so full, instead of moving on to the noodle portion of the class, they had us do dessert- because no matter how full you are, there's always room for dessert. It's apparently an international rule. I made bananas in coconut milk with palm sugar and pandan leaf and I expected to love it, being my two favorite fruits and all, but it was so mindblowingly good that I actually considered licking the bowl (and totally would have done so in the privacy of my own home).
Back at the hotel Lauren went for a massage while Amanda and I went to check out the Night Bazaar. I was really excited because I like to get interesting artwork as souviners when I go places and I picked up two really cool things here. One of the random carts on the street had a woman making these flat leather pieces that she was pounding out with a nail and then painting. She had different buddhist representations, and I went with an elephant- a traditional symbol of patience and wisdom, I could always use more of both.
Then in the very back of the Kalare Market, there was a an artist's studio that had the most amazing paintings. I was literally there for half an hour trying to decide which one to get, they were all so great. In the end, I chose this one of monks walking up towards a temple:
Lauren was beat after her massage but Amanda and I decided to go out for a drink for our last night in Thailand! We walked around for awhile, and somehow ended up turning down hooker alley where there were a bunch of scantily clad Thai women (women?) hanging out in doorways of mostly empty bars. A couple did have some customers and interestingly, we saw one group playing Jenga. Hooker alley did have a rotee stand, so we picked up a pancake and headed back to the main street. We stopped at John's three level bar so we could look out over the city and had a drink while we watched Naomi Watts have the worst day of her life, dubbed over in Thai, in King Kong.