After the October passport and visa disappointment, Ray gathered his thoughts and took the month of December in Thailand anyway. He was able to meet a relatively new facebook friend
and 11 year friend Tree in Bangkok. From there Ray spent the majority of time in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. There he rented bicycles and discovered new brightly-colored orange and blue temples,
visited past friends, and made a new friend.
After morning bicycle rides, Ray would spend the hottest parts of the day in the hotel air conditioning or at a digital nomad coffeehouse working away on Python scripts
to analyze crime data or demographc data for a Long Beach city council candidate.
The picture shown caught Ray wandering around the Chiang Rai Sunday night market. The picture generated a lot of buzz with many comments to the effect of "Ray, you look so happy in that picture".