Best thing so far, I finally rented a scooter. I did the math and by running all over town in tuk tuks and baht buses I'd spend more per month than on the rental. My training, as it were, consisted of 20 minutes out in a parking lot with a teenage Thai boy giving me what might have been instructions. I guess I did well enough for him because at the end he hopped on the back and said "O.K. you good now, you drive" and off we went back to the rental place to finalize the paperwork. I love it, the freedom is awesome. Chiang Mai is actually pretty spread out and I spent the evening booting all over town, whipping in and out of traffic. That's why I came here, to do something different and this one certainly counts.
On a housekeeping note, I also rented a condo, sweet 1 bedroom, brand new building with a pool. It costing me a whopping $350 a month, I'll post pics once I get moved in on Thursday. I looked at a few places but this one is the same price as other ones I saw and is so much nicer. I was at one of the big complexes, where many farang live and they are paying the same price for these tiny bachelors. Safety in numbers I guess.
I'm so done with hotel living and not having any kind of schedule, I can't wait for school to start in 6 days.