Have you ever been in this situation? Before going on a trip, you plan a lot of things on your itinerary _ what attractions you must visit, what food you have to taste, what clothes to bring for what kind of weather you'll face, even what you should wear every day during the trip. We're all greedy when it comes to holidays. We want to see all the famous and popular sights and eat all the famous food, otherwise the trip wouldn't be the same.
On my first day in this country, a Thai friend asked me about the air pollution in Beijing. I answered him helplessly: "There was much smog last winter, and the government has tried hard to solve this problem, but the effect is not obvious. I can't do much except live with the polluted air."
The first time I went to Chiang Mai, I couldn't believe it was the second-largest city in Thailand. The city looked so different from my imagination _ in my mind's eye, major cities must have many modern and high-rise buildings. But almost all the buildings there are low and ancient-looking, especially in the Old Town in the centre. Trees and flowers were all around, making it look like a big garden.
A Thai friend said goodbye to me as he was going to study abroad for two years. I asked him why he was leaving. He had a good job. Going abroad meant he had to give up his job and it wouldn't guarantee that his future would be better. In the end, he said: "Same to you. You chose to come to Thailand to spend one year of your life."