To Be a Muse: Apsara

  

According to Hindu mythology, an Apsara is a celestial being of the sky, dancing beauties for the gods, men, and musicians.

I was mesmerized by these beautiful reliefs, statues, and paintings adorning walls and entryways from temples to night clubs.  They were everywhere in Southeast Asia, and I became more curious of their mysteries than the temples and museums themselves. 

At first I thought they were a depiction of a goddess.  After learning the name I researched ‘Apsara’ and was surprised to find that they were actually muses, beautifully poised into seduction.

I just wanted to post a little something about them to honor the inspiration women have created in art forms.  Their ubiquitous form can be seen throughout Ankor Wat.  I loved going to a locals club and watching the women dance with their hands so delicately and poised to the thumping music.  I couldn’t help but bring myself back to ancient times, imagining them as Apsaras, hypnotizing the men with their swaying hips.

  
  

Chiang Mai to Pai

  

  
Chiang Mai was a mixture of dualities.  The old and the new, temples and rooftop bars, busy streets filled with tuk tuk drivers and motorbikes, yoga studios and massage oasis at every corner.

I loved it, but I could only stay so long.  Night market after night market, massage advertisement upon advertisement, I began to understand the slogan ‘same same.’

So, yesterday I got a van ride to the Northern Mountains of Pai.  There were about 11 of us.  Mostly French.  The road there was as windy as it gets and two people began puking in plastic bags.  It was only then that I realized why there were plastic bags tied to the seats. Ew.

I gave my Guest House a call and they picked me up from the bus station.  Mountain View Backpacker Guest House is located on the outskirts of Pai, overlooking the mountains.  Private bungalow, queen size bed for $9/night. C’mon!

I waisted no time and got a motorbike lesson.  Time for cruisin’, trekking, swimming, and relaxing.