The maze of plants, produce, and pies throughout the halls of Detroit’s Eastern Market provide a feast for the senses and a discovery of hidden local gems. The tall walls of butcheries and produce distribution centers are adorned with murals showcasing the Market’s dedication to local goods and pride in the City of Detroit.
There’s so many things to do in this city, but the experience wouldn’t have been complete without making the most out of the place — and that means exploring outside city boundaries.
Me and a few others decided to book a little retreat in Mae Taeng: a beautiful and very large forest where we’d be able to do some hiking and living with a few locals in the village. This would be our full weekend, meaning we’d spend the night somewhere absolutely remote. Given that this week I’m going to get back to my regular day job working hours, it seemed like the perfect excuse to go offline.
We stopped by a local market first, where we grabbed some supplies. Amongst those supplies, we got some tasty cockroaches and maggots to try… and guess what — they were surprisingly tasty. Almost peanut-buttery like.
When we got there, after a very guilty elephant taxi ride (I’m totally against these rides, by the way, no one should ever do them. It’s so cruel to the animals, I need some karma points back), we were treated to this view:
Elephants are awesome.
And this is where we spent the night: on a bamboo house with a few blankets and mosquito nets… and that was that. No power, no lights of any kind, just us and nature. It felt pretty good to wind down this way.