Today we say goodbye to America for the next couple of years. On January 8th, we will arrive in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On January 10th, we will start a two week course on sustainable farming and Thai Cooking at PunPun Farm. During those two weeks it will be hard for us to update our journal, as we will have very limited internet access. Before we go into this "internet silence", we have a few things to say to everyone at home.
Shade Market has, and always will, rely on the support of great people. When Paige had the idea to travel the world, write, eat and spread love, it seemed idyllic and unrealistic. But she has never wavered from her conviction that Shade Market would become something great one day. It seems that passion is contagious. "Let me know how I can help!" has been the response we have gotten so often when we explain our vision. Well, those were more than kind words. Our friends, family, and supporters all over the world made it possible for us to exceed our goal on Kickstarter, and help fund our impending travel and research. There are no words to express our gratitude. All we can do now is make you all proud to be a part of Shade Market. As we embark on this journey, later tonight, you are on our minds and in our hearts.
Of course, this is only a goodbye for now. We plan on having our first physical Shade Market open in the U.S.A. We can't wait to share what we learn with you in person. For now, follow along online. The stories, recipes, and photos we post are your insight to the world we are traveling and the book we are writing. We love you. We miss you already. Farewell!