Here is what I can tell you…
Wednesday, December 28th 2011, my first visitors from America arrived. Jaime and Miles flew in from Bangkok and took the shuttle into downtown Surat Thani (downtown meaning the middle part of the biggest street.) I waited for them outside of the Tops Market. When the shuttle pulled up I didn’t see them get out so I walked around to the side and spotted Miles at the back of the bus. I waved them off and called my friend Ryan who drove down on his motorcycle to help get them to the house.
Although exhausted from their travels we hit the town…has much as can be done on a Wednesday. We ate dinner with my roommates and friends at a place called Bali Bar which specializes in good food served by pretty girls in tiny dresses. Where else was I going to take them?
The next morning we caught the 8:30am bus/ferry to Koh Phangnan. In was sunny on the way out so we sat on deck eating instant breakfast cereal, drinking beer and making new friends.
I was really excited going into the party. I loved the idea of merging my friends from home and my friends from here and having a huge ruckus New Years blowout. I was convinced we would eventually run into them. We didn’t.
We decided this after standing near the ocean and seeing countless guys and girls peeing in the ocean and winging beer bottles at each other. The Koh Phangnan parties draw all the finest douches from around the world. I’m glad I’ve experienced them, I won’t go again.
The majority of the globe is hungover on New Year’s Day. It would take a pack of idiots to try to get from Koh Phangnan in the Gulf of Thailand all the way across the country to the Andaman Coast. We are a pack of idiots.
The ferry was overflowing with people trying to get off the island. That was fine until it started raining and we got stuck outside. To make matters worse it was cold. It's never cold in Thailand. WTF? Jaime found shelter under the rubber mats protecting the luggage and Miles found the rest of us a wind-sheltered spot nearby.
We made a quick pit-stop in Surat to get the rest of Jaime and Miles luggage and got on a bus bound for Krabi. When we arrived the rain was still hammering down. When we woke-up the next morning the rain was still hammering down. When we finished our insanely over-priced breakfast the sun was out and the sky was blue.
I have been to Railay several times and it remains my favorite place in Thailand. We spent the day exploring and lounging on the beach. At night we watched a sweet fire show. (Jaime, Justin and I watched a sweet fire show; Miles was rooting around under the outside deck trying to find the sandal he dropped.) We had a great night that didn’t end until 4:30am.
We got up fairly early the next morning and watched the second half of the Stanford-Oklahoma State bowl game. That was the first live football I’ve watched in well over a year. Afterwards we went back to my favorite beach on Railay. A few hours later I said my goodbyes and made my way home.
As I type this Jaime, Miles and Justin are still traveling. Tonight will be their final night on Phi Phi Island. I can’t wait to hear the stories about what I missed.
It went by fast. We had an aggressive travel agenda. I’m glad I got to show them everything I got to show them. But, I wish we had more time to just chill.
It was nice to talk about home; about how things are changing and how nothing has changed at all. Back home the milestone peaks are being followed by lulls of easy predictability.
Out here, living abroad, the big peaks are followed by smaller peaks. Life is jutting and jumping and unpredictable.
I miss California. I miss the people. I miss the place.
I am addicted to the adventure of living abroad. I am addicted to the lull-less life.
I booked my tickets to Nepal. I'm officially hiking to the basecamp of Mt. Everest in April.
I'm 245 pages into my book. 30 pages or so to go. Please don't suck. Please don't suck. Please don't suck.
I didn't bring my camera anywhere. I will post more pictures after I raid what the boys took.
Boys - If you're still reading this, come visit me in Prague. A new adventure awaits!