Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
374Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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Following everyone else onto the boat I almost put on the life jacket slung over the back of every seat as soon as I stepped on board with water leaking in from the roof at every possible seam. Looking around the people seemed to have changed here too with families on holiday and package tourists making up the bulk of the passengers as I happily joined them like a little sheep looking for a the same few days in the (hopefully) sun.
A representative of the guesthouse I was staying at met me at the dock looking like a Bob Marley wannabe complete with an Ozzie Osbourne tattoo but turning into the most polite likable guy on wheeling my bag away in a little cart
The island is made up of two main clumps of land (technical description) connected by a flat sandbank in between where most of the hotels, shops, dive centers, restaurants, etc are located along with more than a fair share of bars complete with oversized buckets of cocktails at undersized prices.
There was a lot of building sites and piles of rubble scattered about which I'm only guessing is still post-tsunami re-construction which with the overcast sky and rain still falling did little improve the atmosphere when thinking back to what it must have been like here on that boxing day almost 2 years ago now.
With the weather reminiscent of being back in Blighty it seemed only right that the menu at most places displayed such home comforts as beans on toast and bangers and mash yet ordered a plate of pad thai which has kinda become a home comfort food to me now anyway.
The South East Asia backpacker morning staple of banana pancakes can be found here in abundance on every little corner but joining them is further choices beyond the usual alternate fruit and chocolate flavors including banana and jam, peanut and lemon or even the choice for one stuffed with a hot dog, tomato, cheese and onions. I'll let someone else try it first.