Trip Start May 20, 2007
Trip End May 31, 2008

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hi everyone!
It's been a while since I've updated this thing but I'm still here and very much alive!
The latest news is that I had a week off in the end of July and I got to travel to some beaches in the south of Thailand. We had a really nice time. The province we went to is called Krabi. We split our time between Ao Nang, Railay and the island Ko Phi Phi. All the beaches had mountains and limestone cliffs alongside the clear water; it was just as beautiful as you can imagine! Ko Phi Phi is one of the islands that was devastated by the tsunami, but the only signs of it were a little debris and shiny new signs that mark new evacuation routes up the mountains.  I imagine that the island was a lot more built up before the wave. New hotels, restaurants and bars are still being popping up, but it was fairly quiet, which was a nice. Someone we met on the island pointed out a marker three quarters of the way up a huge palm tree and told us that a guy who was stuck in the tree waiting to be rescued marked that as the highest point that the water hit on the tree. Ko Phi Phi is relatively tiny with a current population of 2,500 people and approximately 2,000 people died during the tsunami. I can't even wrap my head around what it must have been like to be there. 
This area is also known for its rock climbing so of course I had to give that a try. This is the mountain that I climbed up (not all the way of course).  While we were walking along the beach to get to the rock though, our guide had me holding a bag of fruit that was for a snack while we were climbing. I was reminded once again I wasn't in New York anymore when suddenly there was a monkey following close behind me.  Our guide was yelling at him and threatening him with a stick but he kept coming closer. He just stood there blocking the path that we needed to follow for a good five minutes before he gave up. Monkeys might look nice but they're known to go after tourists! One of the days when I wasn't rock climbing or relaxing on the beach, we rented a motor boat to take us around to the beaches on some of the smaller islands. The pictures are pretty self explanatory! Oh and I almost forgot, I got to ride an elephant through the jungle too!  Over all it was a fun trip, but then I came back to Bangkok reality and there were 150 midterms waiting to be graded!
Hope this little update finds everyone happy and healthy!
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