Routine and safety first

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
Trip End Mar 16, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Surat Thani,
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

So the first six days out of our 35 day trip we are spending relaxing in the beach resort of Ko Samui. We have slipped into the usual routine of late big breakfast (shoving some fruit in our bags when the waiters are not looking - oh to be British) lounging by the pool and reading. Mayu has read a Sophie Kinsella novel in 2 days and I have been enjoying GQ magazine - complete with article on Boris. We must elect him PM just for the fun factor! The odd dip in the pool. A Thai massage (wow) every other day. Afternoon siesta. Happy hour drinks (well 3 hours). Sunset meal and the occasional DVD (finally watched Rum Diary last night - oh to be Johnny Depp!)
Yesterday however we ventured out on a "mad dogs and Englishman" walk down the beach to Bo Phut, a small village nearby. We watched a wonderful rain shower during which it becomes evident just how much we worry about Health and Safety back home. Did we ever for instance allow electrical fuse boxes on the outside of buildings exposed to rainwater? Or allow entire families to ride on motorcycles without not just helmets but anything at all remotely safe? Did we ever allow buildings to be erected with hidden steps which caused a Scotsman in a bar to fall over while returning to his seat. He seemed more intent on saving the beer and not loosing his dignity than to any damage to his person. No doubt if this had happened in the UK or even worse the USA then the first thought would have been legal retribution against the cafe rather than sparing ones blushes!
Anyhow there is something charming about a relaxed approach to Health and Safety which seems to go hand-in-hand with a more relaxed approach to life!

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David on

Ah yes! The Jurassic Coast is lovely when the sun is shining. And it's not raining. Or cold. Or windy. But it does fall short of the ideal in one or two key areas. Massage, for instance. Yes, you could ask Joyce, the 22st farmers wife from Budleigh, to give you a rub down, but I'm really not sure you'd describe that as a spiritual experience - 'memorable', perhaps. And as for cocktails on the beach? Well, it's 1 degree above freezing at Sidmouth today, so I'm thinking a mug of hot, sugary tea and a pasty rather than a Tequila Sunrise. Sounds like you're having fun, keep it up and don't eat the seafood. Us xx

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