Update from Tonsai
Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
17Trip End Jan 01, 2011
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The wildlife in the jungle is really amazing, the bugs aren't as bad as one would think, the mosquitoes are annoying, but luckily they are so big they sting when they bite, making it quite difficult for them to silently suck my blood. On the way to the internet cafe I came across a large family of monkeys. Their ages were ranging from newborn to much older. I began taking pictures when I noticed one of the baby monkeys was stuck in a garbage cage. He was crying and trying to find a way out. I immediately dropped my stuff and went to help him. At one point I got to close and he screamed in fear, an older male monkey ran up to me with a roar and made a very aggressive territorial expression of anger. I stepped back and averted my gase, trying to appear as submissive as possible. It was incredible to watch these creatures interact with each other. I approached the cage again and found a door to open, freeing the baby monkey from his confining predicament.
Living in the jungle isn't always dandy. The other night I was sleeping at one of the bars and I woke up to a cockroach crawling on me. Or a few nights before my fan was positioned in such a way that it was blowing mosquitoes right into my mosquito net
I am thoroughly enjoying my stay on Tonsai Beach. It really is a dream, and while I love this lifestyle, my conscious is beckoning, reminding me of what I set out to accomplish. Tonsai beach is a place I will return to often through-out my life, I have a job that will always be here, the best climbing and scuba diving in the world, and a community and lifestye that I never knew could exist. i will stay here until the end of the month, come April 1st I will be headed up to one of Thailand's oldest temples, where I will become a Buddhist monk for 10 days. i will have to take a vow of silence, I will get 2 meals a day, one at 4:00 am and the other at 11:00 am, no eating after noon. Tonsai has completely satisfied my desire to find paradise, but I am truly looking forward to pursuing my spiritual and internal enlightenment. After I plan to head up to Chang Mai for the Thailand new year and the famous water festival that takes place there.