I said Krabi. Not Crabs.

Trip Start Dec 21, 2009
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

First Update - Tuesday 5th Jan.

Arrived at Krabi airport in the evening on Boxing Day with Mum and M-L. We took a bus and found the hotel in Ao Nang soon enough. They then made a MASSIVE deal about the room which I thought was perfectly ok. One argument, embarrassing exchange at the front desk and several minutes later, we were in another room - which just about satisfied the crowd.

Spent the next few days sunbathing, swimming and generally indulging unashamedly.
We also took a day trip out, during which we went in a dragon boat, sea canoeing,
visited James Bond Island (of Man with the Golden Gun fame), visited the temple
of the lounging Buddha, fed the monkeys and had lunch in a floating village restaurant..
Awesome fun and the perfect way to get a tan!

Mum and Marie-Louise, having stocked up on pointless presents, returned home
yesterday (4th Jan) and have got back ok.

I decided to spend the day planning the rest of my travels and roaming the town
(and beach) until exhaustion.. Being on my own for the first time in such a foreign climate, on the  beach and in the sun was unforgettable! Had dinner (fried rice and corn on the cob) from a street vendor for the sum total or 1 pound (can't find the symbol on this bizarre thai keyboard) 20p... sweet!

Went out to a bar and met some crazy/awesome English folk who live out there. Having drunk a fair amount of Rum with them to celebrate the birth of one of their sons, I headed home and packed to leave Ao Nang in the morning. As I write now, I'm in Krabi Town (having taken a bus to get here) where I'll be for a few days before I meet up with everyone on Saturday.

For those of you that don't know.. I'm teaching English here for 10 weeks, while actually
taking the TEFL course at the beginning. Essentially, I get taught how to teach in the morning, put it into practice in the afternoon, and then have a review session in the evening to discuss the whole process.

Right, off to explore the night markets now before getting an early night's sleep. Peace. xx

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marie on

im very very jealous! say hi to the elephants for me. and john too! and serves you right for the chilli paste, everyones knows its spicier than chilli powder! haha. love youxxxxxxxxx

M-H on

So envious.... Enjoy!.... I have uploaded some photos on Facebook. What a fab time we had!... Of course you'll be ok. Just look at situations from a distance before you look at details. It helps dodging pitfalls. Keep well and have a great time with john + your day out + meeting your new crowd. xxxx

Cecilia on

Love the chilli experience...in Sri Lanka 15 years ago i mistook one of those for a green bean and merrily picked it off my plate to chew on it until, well, er...a few hours later i was still trying to take the heat off my mouth with some crushed coconut!!!
off to paris/monte carlo now-in the snow. God i envy you and your buddhas...

Helena on

AH IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE HAVING SUCH A GREAT TIME!! i'm proud of your mad teaching skills, obviously, and impressed that you actually have managed to keep this blog up, we do appreciate knowing you haven't died from encounters with syphillis-ridden ladyboys or what have you :).
keep safe, wear sunscreen (i don't care how tan you want to get), and have so much fun!!

M-H on

Reading this with Stephen at Alan and Julie's... Great fun :-)... I felt for you thinking of lesson 2. But don't we say that practice makes perfect?.. Enjoy.... :-))))

M-H on

Not that I want to show off... but the "cool Thai sign" means "Exit" :-))). Thanks for giving us such a laugh with this blog. Still very very envious...

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