Feb 16, 5pm
It’s 5pm now and it feels like nothing at all has occurred today. That’s just fine with me. I got up to secure our rooms for one more night. No trouble there. The rest of the day was just relaxing. I had an excellent chicken sandwich on a baguette for breakfast, then went to an Internet cafÃ© to check email and do a few other online tasks. I installed C1 on the cafÃ© computer so I could process a few photos into preview images, but I won’t post them until I check that the color and contrast is okay. The monitors in that place were pretty shabby, and the color looked very strange.
I sat on the beach under a palm tree for a while, alternating between reading about Northern Thailand and watching the picturesque parade of topless Swedish girls ruining their pink skin in the pounding sun.
This afternoon I bought a few bamboo skewers of tasty satay pork, some chunks of fresh watermelon, and a drink box of iced green tea. I brought them back to eat on my enormous private verandah–it’s bigger than the room itself, I think–overlooking a tropical garden and goldfish pond complete with waterfall. It’s really quite idyllic.
I wonder if there are any responsibilities that come with having a verandah like this? Maybe this is where resort staff and guests will congregate in the event of an emergency? Or perhaps I’ll have to host the inter-resort basketball tournament here?
I feel like my body is finally acclimatized to the tropics now. I feel the heat, but it’s not nearly as severe. I donÂt feel exhausted, even after a prolonged walk in the sun. I know the temperture is hovering around the 37C point. You can add a few degrees to that for the Humidex, but it’s not as torturous as I found it before. It’s kind of a shame that my system has finally caught up with my geographical coordinates, because we’re heading up to Bangkok tomorrow on an overnight sleeper bus, and I’m flying to Chiang Rai in very northernmost part of Thailand the next day.
Feb 17, 9:50am
Thai massage seems to be agreeing with me. I went last night before dinner. The masseuse was much stronger than the first one I had. She twisted and kneaded and bent me into all kinds of shapes. It felt like she was trying to realign the muscles of my legs. It was sometimes painful, but never unpleasantly so. I walked out of there feeling about 20 lbs. lighter. Later on, I looked at my ankles, which felt particularly good. For 14 years I’d put up with fluid and swelling in my right ankle from a baseball injury. After last night’s massage, the swelling was completely gone. My legs feel new again.
Had a BBQ dinner in Chaweng last night at the African CafÃ©. It was a decent meal, but nothing spectacular.
This morning I’ll be packing up and getting ready for the long journey to Bangkok. I should arrive in the Khao San road area at 6am tomorrow.
wow that verandah is paradise and relaxing sounds very appealing right about now.
I’m happy to hear that thai yoga massage is working for you 🙂 There’s a million and one contacts local to you I’m happy to give you when you return if you get addicted to the results :hug:
I look forward to more updates!
I tell ya, relaxation sounds mighty fine to me right now. Heck … if it weren’t so crappy here weather-wise I’d just love to go out and shoot. It’s been nothing but cold and wet here past few days.
I wish I could sit on that veranda for a few days..Had my surgery yesterday,feel like dying..never had so much pain in my whole life..
glad to read you are having a good time
miss you hugs
but where are the PICTURE of the topless Swedish girls???!!!
that was supposed to be “pictures”… plural
A couple martinis on that veranda seems heavenly,glad to hear the Thom calfs are in good shape! Ramona had a baby girl yesterday 9lbs 2oz OWWWW!!!! her name is Racheal.Have a safe journey! Talk to you soon!
Hope you’re having the time of your life bro… Wish I was with ya..