26.01.2008 - 01.02.2008 30 °C
Hello Everyone, thought it about time that I added a little something to Rog’s superb blog efforts, especially as we are now quite settled for the next month and so there isn’t a whole heap of anything daily to report. Part of this is an extract from my travel diary so apologies if there are repetitions in any of Rog’s previous extracts to date.
When we arrived on the island I was absolutely exhausted and over-heated from the journey so we got a taxi to take us straight to the nearest resort hotel so we could rest that night with a plan to hire a scoot the next day and go and find our own paradise.
So much for spending way over the odds for a bit of luxury resort living – the bathroom was open air and therefore hosted a continuous party of mosquitoes which, despite the air-con in the bedroom, found there way in to devour my face over the course of the night. The resort itself was also overrun with Swedish families holidaying no doubt to get over their miserably dark winter – a fact we had in fairness been warned about. Nothing at all against the Swedes but a little too family orientated for us right now.
The next morning sporting 6 bites on my face, including one on my left eyelid, we hired said scooter and trundled off down the coast road in search of somewhere more suitable to put down roots for a few weeks. What a superb plan it was. After checking out the “Where Else” bungalows and Bee Bee’s, both of which were indeed as characterful as they had been described but a little too basic for our liking, we found Fishermans Cottages.
A more perfect place would be hard to find! We have the best bungalow overlooking the sea and set on the little “green” which the rest of the bungalows are situated around, giving the whole place a tiny village atmosphere – there are only 11 bungalows in total. The place is run by a Thai chap named Kun who has spent time in London and whose English is therefore very good. His staff, Tom and Lap (also Thai) are extremely friendly and helpful too and between the three of them they cannot be more accommodating. We even keep a bag of chocolate in the beer fridge for when the munchies take over! As our bungalow is at the front of the green near the beach we are also only a hop, skip and jump to the bar which is delightful as we can enjoy morning coffee on our porch and cold beers at sunset in our hammocks. (each bungalow comes with a hammock but they hung another one for us so we could each chill out in comfort) Welcome to “Rancho Relaxo”!!
The bungalow itself is concrete, white-washed which makes for no dark corners for anything to hide in which we much prefer and whilst the bathroom is a quarter open air it actually doesn’t bother us as at night we sleep relatively soundly under a big square mozzy net.
There was one incident the other night however when Rog woke up having been bitten by a small centipede – yuck, horrible things – so we sprayed underneath the mattress and so far so good. I think we have resigned ourselves to having to accept a little bit of nature once in a while – just takes a little more to adapt when it’s actually in bed with you!
Rog has at long last figured out how to get internet access when and wherever we want it using his Thai phone – no surprise to any of you I wouldn’t think ; - ) – and so he is as happy as a sand boy as he is now able to interact with the “real” love of his life….Poker! Can’t complain really as I am chewing through books – oh what a chore!
(Roger with his 1st love)
Usually at about 4pm once the heat is starting to dissipate a little all the guys including staff here kick a football around on the “green” for a bit of exercise and camaraderie and Rog volunteered himself as goalie last night (possible moment of madness bought on by the local beer) so we shall see and if such a sight is witnessed I shall be on the sideline (from my hammock) taking pictures for you all. In fairness he has already exercised his Frisbee talents with the other lads so watch this space ; - )
(There is life in the old man yet)
Suffice to say that life is pretty good just now and we are still revelling in having absolutely nothing to do and no time schedule to have to keep…my legs grow hairier by the day as it is just too much like hard work to get out of my hammock to go find a waxing salon ; -)
Until the next time….or as they say over here “Pob Gun Ka”