Day Three in my mini-diary entries this week. Go back and read Day One and Day Two if you missed them…
0645 – Wake up and get up straight away, and am pleased. Until I realize that I should have set my alarm for earlier, and need to be out and ordering my taxi at 7am. No time for breakfast today.
0653 – While I’m dressing I realize both underarms are really painful. I start having catastrophic thoughts about all kinds of things, enlarged and cancerous lymph glands and so on.
0704 – When I put my rucksack on, I realize that the two painful areas are exactly where the straps dig in. Oh.
0728 – Up and out, taxi ordered, some anxious moments waiting for it. When it comes I sit in the back, trying to think that it is out of my hands whether I get there in time and I shouldn’t worry. I don’t entirely succeed.
0756 – We get there and I rush to give the guy on the pier my ticket. He waves me away to the ticket office – in a very typical Thai move, the ticket I think I have isn’t a ticket, it’s like a promise of a ticket. I have to queue to exchange it for an actual ticket. I fidget in the queue.
0803 – I am on the boat and we are off. I sit on the top deck where it is cool because it’s both windy and in the shade, but also hard to use the computer. I write my morning pages and then read my book and try not to feel sick.
0843 – I get a motorbike taxi home with a sweet man who proudly poses with his bike when I ask him to. It’s cooling and I can feel myself catching the sun again, which is good as I wanted more of a tan after all the comments of how pale I was when I came home!
0906 – I am home at my bungalow, where all is very peaceful. I try and turn on the AC for a minute, and it’s not working. I try the lights, not working. And I can’t get a wifi signal. I call the rental agency and they tell me all electricity is out on the island until 2pm. Everywhere.
0926 – I lie in the hammock and read. Then I fall asleep.
1114 – After a longer-than-I-meant-to sleep, I walk to the local shops. It’s really hot, mid 30s. I go for a massage, but realise halfway through this is a very hot activity with no AC or fan. I suspect both the masseur and I are regretting it by the end, but it does work out some of the kinks of travel.
1235 – I go to a local veggie café who are able to cook using gas. I have a penang curry with brown rice, and it’s lovely. I discuss the possibility of buying several portions of a couple of things to take to a party I am going to this evening. I set up a tab with them – it’s run by an English woman and her partner, and it’s a really friendly place. I amuse myself by reading and making lists.
1400 – No one’s electric has gone back on yet, so I walk to a shop which sells all kinds of things – batteries to tea towels, chest of drawers to tin openers. I buy a few bits for my bungalow – a jug for water, a broom, some bins. At the moment it’s a bit bare.
1445 – I get home and am greeted by the biggest Gecko yet. I have several Geckos in my room. I don’t mind, they eat the insects which I do mind. And then the electricity comes back on. I have a shower and get dressed for yoga. I cool down in the AC for a bit before I head out to class.
1600 – Yoga. I’m really excited (though the class is pretty much silent and you keep your eyes closed, so I have to keep it contained inside) as not only do I get up into headstand on my own, but I touch my toes in both standing forward bend AND sitting forward bend. This has never happened before. I would have done a happy dance if you weren’t supposed to keep perfectly still in the poses…
1830 – Home and I get ready to go out again. I shower – again (did I mention it’s really hot here?!) – and put a dress on. Yet another look. I walk back to the veggie café to pick up the food I have ordered.
1945 – I’m at my friend Caz’s party. She has about 10-15 people she has met in the couple of months she has been on the island there, all of whom have brought different foods. There’s a great range (food and people!), and plenty for all. I chat to people, and work on my developing social skills. It’s fun. People are open and kind, and all of them have done some of the yoga, whether a few lessons, a full month, or they’re working their way through the (24) levels. A couple of people play the guitar in the background and it all feels very chilled out and relaxed.
1145 – There’s a crazy wind and storm outside, and it’s rained on and off all night, so I accept a lift on a scooter from one of the group in order to get home before the next downpour begins. When it rains here, it really rains. It’s still hot though. He drops me home, and I fall into bed. It’s been a long three days.
And I’m doing it all again next week…