Crossroads

© Unknown Author

“As we move through life, the force of fate creates events that we only appreciate when we reflect on our existence.” ~ Ronald Harmon

Journal, 14 January 2012. Khao Lak, Thailand.

START THE DAY.

Didn’t get any sleep during the entire night. That crazy Finn sharing the dorm kept on talking in his sleep all through the night… Uff, I’m gonna be impossibly grumpy later today…

7am, I check for messages on my Facebook. Got one from Idil, she’s online now. We switch on Skype and spend the next two hours chatting outside the dorm.

She tells me a friend of hers had a bike accident on New Year’s Eve and has been in a comma until recently. What a way to start the year…

My trip is going well, I’m slowly making my way towards Northern Thailand. Not sure how long this expedition will last – or if I’ll go back to London afterwards. Not after everything I’ve lived, experienced, learned. Idil says that’s probably a good idea, but let’s wait and see…

She also recommends I pay a visit to Phuket, since Pasha is there and has offered me her hospitality. Hmmm the place sounds like a giant tourist trap but yeah okay, I’ll think about it…

Easy smile, easy conversation. Still connected with Idil even though we’re a gazillion miles apart.

Not a bad way to start the day after all. Now, for a shower and some breakfast…

IDEAS ARE LIKE SEEDS.

I make a move to the Wicked Café for some breakfast – porridge and tea. Jackie, the girl on today’s morning shift, gives me a special price discount for helping her out with an issue with her iTunes/iPod… Nice girl. German, 19 years old. Spending a season here before starting college and babysitting for her aunt who just had a baby (her uncle is the owner of the Café).

Jackie tells me there’s an orphanage nearby that needs foreign volunteers to teach English to the kids, would I be interested?… Hmmm an orphanage? That’s kinda cool. But I’m not sure if I want to linger in Khao Lak for several weeks…

Hostel. I publish a new blog post and play a bit with the WordPress plug-ins, trying to add some more social interactiveness to the site… Now there’s a Like button per post and page, a share to Facebook and Twitter, and visitors can comment on posts using their FB or Twitter ID… Sweet.

Off to the beach to rest my eyes from the evil computer screen. The Sun is glorious…

GLIMPSES OF NEW LIFE.

Tropical weather is a funny thing. You got scorching Sun one minute, and a downpour the next. Fortunately by then I was already back at the hostel and well fed after a shrimp pad thai lunch at a local restaurant…

Feels wonderful sitting outside the dorm, sheltered from the storm. You’ve got the warm air and a slight breeze, and the sound of the rain…

Jackie’s conversation this morning got me wondering. I guess it is about time I started researching on volunteering opportunities, it was part of the plan anyway…

I grab my netbook and start googling for volunteering in Thailand. There’s some really cool stuff out there – on WWOOF there’s this yoga community for drug addicts and abuse victims near Chiang Rai. I could potentially teach English and IT and have yoga classes…

“Marketing and social media”, eh? How strange, this ad has my face written all over it…

SAME ROOM, NEW PEOPLE.

New character on the dorm – Lisa from Sweden, 51 years old, has five kids… Five kids? Really? Amazing… Good energy too, I like her immediately and invite her to join Isa and I for dinner tonight.

After dinner Isa and I go for a wander and a drink nearby. I think we’re both feeling quite knackered tonight as conversation progresses slowly, and I can feel my mind getting more and more cloudy…

I escort Isa to her hotel and return to the hostel. Definitely sleeping with ear plugs tonight…

GRATITUDE.

• Internet, Wi-Fi, Facebook, Skype, Google.
• Friends from half-way across the World.
• Insightful conversations over breakfast.
• Thai food.
• Ear plugs.

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