Greetings from Phi Phi, and what greetings they are. Now I'm not going to write much as if you saw the glorious white sand beaches just outside you'd understand. We've been in Phi Phi a day or so and it is fab! Yesterday we thought we'd been stranded on a deserted beach with only a bottle of sun cream and hairgrips to defend ourselves, but luckily our friendly boat driver rescued us. Note to self (and mum if your reading) don't worry I will take my Swiss army knife out to the beach from now on. Last night we went out to taste what the nightlife had to offer. And it tasted great, cocktails lots of lovely cocktails.
But the best thing is, I'm talking about Rich (the evil ex) about once every 3 conversations now rather than everyone. I know I'm impressed too!
Anyway, there's tanning to be done. I'll soak up a few rays for you.
Jenna x x
Oh yes, I'm about to travel VIP on a bus! Can't wait. The pictures have tinted windows, reclining seats not bad. Yep I know I was supposed to go to Chaing Mai to see all the cultural sights and go trekking, but I've had so much fun chilling out in Bangkok that I thought I needed a rest. Jenna was heading down to Phi Phi, so in a very unlike me move I've ripped up my plan, and I'm going with her.
Makes a change for me to be spontaneous. Actually very excited. I'm also very relieved that when I go down to the islands I can take off this stupid disguise as I won't be bumping into my one night stand man anymore. J-Lo you can have your giant hat back.
Next post will be from Phi Phi. Jealous yet???
Kate x x
Well after a slightly eventful shop around Bangkok on route to my new accomodation. Nothing like the brochures me and Rich poured over. Think the film the Beach, cardboard walls and not enough room to swing a cat. No luxury massages or revolving restaurants for me! Did I mention Rich was paying for the nice hotels?!
Oh well it could have been worse. Despite my doom and gloom I managed to have a fun night out with another backpacker last night. Ended up in a few bizare situations in Pat Pong, but the highllight has to be the Thai Tom Jones impersonator, I'm still in awe of him! Drank far too many cocktails though, and have had the hangover from hell to compensate for having too much fun. Not too sure where to go next though, which actually is pretty exciting. Have limited money, have my passport, will travel. Watch this space x
So you´d never guess what happened. Two days ago Rich dumped me. Compleatly out of the blue. I´d just got back from having my legs waxed and he tells me he´s having second thoughts and voila I´m single. So now I´m at the airport and going to Thailand on my own. Well i wasn´t going to let him have the satisfaction of ruining my holiday. Or if i am being really truthful, it is more that i had no where else to go as i didn´t want to give my friends and family the satisfaction of giving me the í told you so´s.
Anyway I´m sure Thailand I´ll get on just fine. I mean how hard could travelling be. Everyone seems to do it. Yep suitcase checked. I´m off. Just need to get through the 14 hour flight. Whoop whoop!
Well I made it safe and sound to Bangkok. I’ve arrived in what feels like another world to my guest house in Khao San Road. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in my life. I think I was prepared for it to feel alien, but it is not like I’d imagined at all. It’s like being at a hustley bustley market, yet in sweltering heat with all the shopkeepers shouting at you every where you go. Every time I pick anything up they keep showing me other things and muttering “same same but different”. But it is more western than I expected, there’s even a Boots! Which was ace as I realised I hadn’t forgotten my make up!
There are also loads of people. Well not people, but backpackers. You walk along the street and you might as well be in London. It’s a bit weird though as it is making me feel really lonely. Everyone seems to be travelling with someone, or seem to bump into people they know as they walk down the street. Just how long have these people been here?? And how do they meet each other. I thought loads of people travelled alone, but since I’ve got here I haven’t seen many people on their own at all. I’m usually quite content with my own company (which is a good thing the amount of hours I put in at work after most people go home). Maybe it’s the jetlag talking. I can’t be homesick I’ve been here less than 24 hours. And plus, this place seems fab I just need to find some people to enjoy it with.
Well tomorrow I’m going to go and sightsee outside of the Khao San Road. It took me a good 4 hours this morning to coax myself out of the room, but tomorrow I think I will be brave enough to explore on my own.
I can’t believe it; I’m at the departure lounge at Heathrow. My flight is a little delayed because of the snow, but it is still going! I can’t believe I got all my work done in time. I’ve even managed to find time to paint my toenails. So I am officially ready!
To be truthful I am totally petrified. I’ve never been travelling before. The furthest I’ve been outside of Europe was a shopping holiday in New York. For once I’m feeling very out of my depth! I’m also rubbish at packing my back pack. I threw everything in at the last minute so goodness knows what sort of state it’ll be in when I collect it at the other end. I’m sure there must be a method to packing it that doesn’t involve standing in it to squish everything done.
I’ve been so busy at work that I haven’t had much time to do any research. I have got a couple of guidebooks with me though so I hope to have a good read and plan on the plane. I’m spending the first two days in Bangkok so if anyone wants to give me any advice of things to do or see then please do! Also in general any tips on how to back pack would me much appreciated!!!
Kate x x
Well this is is folks. This time next week Rich and I will be off on our South East Asian extravagazna. I've bought a billion bikinis to keep me sorted for the islands. I finally tracked down some amazing sunglasses, on sale.
I'm dead excited. I've only got 5 more days of work. I couldn't be happier that i've quit. Although my parents did give me a good lecture. At least when we get home i'll be living with Rich so i can be a bit more fussy about my next job.
Right well i am off for a pedicure so i can pop those flip flops on as soon as i step off the plane! Whoop whoop!
Then for the rest of the week I've got to work out what to put in the very small suitcase (Rich won't let me take my usual monster!).
This time in 36 hours and I will be on a plane to Thailand! Can't wait. Except I am worried I am never going to get to finish my work on time to make it. I'm leaving my current employers so I've got to make sure i finish all my work before I go. And then I've got to finish my last minute shopping for essentials such a mossy repellant, suntan lotion and a bikini or too. Thinking i might have to get it all at the airport. But don't fear i have one of my very long lists with every thing i need to take. Where would i be without my lists!
In fact i can't wait to come back from my trip to Thailand as I'll get to tick off independent traveller off my big life plan list! I haven't ticked anything off that list since I qualified as a solicitor. And all my non work or academic related ones like ski diving and learning a language, or and finding a husband have remained very unticked over the years.
So 36 hours and counting! Woohoo. Right best get back to work unless i went my sucssessor to think i was utterly useless at my job!