August 21st 2005, Koh Phangan
Far out! I’m melting. Slowest internet-connection ever. Whilst waiting for a page to load I enjoy a slight breeze coming from the fan every 10 secs. There are huge sweat patches under my armpit I kind of feel embarrassed about…
You see, this is how travelling works. You make plans and then you meet people with better advises and you just go with the flow. We ditched our tickets to Krabi and got off here in Koh Phangan which actually would have just been a stop to change boats. Best choice ever!
Bottle Beach – Poshest place we’ve been to so far. Our apartment (!) has proper walls and windows, a tiled bathroom with a nice shower and most of all: a decent toilet! Bowl, lid, paper, flush- all included! There was also clean linen on the bed. High five to all of this!
After chilling in bed and on the loo (oh bliss! to sit and shit!) we checked out the restaurant and the lounge. So stoked! Cosy and open-spaced. The menu looked promising, too. Tofuburger, Thaicurry, Chips – according to our snorkelling-buddies it was all tasty and the people really easy going. The beach was a stunner, the water was clear and calm.
But all the happiness aside I was tired and felt worn out. Maybe it’s the steady change of “homes” I still had to adapt to. Made me think of the quote by the Boat-Car-Guy in the movie ‘Waking Life’: „The idea is to remain in a state of constant departure while always arriving“.
Anyway. To deal with this low I took a walk along the beach and listened to Radiohead, Deftones and Rage Against The Machine. Changed to Incubus when I felt a bit better.
Returning to the care-free spirit I met the oddest dog ever. It had dreadlocks worse than mine (yes, I left the brush back at home, too. Wilfully though!) All shaggy and knotty from salt, sea and sand, it evoked disgust and empathy alike. Looked a bit goofy, too. I kinda liked this dog anyway, it made me smile. I refused stroking nonetheless.
I dig my toes into the sand
The Ocean looks like a thousand diamonds
Strewn across a blue blanket
I lean against the wind
Pretend that I am weightless
And in this moment I am happy
I wish you were here… (Wish You Were Here – Incubus)