So another week of beach life passed very quickly – time accelerating as the island departure time approached. As John and Viv said on their blog it was nice not to do a huge amount for a long length of time. Really really enjoyed it though. It was a great mix of rest/relaxation with a little bit of strenuous walking and diving thrown in. Thanks for being such good travel companions John and Viv and make sure you all read their post about voluntary work in Madagascar. I will hopefully be helping them out with selling some of the finest artwork known to humanity so watch this space!
We left on Saturday lunchtime with a boat to Chumpon which took a couple of hours. The no alcohol rule was quickly broken after a couple of beers waiting for the boat and then the discovery that Singhas were on sale onboard. Then after a bus ride and possible our collective worst meal of the trip (oops I’m moaning now!) we took the night train to Bangkok which arrived at the ungodly hour of 5.30 am (or even later, but they still woke us up at 4am to put the beds away)..! Probably had an hours sleep anyway.
Sunday was spent doing a bit of shopping at the ridiculous huge MBK centre. Have been there before and the size blows your mind. There are 2,500 shops on 8 floors. It’s pure madness. Anyway bought 4 winter hats for about 6 quid. A pair of “Diesel” (probably fake) Jeans for 11 quid (+ they hemmed em correctly in 30 minutes!) and T-Shirts. Mr Hobson bought a very classy pair of Burberry glasses but I’m sure he just bought it for the case…. (Of course I’m only winding him up)
Had a meal at May Kaidee’s veggy restaurant which wasn’t as good as the last time but I was sad to be leaving and slightly dehydrated. Plus I’ve since discovered from her website that she has a proper posh resturant as well as the temporary one we used. Then I took a taxi to the airport having left John and Viv to spend a couple of days in Thailand before continuing their arduous (wink) travels to Southern Africa.
And finally: Flight/Abu Dhabi airport/Met up with a fellow Koh Tao diver for a coffee which was really nice/Another Flight/No sleep/Gatwick/Coffees at Victoria with Friends/Watching American tourists outside Big Ben/Train to Sheffield/Taxi/Grrrr/Home/Sleep/Wake up at 5am/Jetlagged all day. and another day..
Oh and I took some photos of the new St. Pancras station for John as he is missing what is going on at home. Yes John the day I was there they moved the Midland Mainline bit to it’s new location (Platforms 1-4) and look there are flashy signs saying St. Pancras International!
Well at least it’s virtually as hot in Sheffield as Bangkok and it feels hotter than the beach as there is no breeze. Actually I’m not sure if that is a good thing.
Finally, Fordhall farm survived! My share arrived in the post. Will be keeping an eye on what they are up to anyway. Well done Fordhall.
Right best get back to the summer!