Operation Ko Samui

Trip Start Sep 11, 2005
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Trip End Dec 13, 2005


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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Charlie and I decided to try and find some natural beauty in Thailand. We had heard the best beaches were at Ko Samui. So we bought a cheap flight to the small island off the coast of Thailand. We arrived at the cutest airport I have ever seen. It was open air and had thatched roofs. I was thinking, this place is going to be incredible. We had called ahead and reserved a room, a rarity for us. What a nice treat to see a driver standing there with our name on a card welcoming us. We weren't staying at a luxurious place, but they were kind enough to pick us up.

Our driver told us how lucky we were that we arrived when we did. I looked at him puzzled and he explained that they had recently been struck with a flood. The streets had been covered with several feet of water and people had to wade through it. It was a mess. Thankfully the water had receded a few days prior, unfortunately much of the mess still remains. As we drove through the wet area destroyed by flooding I once again asked myself, "God what are you trying to teach us?"

We were hoping for an island paradise outlined by amazing blue water and comfortable beaches. That is what all the books and fliers had promised. That is not what we were greeted with. Our lodging isn't bad, although we didn't have electrical power for most of the day today. If you are sitting on the beach though, it doesn't matter much. It only really bothered me when it began raining and I was sweating to death in my bungalow. Charlie and I decided to go swimming instead. It wasn't lightning, so we might as well join the rain and cool off.

We ran toward the water and had a very pleasant swim. By the time we were done the sun was again shining and we were able to find a beach chair. As the sun beamed overhead I could see way in the distance where the blue waters were trying to greet us. The cloudy water and debris filled beach are a result of the recent flooding. I talked of finding a rake and trying to clean it up. We looked around but didn't see any tools. Maybe tomorrow.

In the town you can see where shops and restaurants usually greet the tourist. Now many people are trying to get their shops cleaned up and open back up their restaurants. It made it difficult for us to find lunch, but we survived. The items on the top shelf at 7-11 managed to survive the flooding. We grabbed a snickers, some chips, and a Pepsi. Not an ideal lunch, but better than nothing. Later the restaurant at our hotel opened back up and we were able to get some better nourishment.

The waitress came to ask us what we wanted and we didn't know. We tried to explain this to her, and I said please give us one moment. She walked away and the next thing we know we are greeted with an omelet. Charlie and I look at each other in a confused way and he put it together. I said one moment, she thought I said one omelet. We laugh to ourselves and then try to explain to the kitchen staff that we really wanted sweet and sour pork and rice. They laughed as well and were kind in taking back the omelet.

The afternoon was spent enjoying the sunshine and great weather. The beach is still great despite the fact that it needs some time to recoup from Mother Nature. We are glad we made the trip. We will be here until Thursday evening when we fly back to Bangkok and then head to Hong Kong. The journey continues for a few more weeks.

Later on in the Week

The town has done a great job of getting things cleaned up and back in business. We were able to wander the shops and find a few things to stuff in our packs to bring home. I am learning the art of bargaining and am getting better at it each day. Charlie and I seem to do best when work as a team.

One of the things that thrills me is that people frequently comment on how happy I am. It is good to feel happy and know that it is seen in my face and my actions. I keep praying that joy will carry on as I go home. Since I am taking Christ home with me and He is the source of my joy, it should not be too difficult.

Our time in Ko Samui has been good. We have seen a lot of gray skies, but enjoyed relaxing in the midst of it. The ocean is daily recuperating and getting back it's blue tint. I am sure the clear waters will come soon, unfortunately after we leave. Each day we see them getting nicer and nicer. I even managed to help the process a bit and pick up some of the debris in front of our hotel. It was nice to then sit and enjoy the view.

I will say that we have not managed to get any good photos of our time here. When the sun isn't shining and people are recuperating from a flood, it is not the most picturesque. Despite this the beach bumming has been thoroughly enjoyed. We didn't manage to see one sight, go to one museum, or marvel at anything. And it was thoroughly enjoyed.
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dmccaulla
dmccaulla on

Wow!
As many of these entries as I see, I'm always amazed. I never get tired of reading them or seeing your faces in all of the different places. Bo and I pray for you daily and often talk about how proud of you we are. No wonder you laughed at us for making a binder with an Excel spreadsheet itinerary for our one week trip to London & Paris. Say hello to Shirley Temple, oops, I mean Charlie. :) (Was that my outside voice?)

Dianne

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