Peace in Koh Jum- but no banana shakes unitil 6 pm

Trip Start Mar 17, 2009
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Trip End Mar 31, 2009


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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I have arrived on an island where there is peace and serenity, and only electricity from 6pm- 6am, which means no shakes since they are made using an electric blender. You are able to get hot food, since alot of its already made using a hot pan, cooked with propane. So electricity is made by the use of a generator, so that means ,,,,no late night music! My first night here of falling asleep with just the sounds of crickets and the ocean waves, how marvelous.
My first full day here I decided to go out on an adventure to check out the island. There is only one main dirt road here, and only motorbikes, if I was more comfortable with my motorbike skills i would of rented one , but I prefer to be the passenger more than the driver.
I only came across a family of monkeys on my morning walk, that I stopped and waited for them to allow me to pass.  Most wild monkeys are harmless, and are more afraid of you then you of them. Its only in very touristy places that the monkeys become aggressive. This is because people feed them, and when they see you, they think food, and will do almost anything to get what they want, including stealing your hat and sunglasses. These monkeys were not those type, and let me pass with no problem.
As I was walking a local on a motorbike passed me, " Hello bungalow #5!" ( that is the bungalow I am staying in at my place) as I said, this is a small island.
I found a sign and dirt road leading down to another set of bungalows and a beautiful secluded beach. I stopped for some lunch, or some attempt to have some lunch. You see , I am on an unplanned "cleansing" diet at the moment, I have been on this diet since I had some bad shrimp at my last meal in koh lanta. So nothing that goes in me , stays in me....I need not say more. So my new diet consists of water, fanta, and shakes ( after 6 pm) Hopefully my new diet will only last a couple of days.
I met a very interesting older , way too tan, gentleman named Paul who is from Amsterdam and runs the bungalows that i stopped to drink my fanta at for lunch. It was his last day there for the season, and was heading back to Amsterdam that day and after his last 2 guests leave, his workers will be closing things up for the season. He only has 7 bungalows, and said that he gets some guests who come out and stay for months at at time. This season was slow though, mainly because of the Bangkok airport closes for several weeks in December of last year because of the protest, that happened during their peak season. I was on the beach when Paul's long tail boat pulled up to get him to take him to the bigger boat , then  onto the mainland and to the airport to fly home. He comes out to run his bungalow from Nov-April, and then the bungalow along with almost all on the island shut down for the rest of the season because of the rainy weather that is coming. I noticed that the only luggage he had was a small duffel bag, thats it, thats all he needed for 6 months of his life here, amazing. I would of used that size bag for a weekend away, and this is coming from someone who can travel for weeks in a back-pack and works out of a suitcase, I'm still learning how little I need to travel with. The less I have, the freer I feel, and its a great feeling.
I am traveling back to bangkok in the morning to start my journey home. I look forward to another peaceful night of sleep on the island.
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topofmarket
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how hard to say good-bye
Whatever will we all do without your blog to inspire and entertain us? BOO HOO! I would almost say do not go home but realize you must face the real world. the fact that you had internet access on all these amazing islands is just hard to grasp. Your tan looks fab and if all goes well you can maintain it and get more rays in Dahab. How will you top this trip??? The mantra 'equal to or better than' doe not seem appropiately sufficient. Wishing you a safe seat in first class trip home!

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