In Search of Values
Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
17Trip End Jan 01, 2011
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As my time in Tonsai unfortunately drew to a close, I had the tremendous pleasure of having my father come visit me for a diving trip into Indonesia. When he arrived I brought him to Tonsai so he could get a taste of my paradise before we headed to the tourist infested crazyness of Koh Phi Phi. The diving there was mediocre at best as we had unfortunate timing and the conditions were dismal. I did do some climbing with my Thai friend who I ran into there (the one who taught me how to climb when I first came to Tonsai). We spent just short of a week there and then headed to the airport to grab our flight to Bali.
Bali has some of the best diving I have ever experienced complete with beautiful healthy reefs and thick clouds of fish. The bio-diversity is unreal. Upon arriving in Bali, I found out my employer from my first visit in Tonsai worked in the North East side of the island as a Dive Instructor
My father and I are going to enjoy the diving Bali has to offer until the 31st, then back to Thailand. On November 2nd, I will be headed to California to visit friends and family for 3 months before moving to Mexico, and then headed to Honduras to progress my professional career to Diving Instructor and work there for several months before traveling into South America.
Since my father met up with me, my standard of living has improved dramatically. No longer am I staying in cheap bamboo huts or in my hammock. No longer am I scrounging for food. I am so grateful to have my father out here. However, with that being said, it is strange to travel in such luxury. In reality, I prefer the simplicity of living simply. In the end, I don't need air-conditioning and a hot shower with complimentary shampoo. I don't need fancy dinners at nice restaurants. Regardless, do I really even deserve these luxuries? I certainly don't need them and in fact I am often happier without the dependance on air conditioning and hot showers as it forces me to spend all of my time outside of my room. But especially after traveling through countries where poverty is so severe that children are forced into prostitution, while in the same country the bourgeoisie are so rich that they have 8 phones (2 of which are iphones), 2 cars per person and more money in their pockets than I have ever had in my life