Well I have to start with the journey here! What a bloody nightmare. We booked a bus and were told to be at the agency for 6.00pm sharp we arrived and the bus picked us up a little after 9. Great start! We were previously informed that this was a sleeper bus however the seats only reclined, there were no beds on this bus as we have been previously used to. Oh well. I was starving and thought i’d heard mention of stoping for food. But no sign. Just about to try and get some sleep the bus was now freezing as they blasted the air con but oh well it could be worse right? Then they put on some Vin Diesel film… so loud. I think the cinema is quieter than the volume of this film everyone was looking around in shock in the end someone had to go and tell the driver to turn the film down. It ended up being quite gripping however and we watched the whole thing. Surely now it must be time to get some sleep? Just about asleep but no!! We’re stopping for food and I am starving but I think Pringles will do. Joe has some rice and chicken it did’t look very appetising so i’m glad I gave it a miss tbh. We arrived at the ferry port at… wait for it… 4am! Joe slept on a bench while I paced around and searched for more food. My search was unsuccessful. I however did manage to sleep on the boat once it arrived at 7am. We got to the dive school we’d booked in with and talked through the logistics of the course Joe wanted to do and the diving that i wanted to do. We then headed to our accommodation. 350baht for a private room basic but nice. And some of the dorms here are 300 each so a bargain. The second we got through the door Joe managed to stand on a lizard with an almighty crunch crushing the poor little guy.
Joe had to watch a video and do an exam on his first day so I chilled in the pool next door. OMG it is hot here I keep getting covered head to toe in heat rash every time i go outside so sat in the shade. Joe didn’t like the classroom and he’s a bit jealous as i’m going diving tomorrow and theres quite a big chance i’ll see a whale shark. We went to a free barbecue that night that we couldn’t quite believe was actually free and got talking to some of the people that live here. Determined to have an early night due to us both having busy days tomorrow we headed to one more little bar with a live band that were really really good and stayed for a few drinks with an American couple we met. All in all a good day!
I had an amazing day on my first two dives in ages! It all came flooding back despite being sick about 10 times on the boat – not my fave mode of transport- lets put it like that. I however didn’t see a whale shark, saw barracuda as long as me and massive grouper, clown fish and parrot fish. So all in all a successful day. Joe also did his first ever dive today and was buzzing, but tired so a few drinks and then bed. The next day Joe had class in the morning and dived in the afternoon. I didn’t dive today as we’re skint and i’m tired. I spent time editing our Vietnam video and i’m pleased to say its live now so if you haven’t already watched it please make sure you Check it out. And then I watched casualty in the afternoon #homecomforts. We really like Koh Tao and might come back when my dad arrives in a week. Joe enjoyed his second two dives and passed the course with flying colours he even got to see a sea turtle.
We went diving today for the first time together and it was so fun! There was a strong current on our first dive and we kept getting blown all over the place but all went well. Visibility was okay so lots of cool things. On the second dive the visibility was very poor and for the first 10 minutes we couldn’t see anything but but the time we’d swam to the reef the vis miraculously cleared and we saw a lot of marine life including giant clams, barracuda, parrot fish, grouper and trigger fish. All went very smoothly! I’ll include some pics of what we look like underwater.
Joe had to do a bit more classroom work so i enjoyed a beer at the dive centre and waited for him. We went back to sleep after as we were tired out now. Neither of us have been sleeping very well at night. might be something to do with the extreme heat. In the evening we hired a moped and went for a spin into town. The island is pretty small so we hope to explore the whole place tomorrow. While i was impatiently trying to upload my Vietnam video in a bar I got a message from Laura who was not far away in Koh Tao and say that we’d meet her when we were done with our drinks! A bit like Ross we’ve not see Laura in about 3 years so it was good to catch up and share stories old and new. It doesn’t take long before it all feels like we’re still sat round the pool at camp shouting BUDDY BUDDY BUDDY!! Obligatory selfie of the three of us below ahhh camp friends.
New Years Resolution update:
15.03.2017 (Week 11 of challenge) Books Read:
- A Dance With Dragons 1: Dreams And Dust – George R. R. Martin
- A Dance With Dragons 2: After The Feast – George R. R. Martin
- Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
- Comfort food – Kitty Thomas
- Mark One – John Hindmarsh (must read sequel at some point)
- Girl Undone – Marla Madison
- The Sick House – Ambrose Ibsen
- The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
- On The Road – Jack Kerouac
- Survivor The Triumph Of An Ordinary Man In the Khmer Rouge Genocide – Chum Mey
- The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
- Bone Pit: A Chilling Medical Suspense Thriller – Bette Golden Lamb and J. J. Lamb
- Sabotage – Dale Wiley
- Dracula – Bram Stoker
Status: THREE WEEKS AHEAD