December 21, 2012
It’s been a while. I apologize for the lack of communication and I resolve to be better going forward. I’m going to sum up the last month or so and make a point of at least posting twice a week going forward. It’s 2:30 am in Bangkok and I am waiting for a flight to Koh Samui at 7:30.
The last thing I wrote about was Madrid. After Madrid, I went to Switzerland for 6 days. This was unexpected but travel plans always change. I spent 3 days in Geneva where I wasn’t feeling well and spent all of the time in the hotel. From there I moved on to Zurich where I had the opportunity to explore old town and walk around the city for a few days. The weather was cool and foggy so I didn’t get the opportunity to really see any of the scenery.
I left Switzerland to return to Baltimore for 10 days at the end of November. Most of my time was spent enjoying my time with friends and drinking a lot. It was great to catch up with everyone and to walk around the old office for an hour and see everyone for the first time since I quit in July. I spent Thanksgiving watching football and was also able to see the Washington Capitals play 3 times. It’s interesting to see some of the regular parts of my old routine that I really missed since I’ve been travelling. Chipotle, live hockey games and sitting on the couch on a Sunday watching football come to mind.
I then flew to Miami where I met up with my parents and my uncle to board a cruise of the Caribbean. We hit up St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Marteen. It was great to spend time with my family but I will say I much preferred the boat days to the port days. I’ve definitely realized that my travel style isn’t spending 4 hours in a place, fighting with people to negotiate the price of taxi that have just make up numbers out of the air or booking a tour for $100 that upon arriving you see is only $30 which means the 8 of us on the tour spent $560 to be driven 30 minutes there and back. I may sound like I’m complaining but I just think that my current travel style doesn’t mesh with the cruise travel style. It is definitely geared to the 60+ or married with kids crowd and there is nothing wrong with that. I’m just not 60 or married with kids.
I did enjoy the all-inclusive side of it and the views of the Caribbean were great. My parents and uncle enjoyed it and I’m glad I had a few weeks to spend with them. While on the cruise I decided to audible my travel plans away from South America and go to Asia. I wasn’t feeling South America for whatever reason and made the decision 2 days before I was scheduled to fly to Buenos Aires. I headed to Palm Beach for a few days with my parents while I looked into travel plans. I was able to book a 1 way Business Class ticket using United miles on Dec 19th and had a few days to kill so I went to Scottsdale, Arizona to see a friend. I enjoyed some great food, had a chance to see a few movies and once again probably drank too much.
So here I am in Thailand. I fly to the Island of Koh Samui in a few hours with the plan of renting a place for a month and getting myself back in shape. I’ve spent the last month enjoying good food and far too much alcohol and not really walking around or doing anything physically challenging. I’ve looked into a kickboxing gym so I think I will try that for the next month and mix in a bunch of diving when I can.
Thailand feels like the right place for me right now and I hope that ends up as the right decision.