The last few weeks have been a bit of a break from the regular backpacking lifestyle, spending our time with Braydon’s family here:
Yep, our own room, a pool to cool off in after a nice walk along the beach, complimentary laundry service, comfy lounge chairs and all those little things that you forego while backpacking. Oh, and good internet. Thus why I can blog to you right now!
It’s been so great to be able to see some friendly faces from home while here, and to get a touch of home Christmas baking! Thanks so much to Trish (Braydon’s mom) for bringing us some delicious baking from home!
Our other adventure while here was getting PADI certified; Braydon’s parents got their certification last year in Belize, and loved it so much Braydon, Ali (Bray’s sister) and Bert (Bray’s uncle) and I all decided to get our certification while here. You can read all about that experience later, but for now here are a couple pictures of our learn-to-dive experience.
Our villa is in the Bang Tao area of Phuket, but we’ve also done some exploring around the island.
We also headed into Patong a couple times to experience the insanity that is that beach area. We went to Simon’s Cabaret in the evening, and sat out and people-watched along Bangla street while enjoying some beers. I can say that is a fascinating way to spend some time.
You can’t visit Thailand without spending a good chunk of your time at the beach. And we did just that. We also met a couple of new friends while there.
It’s been a fabulous time here at the villa, but all good things must come to and end. On February 1st Braydon, Ali, Bob, Trish and I fly up to Chiang Mai, where we’ll spend a few more days before Bob and Trish head to Bangkok and home, and Ali joins Bray and I on our trip in Asia. Time to pack again!