There are so many fruits you haven’t tasted
So many beautiful songs you have not discovered
Spices you’ve never heard of
and intriguing conversations you haven’t had
There are oceans you have not felt
and plants you’ve never seen
Books you’ve never read
and souls your heart has not touched
This Earth is incredible.
– Barefoot Awareness
As a continuation of this post, I want to delve further into my experience in Sawankhalok by focusing on and giving tribute to those who made my experience all the better. These people created a community for me, helped me navigate a new town and a new culture.
Meet my Sawankhalok community!
These guys live about 100 yards from our house at the corner of our little soi and the main road. As is common in Thailand, the front of their home has been converted into a shop, specifically a motorcycle shop. Always kind and helpful to this mechanically disinclined young woman: pumping up my tires for free, changing flats, and otherwise fixing my bicycle. Unfortunately, we never exchanged names but without fail they always say hello and wave as I ride past their shop.
All of Thailand’s mysterious nooks, succulent foods, and unwaveringly wide smiles, come alive in this walkable and loveable city.
As we rode the tuk-tuk through the sticky afternoon air from the Hat Yai bus station to our hotel we were bombarded. Attacked. Helpless victims of the nation-wide Songkran water fight.
Laughing, the locals soaked us. Drenched to the bone. We traveled the streets through a storm of supersoakers. Dripping, we check-in to the hotel. I glance at PT, his eyes hold that laughing, mischievous spark that is so contagious.
We enlist, take up arms, and with child-like excitement, join the water war!
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Four hot and sunny days in Krabi. Each perfectly balanced between action and relaxation, consisting of little more than…
1. Bending and twisting, stretching and balancing each morning for 90 minutes or more. As my fellow yogis know, these juicy moments are, hands down, the best way to begin the day.
2. Relaxing on the beach, hammock and underwater camera in tow, always ensuring fantastic beachy fun.
3. Hunting down the coconut man, who had the biggest and most succulent coconuts we’ve had yet.