It’s been a while. Between illness, travelling and new hobbies I haven’t given much thought to writing this blog. Although I should. I have been asked more than once to keep this blog going and so I shall endeavour to do my bit for the literary world.
I have had a few highlights in the last few months, one of which was that overseas holiday that I was so busy procrastinating about in one of my last blogs. It turned out alright in the end and laid my travel paranoia to rest until the next time.
We started the trip on a high with a hired limo to get us to the airport. I was a bit reluctant to leave the plush leather surrounds and the free sodas to get into the confines of Qantas cattle class but as I got to watch the latest movies on the flight over with a set of headphones that drowned out the screaming baby a few rows in front of me I was reasonably content.
The concerns I had about my pharmaceuticals and my portable fridge were unfounded and with my specialist’s letter in hand we breezed our way through the Phuket airport terminal into a wall of humidity that would have put the Queensland tropical weather to shame on its worst day.
After ‘OMG, the heat’ and ‘why did I bring a jacket?’ we settled into our air conditioned taxi and hung on for a nail-biting 30-minute breakneck ride through Phuket to our resort in Rawai. I was really not sure what roundabouts, red lights or pedestrian crossings were for anymore as they were completely ignored by everybody as drivers went for gold to get to their destinations in the shortest amount of time with complete disregard of impact statistics and safety regulations. I saw five people on one scooter, four on another and one old scooter with three adults, two chickens and one dog on board. There were also people in Tuk-Tuks, in the back of utes, in cars and pushbikes topped off by a multitude of massive tourist buses dodging the lot of them.
After three days my husband was zipping around in the traffic like a pro with me on the back silently screaming and mentally telling him to hit the brake. We zoomed through red lights with the rest of them, dodging anything and everything that came our way. I wasn’t quite sure whether it was my husband’s skill that got us through it or the skill of everybody else getting out of our way.
We moved from Rawai to Patong and discovered ten different ways to say no to the spruikers and stall holders at the various markets wanting us to buy everything from T-shirts to tattoos. I also discovered paraflying and spent a nail-biting few minutes sailing high above Patong beach taking in the view and not worrying too much about travel and accident insurance.
For my first time overseas I think I did okay. Apart from one bout of food poisoning I came out virtually unscathed with a new appreciation of just how lucky I have it here in my own country with services that I take for granted. True, I could have more in life but I could always have a lot less like some of the people I saw in Thailand…and for that I am grateful.