Well...no surprises that it's Sophie entering another blog, I have been trying to get the boys to write one - assuring them that their mummys and daddys especially would love to hear from them.Ã¯Â¿Â½ But no, they're lazy lazy boys! So - it's me, again! Still in Koh Tao, I think I've already mentioned about Koh Tao syndrome - and it is too too true! Especially since, over the last two or three days the sun has turned up it's heat and appearance creating days not unlike the photo pictured, which although is actually of Krabi is not far from the sights I've had the pleasure of looking at, and I promise I will load the photos - but believe it or not I haven't finished a memory card yet...
Unfortunately (although luckily) after finishing my advance course (Olly I'll post details of it on the message board) I somehow, despite not being the person who had perpherated (sp?) their eardrum a few months ago, was priviledged to experience a nasty ear infection, leaving me bed and room bound for a day and a half. Which at home in England is an easy accomplishment, however with the temptations of Koh Tao's fantastic diving, white beaches, cheap beer and new people (anyone jealous) is a lot more devastating! However, I battled through with the help of Thai ear drops and pennicilin - and am more or less fully recovered, although slightly deaf in the offending ear! Therefore, with my recovery in sight - I have no plans to leave this island for another couple of days, with desperate hopes of re-entering the water! However, the boys I believe plan to leave tomorrow afternoon for Kao Sok, a National Park whichÃ¯Â¿Â½boastsÃ¯Â¿Â½one of the lastÃ¯Â¿Â½remainingÃ¯Â¿Â½rainforests and jungle treks.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Which, do not get me wrongÃ¯Â¿Â½sounds incredible, however IÃ¯Â¿Â½have grown (if no one has yet noticed) attached to this island, and with Chaing Mai the next big stop, where the activities will be very similar IÃ¯Â¿Â½think I am going to meet them in BangkokÃ¯Â¿Â½in a fewÃ¯Â¿Â½days. Wow. Bangkok,Ã¯Â¿Â½now that seems likeÃ¯Â¿Â½a long time ago that I was there.Ã¯Â¿Â½
My mood has completely changed, and I have fallen in love with this island - the diving has definitely helped, and I'm already planning my return next summer to visit Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia too, perhaps Malaysia - but definitely Koh Tap to complete the next part of my diving course, Rescue!Ã¯Â¿Â½ ThoughÃ¯Â¿Â½cleverly, I'll come here last, or else the other countries will never happen!Ã¯Â¿Â½One of the guys at Easy Divers, Adrian - an instructor has been scaring me slightly with their crazy ways of making the tests difficult. Their theory, which I suppose I agree on is to make it so so hard on the test, that everything after that in reality is simple. I remember my life saving course I did at the swimming centre, with the same basis though different setting!
Ã¯Â¿Â½Another thing about this island, the people. I've met so many cool people from all over, starting of course with Isabelle, then the infamous Derek, another Irish guy who is out taking over the world. We've spent quite a few nights with him and he's totally cool - just chilling out in Thailand. Everyone is so friendly, and usually has diving as a common conversation starterÃ¯Â¿Â½ it's not difficult to make friends...too many other people that I won't bore you all with, but you'll get to see photos!
Ã¯Â¿Â½Anyways, I am going to go - people waiting for me in the pub (the Irish pub, i could practically be in Brentwood! But not luckily! You don't need to take your shoes off in B'Town, or not wear makeup or even care how you look!) and cold beers, to drink. O yes! Beers, me, drinking beers - who'd have thought, I've actually only drunk Sother Comfort once or twice.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Not sure if this is the last message from Koh Tao, but for now a fond farewell to you at home reading this. All my love Sophie x x x