Courtney. July 12, 2010 @ 9:00PM
None of us has written in a while because we have been at the nexus of the universe.After we overstayed our welcome at the Hilton, we moved into a $12/ night hostel that is considered upper-middle class amongst backpackers because it has a private bathroom.That night I talked to Nikki and she had one of her advertisers pick us up the next day to go to his hostel that is closer to the beach.Cheap Charlie's.Awesome hostel and very friendly Thai staff.They taught us some Thai words and how to pronounce them, which is very important for us because the Thai word for 'hello' sounds incredibly similar to the German word 'swastika.'We spent 3 or 4 nights in Phuket, which is the sleazy part of tourist Thailand and what gives the country any of the bad reputation you may have heard.I ran into a friend from college so we hung with their group, a few peeps from our hostel, and the South African shark videographer bodyguard that we picked up via our standard pick-up method - the video camera.He works for National Geographic - diving with shark videographers so he can make sure sharks don't attack them.We asked him if he uses a harpoon and he said he uses no weapons, just respect."If you respect the shark the shark respects you."But he looks Taylor Lautner in New Moon so I'm thinking the sharks respect him because he could kill them with his bare hands.Kaberly has never felt this way before.
So after some Ping Pong shows (grosssss), it was time to pick up our friend Jacqui from the airport.The owner of Cheap Charlie's woke us up at 8 so we could get to the airport by 9.Danielle was so tired that she was in REM sleep within 5 seconds of the ride to and from the airport.When we got back at 10:30 she crawled into bed like a slug and went right back into comatose.I thought it would be a good idea to check the ferry schedule so we could get to our next destination before the 'monsoon' came through.The weather man said we had 2 days, but its been about 2 weeks now and I have yet to see anything more than a sprinkle; and I would actually like a monsoon to come through because its 150 degrees on these islands.
When we got to the station at 12:25 we found out that there was one ferry left and it departed at 1:00.So we ran home to try to pack.You would think it would be an easy task but you have no idea what kind of a mess 3 backpacker girls can make in 1 room - and in the 5 minutes Jax was there she lost as many things as we did. It's so bad that when we get to our threshold (when you cannot find 1 outfit, your toothbrush, or your mind), we move hostels.
So Jacqui's Welcome Party into Thailand was the most hectic moment of the entire trip (so far). I don't think that's what caused her to almost die that night but I'm sure it didn't help.A few minutes after we got in to Ko Phi Phi, she turned greenish-purple.She wouldn't stand up or drink or eat.She said if she didn't feel better by tomorrow she was going to have to go home.We let her sleep, poured some water on her and she was 'better' by the next day.It took her 3 days to eat and 5 to feel better but after we upgraded to an AC room (fancy, right?) she adjusted.That was a week or 2 ago, so I haven't even gotten to the Nexus part yet, but I'm waiting for a monsoon to hit so that I can restrain myself from being out and about all day every day and every night and I can write about the next island.