Day 16: Extended my stay in Koh Tao for 2 days. Justin went on ahead to finish his trip and I'm now traveling solo.
Last night Justin and I decided that he would go on ahead and finish seeing the Southern Thailand on his own since he is in more of a hurry than I am. I checked out of our bungalow and into a newer, but a block off the beach, hotel for 2 nights so that I could relax and take it slow for a couple days. The diving course sucked up all the relaxing time over the past week so its nice to have absolutely NO AGENDA!
Friday night I went to Choppers, a bar across from my hotel. It was a sports bar, so I ordered my Leo and starred in the direction of the TVs but was really looking past them. After a few minutes, the gentleman next to me spoke to me about the cage fighting that was on. We started talking about our travels, as EVERYONE does here as soon as you meet. Trevor was his name and he was an English man in his late 40s or early 50s. During our conversation he mentioned that he knew the owner, Steffan, of the lady-boy cabaret. I immediately insisted that he took me there as I was too nervous to go alone. We were off! We got "VIP" treatment at the club, which meant Steffan paid for our drinks. OH! Steffan. I must write about Steffan. What a character. Steffan is probably in his late 40s as well with very dark skin because (1) he is Italian and (2) he has lived on the island for 8 years. He speaks English, but it isn't great or easy to understand. He is fit beyond belief and just recently had his nose broken in a Muay Thai fight. I cant completely follow all of what he is saying, but of course as soon as he finds out I'm American he has a lot to say about our government and tells me something about "open your eye Valerie, China is printing all your American money now, you have no control". I smile and nod. He also tells Trevor and me about his astrology studies and how he leaves the club at midnight to go study the stars until 3am every night. Then he tells us "wait and you see Trevor and Valerie, there will be two suns. This only happen very rare and this will open your eye to all that is happening. Wait and you see..." then gives us a look and reaches over and spreads my eyes open and says "eyes will open" then pulls his arms back, touches his head and fans them open wide and makes an explosion noise (to indicate that he has just blown our minds). I am still not sure what he was talking about, but I pretended to understand and be concerned. I told him I would google it. LOL!
Before going back to my hotel Trevor and I made plans to rent a 4-wheeler, since we both agreed scooters scare us in Thailand, the next day and tour the island.