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Published: February 1st 2019
Today we decide to completely relax.
For a start off, the bed in our hotel room is complete bliss. Lovely soft mattress, fluffy pillows, crisp white sheets. Seriously I don’t think we have had such a comfortable night since the day we dismantled our own bed! It’s very hard to leave. :-)
We go through the hotel cafe for a good breakfast. Chocolate cereal flakes with cold milk, followed by scrambled egg on toast with sliced ham. Then there is fresh fruit - dragon fruit and water melon with a pot of home made yoghurt. The toast is the horrible sweet pre-sliced variety but other than that, everything is excellent.
We decamp to our room to play cards, drink coffee and generally chill out until checkout time.
It’s noon so we need to vacate our room. There are two loungers left by the swimming pool so we settle ourselves in for the day. The loungers and half of the pool are in shade...being non-sun lovers, this suits us perfectly.
The pool is just as chilly as it was yesterday but it’s refreshing once I have the courage to jump in! Is it colder than yesterday? No,
I think it’s just the shock of the immense heat of the sun against an unheated pool. Ian prepares a light lunch of a bag of crisps and fruit salad...bananas, dragon fruit and apples.
We spend our afternoon completely chilling...swimming, lounging and playing cards. We vaguely contemplated taking the shuttle bus into town but, apart from the lack of any decent eateries here, we can see no good reason for making the effort.
Our tuk tuk for the night bus is due to arrive around 6pm so we eat early at 5pm in the hotel cafe. The food is passable here and it will tide us over.
It’s the usual scrum on the share taxi cum cattle truck transport. We know it’s going to be crammed as luggage is being stowed on the roof from the outset. I have a very happy chappy sitting opposite me, cracking jokes and guffawing loudly. He shows us his hard hat, rapping it smartly with his knuckles - it’s an army hat, he tells us, he is from the South Korean Navy.
We arrive at the bus station and guess what...as usual our pre-allocated seats have been given to someone
else! We are now towards the middle/back but the berths are not bad. They are a bit snug for two but we have been put on the lower deck rather than the upper, so it should be more stable and there are no people on the floor tonight. In fact, we have even spotted an empty berth further back so I might send Ian up to claim it when they turn the lights off and no one is looking. :-)
Half an hour has passed and we appear to have arrived at another bus station. There is a mass exodus but the conductor is telling us to stay put. It seems that it’s an interchange station as we now have new passengers coming onboard. Every bed is filled so no chance of sneaking our own beds tonight. They have also run out of luggage space under the bus so the aisles are now packed with rucksacks...here we go again!
We have both had a decent nights sleep. The bus stopped three times to let passengers off but that allowed for easy loo breaks. It’s been a bit of an obstacle course accessing the loo, but at least we
were only hurdling luggage rather than people. The floor has also become suspiciously damp around the loo area so we have quietly ignored the ‘no shoes inside’ rule! Might be a good thing that our bed was mid-bus after all...since the loo is at the front!
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