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Published: January 5th 2010
Me & Ellie wanted a full day in the sun so we got up at 9.30am. Chatted to the foreign people we were sharing a room with. Two of them were deaf so we tried to act out what we were saying which made them laugh. The third person wasn't deaf so she was able to help us explain. We saw a Thai man carrying a huge bamboo stick with two heavy buckets on the end. One was BBQ equipment, and the other full of veg for him to grill and sell to sunbathers. His knees were nearly buckling with the weight, I wanted to help him but thought it could offend him. It's humbling to see how hard Thai people work, for very little money.
We sunbathed for a while, then bought Corn on the cob and Pineapple from the Thai man. I wandered in to The Grand Centara (the posh hotel we'd snuck in to yesterday) to take a dip in the pool. It has little islands filled with Palm trees and exotic plants. You can see the sea from here and when you duck down it looks like the pool water continues in to the sea.
guy probably in his 40's but looked 55 because he was so weathered from the sun. I wanted to chat to him, I bet he'd have some great travelling stories to tell, but I was wary he might have a partner nearby who'd think it was odd.
It started to rain so me and Ellie headed back to the hostel. We saw an old Thai man with no hands rooting through the bins in the street. He was struggling to hold the things he'd found, it was heartbraking and I broke down. El took me in to a bar for a fruit shake while I tried to pull myself together. I lay on a lounging mat and my tummy shook as I sobbed. I thought of the people back home who choose not to work but are given the security of a house and money for luxuries like smart clothes and Playstations. They don't know how good they've got it.
When we got back to the hostel, we chatted to our room mate - he's from Holland and has been travelling for a year. Then two more joined us, both lads from Kent who were able to give us loads
of advice about Laos, Cambodia and Veitnam. Ellie and I went out for dinner in a lovely hotel, it had fairy lights around the palm trees and looked out on to their pool so it looked great lit up at night. I had Lobster and Mango salad, totally yum!
On the way home (about midnight) we decided to have a Reflexology foot massage. My masseus had really podgy hands, it was great. Wasn't so sure about the stick they poke in to different parts of your foot though, I wasn't really a fan of this, it bloody hurt! Strangely, it hurt my left foot more than my right, and Ellie said it was exactly the same for her. Not sure if this is quite common.
We yawned all the way home and both slept right through the night.
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