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Published: January 10th 2019
Our Air Asia tickets from Bangkok, to the island of Koh Phangan in Southern Thailand included a two hour bus transport from Nakon Si Thammarat airport to Donsak Pier, where we would board a ferry for the three hour transit to our island destination. Its a pretty sweet service that Air Asia offers. However, in the aftermath of tropical storm Pebuk, the ferries were still not running the day prior to our departure, although we were told by Air Asia that they believed they would be running the next day. We decided to risk it, the worst case scenario being that we would be spending the night somewhere near the ferry terminal if the ferries weren’t running. We wanted to get to KP and begin our yoga studies, not put in another day of waiting in Bangkok, and doing so would get us closer to our destination.
We lucked out. The flight was on time, and the transit connections so super smooth because there were only two other people heading to Koh Phangan, that we caught the early ferry - an entire five minutes before it departed! The storm had passed, the ferry ride was calm, and we were welcomed
on Koh Phangan three hours ahead of schedule by beautiful warm tropical sunshine, along with many welcoming smiles from the staff at Sunset Cove, the small resort we have stayed at for the past two years.
The next morning we resumed our hatha yoga studies at the Agama Yoga spiritual university campus. The Level One 150 hour month long yoga course we completed last year is so intensive that it is quite common for previous graduates to repeat the program. The school actually encourages the repetition of courses at any of the twenty four levels of hatha yoga study it offers, providing unlimited free enrollment in any being taken again. Stan is choosing to retake the entire level one course, while I am repeating some of the classes, but will also be completing the month long Level 2 Class. I might mention here that, although Stan likes to downplay his yogic accomplishments because he can’t stand on his head, anyone who knows anything about yoga understands that yoga has far more to do with how one balances one’s life, than how one balances one’s body, so Stan accordingly remains the true guru in my life. And now he even
has a man bun to look the part 😊
I am also very excited to soon begin taking private conversational Thai classes - an idea conceived one year ago when we realized we would be returning to Thailand for an even longer stay in 2019. The Thai language is a tonal language, something I have no experience with, so this will likely be as challenging as it will be loaded with countless opportunities to connect with the friendly local people. The Thai alphabet is derived from an ancient Kmer script, looks entirely indecipherable, and would take years, not weeks, to begin to comprehend, so I am not going to attempt learning how to read or write the language, but being able to converse even just a little bit would be delightful, guaranteed to make shopping at the local market even more of a fun venture than it already is. And thus it is that another language learning adventure is about to commence.
Therefore, along with the yoga studies, daily guitar practice, and the occasional jam session or gig yet to be found, the next few weeks promise to be very full. We wouldn't want it any other way.
Given the fragility of life, we try to live every moment to the fullest, taking nothing for granted, and are deeply grateful for these many precious experiences.
But I will likely be taking a hiatus from writing another blog entry until sometime later next month, when we are once again on the move or have some new insights to share.
Thank you for your continued interest in our travel and learning adventures.
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