Day Two on Koh Tao: Dulce Far Niente
The day started leisurely at the Coconut Monkey with pancakes for breakfast. A great coffee shop on the beach recommended by Coco, my Air BnB hostess. After that Jon, Rosalie and I walked over to Chalok beach. A long and sandy beach that stays level for at least 500m. We spent our morning walking across the beach and enjoying the view. After that we went to look for `Hammock Beach`, another hidden treasure recommended by Coco.
Hammock beach is located near to a grand resort, but still belongs to the local people. It is close to Pirate Bay for the ones that might want and locate it. It is basically all anyone would need: a hammock, a great view, a captivating book, some wind playing with your hair and peace and quiet. A delightful afternoon.
After a few hours the sky above our turtle island started darkening. A storm was coming. We packed our belongings and went our way, but were sadly too late and got caught in how Jon would put it: "It's a fucking tsunami" [Followed by: "Oh, that's a really insensitive thing to say here, right?"] Love Jon for his candor. So we ran for our lives the first few minutes and then just let the rain pour over us like the shower it was. We walked home for 20 minutes and were soaked through. Gotta love monsoon season.
After that we really didn't feel like anything (Jon even abandoned his pub crawl) and we spent a delightful evening watching Indiana Jones on the big screen on the deck at our hostel including disgusting prawn crackers I am actually starting to like.
Dulce far niente, because that is what you do on an island.
Tomorrow I start the PADI thing. Fingers crossed I don't drown myself and take the instructor down with me. That's bad karma.