Last sushi in Tokyo

Yes, it’s at the Delta lounge, but it’s delicious! We’re getting ready for our 14 hours flight to JFK – we leave at 3:15pm and land at 3:10pm, same day. Mind bend!

Let the return begin…

Christian made a joke that tonight might be our first on-time train. Not so. The 11:23pm departure is now set for 1:30am. We left Koh Tao at 7pm, expecting to be in Bangkok by 8am. This is our second latest night awake – by hours. Thankfully we found a little wifi…

Jaws

We were at a dive site called “Twin Rocks” off of Koh Naang Yuan. The dive instructors told us where to snorkel and said that if we went very slowly, we might be able to spot some black tipped reef sharks. C was pumped so I decided to clamp down on my snorkel and give it a go. The reason I don’t go in the deep end of a pool is because there might be a shark, so knowing I was in shark infested waters had me a bit on edge. After losing sight of C on the swim from the boat to the reef, I had a bit of a moment of panic – I will not use the word ‘attack’ in a story about a shark – and learned that sobbing into your mask makes it foggier. We held hands from then on. We saw some cool fish, a bunch of coral and slowly made our way to the area where the sharks were supposed to be. I saw him first. I now had C’s entire arm wrapped in mine, like we were square dancing, and tried my best to point at the shark without looking like bait. C was thrilled, and since I was terrified and powerless, he used me like a kick board to follow the damn thing. (He is quick to point out that the reason we had to follow it was because it was swimming away from us and not chasing us which he says means it was more afraid of us than we were of it. That is impossible because if he were more afraid of me, he’d simply have passed out.) He got away, we got away, and I called the mission a success. Then we spotted another one, I couldn’t keep a steady breath and requested (not nicely, quietly or patiently) that we go back to the boat. I wanted a Wiley Coyote moment of running away on top of the water, but swam instead. We swam over all the diver descending, each looking more delicious (and closer) to the shark than the next. It was really cool to watch them sinking. I hopped on the boat and C went back out in search of more sharks. I just applied more sunblock.

Photos and video of this exist – we will upload shortly.

Morning joe

Travel day: Koh Phangan to Koh Tao

We left our favorite beach on Wednesday to check out Koh Tao – the small island just north of Koh Phangan known for great scuba diving. It’s a chill little island, and we’re staying in a busier beach town than before. We had about and hour long ferry ride, then found a place to stay … Continue reading

Full Moon Party

So I know I said we’d leave before we got body painted… The big party drink here is the “bucket”. It’s a plastic beach pail that they fill with ice, a pint of booze, a soda and a bunch of straws. There’s also a Red Bull concentrate included, but we asked them to leave it … Continue reading

Amazing Koh Ma

We are on the beach of our dreams. We went snorkeling again today, and will bring the Go Pro tomorrow. It’s like swimming in an aquarium. The urchins are my favorite – they are so spiny and show up out of nowhere in shallow water, but are really beautiful when hovering just above. We decided … Continue reading

Day…4?… Koh Pangnan

We discovered Koh Ma beach today, just one dip north from our beach, and have decided to stay two more nights. No photos exist because we forgot all the possible cameras when we went there to snorkel today. I am not a water baby, and have only snorkeled a handful of times, but this was the best ever. I immediately made the rounds of the hotels on the beach. I can’t wait to share it all with you.

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