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The Taj and I

Delhi. Agra. Jaipur, Rajastan

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Welp, we made it to India. Fortunately, we were greeted by a college friend of mine, Sachin, and after we were dropped off at our really really ghetto hotel (seriously, this is probably the worst one yet. We are in the TOTAL slums of Delhi) we were whisked to the Royal Taj Palace, a 7-star hotel. Niiiice. We quickly forgot about our scummy accodations and got comfortable eating bon bons (seriously, they had some) and getting dressed in Sachin's mom's sari's (to kinda fit in?). We were told that the wedding was going to take place in a farm. What the? A farm? I almost died. Here we go again freezing our butts off! I was seriously expecting to be around cows and a farmhouse with hay, but I guess in India a farm really means a nice, open backyard. It was actually really beautiful with torches, nice seating, and a grand buffet table. The food was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo delicious and we totally pigged out.


It was Sachin's dad's best friends son that was getting married and they were all super nice and welcoming (even though Char and I invited ourselves there. But I guess in India most weddings have 500+ people and its really open, so a few extra faces doesn't matter). Nonetheless, it was all really really beautiful.


The next day Sachin, Char and I had a late start but did some sightseeing. We saw Humayun's tomb, which was built in the mid-16th century and is a great example of the famous Mughal architecture with high arches, beautiful gardens, and of course, the tomb of the wife of the emperor is red and white sandstone and black and yellow marble.





The cool thing about India, which I'm figuring out, is that although it can be dirty, polluted and crap everywhere, the sites are grandiose and pretty well-maintained (thanks to the expensive "foreign prices"). Most of the sites we've seen are pretty quiet and beautiful. Then you step outside and are greeted by cows and goats, horns honking and almost getting run over by a cycle rickshaw. Thats the way it is here!

The next day, lets here the music, ahhhhh, we hired a personal driver (they do that a lot here although I know it sounds super snotty) to take us to Agra where the Taj Mahal is, and Jaipur, in the Rajastan region. After 4 hours in the car, we arrived at the Taj, and ..... there it was! One of the most amazing and extravagant monuments in the world. What I think makes it more amazing then the aesthetic appeal is the story behind it.... Emperor Shah Jahan built it for his 2nd wife, Mumtaz Majal, who died giving birth to their 14th child (daaaaaaamn!) in 1631. He was sooo heartbroken then their is rumor that his hair turned gray overnight and that he sought to built this magnificant memorial for her. 50 years later and 20,000 workers this great monument was done. It was all HAND BUILT, they didn't even have wheelbarrels! People had to carry all this heavy marbel and handcraft the intricate detailed designs with semiprecious stones from all over Asia. Its really amazing and once again, I got goose bumps when I first saw it... and then again when last saw it...



It was soo amazing and once again, I have to think how lucky I am that in one single week I got to see the Himalayas in Nepal AND the famous Taj Mahal!!!!

Next, we saw the Agra fort, which is more like a palace:


After the fort and the Taj we slept in Fatehpur Siri where we saw the Jama Masjid, or the Dargah mosque which was built in the 15th century and is cool because it is a combination of a Hindi and PErsian design and has this 54m high Victory Gate, supposedly the tallest in Asia. Then we drove to Jaipur, what used to be the capital of Rajastan. Its also known as the pink city, not to be confused with Jodhpur, the blue city. And then there is Jaisalmer, in the desert where there are these fun camel treks that we really wanted to do, but don't have time for. :( Next time. BUT, close enough is that we got to see camels trek along the rodes, along with elephants and pigs and cows, stray dogs, and I don't even know what else. But camels, they are soooo cute! They always look like they are smiling :)


Anyway, Jaipur really is pink! They painted the city pink in 1876 to greet the Prince of Wales ... and really hasn't been touched since (so yes, a lot of things look a little rustic). Raj (means 'king') and Stan (means 'palace') sooo.... guess what? We see a lot of palaces, and forts here. We started with Amber Fort, which is of Rajput design,


moved on to the City Palace, a beautiful maze of buildings where one can see how the maharjas lived,


then hit the Jantar Mantar, this outsized, crazy looking astronomical instrument place, and finally finished at Hawa Mahal, this beautiful Palace of the Winds, that is pink (go figure) and built for women of the court.


Best of all though... we saw a Bollywood movie! It was soooooooooooooooooooo funny!!! Its called Aaja Nachle. I can't believe how cheesy and dramatic it is, BUT it is kinda cute at the same time. VERY energetic and fun and entertaining. And of course seeing a movie in India is a little different than at home. There is assigned seating, and since the Bollywood movies are so long, there is a 15 minute intermission. Ha! It was really fun and this theatre in Jaipur that we went, the Raj Mandir Cinema, is supposed to be famous because it really looks something like a temple, a meringue and a nightclub, all in one.

Thats Rajastan for ya!! Its a short, but sweet trip!!

We are back in Delhi andid a pow-wow sightseeing of the Red Fort, which was built by the same emperor Shah Jahan that had the Taj built. Its huge and pretty, but honestly, I think I'm a little forted out! We quickly made it to India's biggest mosque, the Jama Masjid which took 14 years to build and is definitely impressive. Its said to be Shah Jahan's final architectural extravaganza. Here is a pict of the madness at the entrance and of the mosque itself:



BUT, what I am most impressed about is the CLEAN (there are a few things I can say that about India) subway system!!! Its super efficient, easy to get around, and an easy ride! We took it and thought that it definitely topped Chicago's "L". Seriously, if India can do it, anyone can. Once again, I just have to mention that although India has amazing sites, it is soooooooooooooooooooooo dirty, soooo polluted, and sooo much poverty. Its really sad, but its really everywhere. EVERYWHERE! Public urinals, cow and goat crap everywhere, and garbage! garbage! garbage! I actually was feeling bad about dissing China so much about these things, when China looks like New Zealand compared to India. But as people saw, its all about the experience of India. Even the Bollywood movie we saw poked fun at us Americans being grossed out about the cows and the dirt. ha ha!

Now watch out! A cycle rickshaw is coming!


Posted by travellen 10:03 Archived in India Comments (0)

Silence.... and now the aftermath

Pune, India

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As of Dec 14th I am going to be silent for 10 days. No speaking. No looking at anyone in the eye. No electronics. No music. No cell phone. No journal writing. No computer. No watch. No ipod. 2 meals a day (nothing after 1pm). Probably about 6-8 hours of meditation. Waking up at 4 am to meditate. Then again. And again. Its called Vipassana and its a long story on how I got to do to this, but I will be finishing up on Christmas day (yea! I get to say Merry X-mas!) and will let in on how it went.

10 days.


You try a couple of hours. Then a day. Then 10!!

I'm nervous. Its going to be hard, but... I'm hoping it will be rewarding in the end. It'll be a good time to sit (what else is there to do?) and reflect on my travels, my life, and everything in between! :)

(sorry, you need to scroll down a little to get to the "aftermath" part!)
The Aftermath.

The Vipassana camp is over. While I was there, I was trying to think how to describe this experience. To say that it was the hardest thing I've done in my life, both mentally and physically, would be an understatement. To say that a marathon, 1/2 ironman, any other physical accomplishment I've done, is "hard," I have to smile and almost laugh. Nyet! It doesn't even compare. This was really the hardest thing I've ever done. The silence wasn't actually a big deal, believe it or not. It probably was about 1/10th of the experience. You just get used to it, and if it wasn't for a few instances in the beginning where I wanted to tell Char something stupid, (ew! I swatted a fly and it landed in my dish!) it really wasn't an issue. Before I mentioned the food, or lack thereof, I thought that that would be hard to get adjusted to. But once again, it was about 1/10th of the experience. We actually ate lunch at 11am and then had a snack at 5pm, and that was it. The challenge was this is about you and the power of your mind. Vipassana is about insight and the importance of mental action and seeing things as they really are. Its training your mind to be aware and equanimous of consciousness, perception, sensation and reaction... which leads to being aware of the reality of "now" as your body experiences it. Which ultimately leads to getting rid of suffering and misery. A point which I like that he made is about cravings. Cravings lead to attachment which lead to misery. Think about it. And also about living in the present, not past or future. The goal is to purify the mind, and eliminate tensions and negativites that make us miserable. Who wants to be miserable? I know I don't. And how we can be miserable towards other people and try to change them, when ultimately, we are the ones that are miserable and need to change, and that change has to come from within.

It is also about meditating for 10 hours a day. Observing respiration and then sensations. Mentally working through the many many physical issues (my knees hurt, my back hurts, etc).

This was the schedule:

4:00am: wake up call. Or should I say, wake up dong.
4:30-6:30am: Meditation
6:30-8:00am: Breakfest. Bucket showers to bathe. Relax.
8:00-9:00am: What I tended to call "power" meditations. It was mandatory to do these group sessions and you had to sit still, NO movement, in the lotus-flower position without moving. Just being aware of sensations in your body. Keeping your eyes closed. Not even wiggling your fingers or feet. It sounds Nazi, I know, but that was where the hardest part of the camp came. The physical pain at times was absolutely unbearable. Sometimes I would try to think about the anatomy of all the places that hurt (hello! I'm a PT!), but then I remembered that I was supposed to be concentrating on my respiration and sensations. That, and I need a major review of thigns! :) But yes, I soo wanted to cry outloud in pain at times. But throughout the 10 days you train your mind to observe and be aware.... and basically train your mind to get over it "its impermanent. It will go away." At the end, I could sit no problem! Soooooooooooooooooooo rewarding. I really felt, when I got to that point, I could conquer the world. Nothing can stop me now! :)
9:00-11:00: meditation
11:00-12:00: lunch
12:00-1:00: rest
1:00-2:30: meditation
2:30-3:30: power meditation (group, no moving, etc)
3:30-5:00: meditation
5:00-6:00: snack time. The girls and boyz were separated by this curtain. We were also on separate sides during meditation and were separated the whole time. No contact allowed.


6:00-7:00: The 3rd and final 1-hour "power" session
7:00-8:30: Video discourse on meditation. These were fun and anxiously awaited for because the dhamma, Mr. Goenka, has an awesome sense of humor, was engaging and empowering to listen to. He was almost a mind-reader to your experiences that day, and after a day of going through soooooo many emotions and challenges and not being able to talk about it with anyone and dealing with it on your own, it was great to hear him almost relive what you felt that day, laugh about it, and just learn about the power of the Vipassana technique. And no, really, its not a cult or sect or ritual or anything. Yes (referring to my 1st "entry" above), I did think about stuff and reflect and analyze, but for the majority of the time I was ssooo concentrated on my mind and my body, that there could have been a horn in my face and I wouldn't even have budged. Hmm... okay, thats a little stretch, but you know what I mean.
8:30-9:00: meditation
9:30: lights out and bedtime.

So yes, 10+ hours of meditation a day.

Here is a pict of the golden stuppa where we meditated all day:


It was non-stop and sometimes I wanted to cry, other times to laugh, other times cry again, then other jump for joy. I think it was the 7th day that I really felt happy. Soooo much going on! The whole experience is a personal experience and what I experienced is what I experienced and not one single person will go through the same thing. Everyone does it for a reason, and gets something different out of it. I really really believe everyone should do something like this. It really really trains you to be the master of your mind... and really get to know yourself (i.e. me always thinking I'm 'tough' because of my athletic endeavors, but then really wanting to cry and quit because I didn't think I could handle it. That was day 2). How many times in your life will you really have no outside stimulation (no talking, reading, writing, music, etc)? Ugh! Its sooooo hard to explain, and I kinda don't want to explain or describe because if even 1 person of the 2 people that is reading this does it, I want them to have their own experience and not be "biased" of my experience!

But honestly, I have never felt so happy in my life. I feel soooo pure, cleansed, detoxed, rejuvenated inside, I can almost burst! I know it sounds crazy, and this probably won't last long, but really! Its how I feel! Like today, so we leave the camp, had a nice X-mas lunch (merry x-mas by the way! I kinda forgot about it sense we were at the camp and there isn't too much going on here for X-mas) with someone we met from the camp, want to go to the train station (heading around Pune) and BAM! How should I put this nicely? An unfortunate and ugly situation with a rickshaw driver. Yes, I was annoyed, but I didn't even flutter with anger or hatred, not even an ounce. My heart rate didn't even raise. I had a calm and clear mind. No anger in me whatsoever. And yes, we moved on. Of course to had to have another 'incident' within about 15 minutes of that, but again, we learned so much about 'misery' and recognizing yourself and your reactions, that again, I didn't even twinge. And honestly, 12 days ago we had a similar incident (umm... in case you can't tell, rickshaws are NOT a foreigners best friend and pretty much everytime you even approach one, nevertheless get in one, there is going to be an unpleasant interaction because of the notorious ripping and scamming). I literally was FUMING when that happened. I turned red, my heart was beating a mile a minute, and I was just LIVID with anger towards these people. LIVID! And LIVID for the next hour or so before I forced myself to let it go. But I was totally miserable for that hour. Why? No reason! What happened happened.

Noww.... well, I'm fresh from this experience, but its kinda cool to not even react to unpleasant situations. I don't want to be miserable, and hopefully will continue to keep up with some practices. By the way, I know whoever is reading this thinks I've become this junkie hippie and have been brainwashed by this whole thing, but I really recommend everyone to do it: www.dhamma.org.

It was the hardest thing I've done EVER, but the best thing I've done. And yea, I did it!!!!!

So go ahead, experience the here and now!

Be Happy!!!

HEre's a pict of a sunset at the camp:


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On Top of the World: the Himalayas

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Nepal! We are in Nepal!!!! We didn't plan on coming here but after meeting many many travelers that said it was a "do not miss" and "must see" and "you are so close (India is our next stop), why not?" We thought, why not?
We were first greeting with total chaos and people shoving themselves in our faces. Not fun. Then we made it to Thamel, an area of Kathmandu, which is known for being congested, polluted, and dirty. That wasn't a lie. The other thing is that we are coming from about a month straight of 80 to 90 degree weather. Here its probably in the 30's. Frreeeeezing!

So I had to spit out the bad stuff. Besides these petty things, Nepal is absolutely stunning. The thing to do in Nepal is trek. EVERYONE comes here and does 7 to 10 to 21 long treks. Being that we are only here for a total 4 full days, we opted to do a 4 to 5-hour trek (hahah!) and then do sightseeing. The "easy" trek (why do they always say that?) was actually difficult and for the first time, we heated up. We were basically trying to keep up with our guide, who was walking at a brisk pace, and we made it to Nagarkot in 3 hours. The guide was like "wow! You guys are in great shape! You're fast walkers! It normally takes 4 to 5 hours, and you made it in 3!!! WOOOOOOWW!" We were like "Umm..... we were pretty much trying to keep up with you!" Oh well. Although we were mostly walking on garbage, it was still a nice trail and soo refreshing to be away from the pollution and be in nature. Ahhh....

Nagarkot is known for its awesome views of the Himalayas, and that was no joke. I know it sounds like I say this a lot, but really, seeing the majestic Himalayan range is like nothing I've ever seen before. It is soooo stunning, I really can't even describe. I got goose bumps looking at it (and thats not only because it was so cold), but even writing this now. I looove mountains, and to see mountains like that is seriously out of this world. Nepal has 14 of the highest mountain ranges in the world, and 8 of them are 8,000ft (including Mt. Everest of course). We watched the sunset and sunrise there, which was sooooooooooo awesome!!!!! Here are a few of a 023990823423 picts I took:





Then here's me in my nightware. Seriously, thats how I slept it was so cold


We also did some great sightseeing to Bhaktapur, this ancient city that has pretty much stayed the same for thousands of years and is really really ancient and you could literally transport yourself hundreds of years and it kinda looks the same:





We also saw Buouddhanath Stuppa, the largest stuppa in Asia:


(it really is big, but I guess the picture doesn't really show it) and the cool little town surrounding the stuppa:


One of the more interesting things we've seen is Pashupati, a cremation site. Yup, there literally were people being cremated as we watched. There is this whole ceremony that happens, their feet and hands get washed in the holy water, their body is covered in a yellow drape, and then umm.... they get cremated. They believe that the human is the highest form of being and that to be cremated you are skipping the re-incarnations, which are more lowly ways of being (like an animal or something). To be cremated you use the 5 elements of nature, and.. some other details I can't remember. To be honest, it was really eerie and spooky:


Then of course there was the Monkey Temple. I'm sure it has more spiritual significance, but really, there were monkeys all over the place which was cool, but they kinda scar me. They can be super aggressive.


What I liked most about Nepal is the people. They are SUPER SUPER SUPER patient and REALLY nice! AND very interesting looking, they look very fusion because of the neighboring Tibet and India. Here is a pict of our guide Ram, its an angle shot, but you can kinda (maybe?) see his wide set eyes and flat nose that almost looks mongolian:


I'm soo glad that soo many people told us about coming here, and although it was a hassle getting here, it was well worth it. Seeing the Himalayas in person is definitely a highlight of my trip. I wish everyone, someday, will come out to see it. I would also love one day to do a 7-10 (no more!) day hike through the Himalayas. People that have done it say it is sooo amazing and I believe it!!!!

Here is a last shot from the plane of the himalayas:


Amazing!!! You really feel like you are on top of the world!!!!

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More beach, party, buddhas and shopping

Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Bangkok, Thailand

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Welp folks, I can definitely say I am kicking back! As I mentioned before, Thailand is all about the beaches, and we are all about taking advantage of that. After staying at our "posh" upgraded awesome resort, here is a pict of the pool and sea:


we totally feel spoiled. We did make it to Koh Samui for the day:


which was pretty chill and relaxing. Then came back to Koh Phangan for the infamous Full Moon Party, 11/24/07. There were a couple of pre-parties on the beach, this pict came out bad, but its basically 02348923049832 people dancing:


and that itself was SUPER fun. Then the full moon party itself was craaaazy! We danced the night away from 11:30pm till about 6:30 am. There were all sorts of music playing and it is such a fun atmosphere. EVERYONE is out to have a good time, and you can see that. Of course you see lots of craziness happening as well, but those are details I shouldn't share on this public site. Haha ha!

After the full moon party, we took a trecherous boat ride to Koh Tao. Yes, it probably wasn't the smartest idea to take a boat ride after a night of staying up and drinking and high tide due to the full moon, but what can you do? I somehow managed to not throw up, but I can't say the same for every 3rd person on the boat. Seriously, I've never seen a something so bad. You know its bad when the crew is walking around carrying plastic baggies to throw up in and kleenex. And this perfume (??) thing to put under your news thats supposed to help with nausea? Unfortunately, Char was one of those people, and yea... the poor thing, it really really sucked. Here's a pict of it, all those people that are leaning over are throwing up, ew!


We barely made it off the boat and were whisked to the nice Ban's resort:


where we have spend the last couple of days recovering on sleep and being hung over. Oh, guess what? It was the funniest thing. So here we are at the restaurant and they are playing this already made DVD player from the full-moon party the night before (so quick), and.... there we were! We saw ourselves dancing the night away! Glad I wore a red dress that was easy to spot and that Char had this cute hat on! Yea! So if you ever catch a video of the Full Moon party in Thailand in Nov, look for us! :) Or, since we both felt the need that we had to buy it, ask us to see it!

I went scuba diving the other day and that was pretty much the reason we came to Koh Tao, its supposed to have the best diving in all of Thailand. But of course, as luck would have it, its the start or finish (who knows?) of the monsoon season so the visibility was TOTAL crap. Its probably the worst diving I've done. But we still saw some cool things, big o turtles, trigger fish, bannerfish. Its no Great Barrier Reef, I'll tell ya! Sooo... thats about all that we've done during our stay in Thailand, beach hopped. And relaxed:


Now we are in Bangkok. I remember coming here a couple of years ago and not liking it... but now I do! The weather is beautiful, and its actually nice to be in a city. There is a ton to do in Bangkok - you can go blue in the face from looking at wats and temples. Or just hanging out. We actually met up with someone we met in Xi'an, China (LH, Tam!). Crazy to see him again and realize that its been 2 months since we last hung out and we have all sorts of fun stories to share. Ahhh... the beauty of traveling, always running into people!

Guess what? We saw Thai boxing! It was sooo fun! Its easy to get into it. I learned that Thai boxing is different than regular boxing because they can kick with their legs, so most of the time, the fighters are guarding their face (more than usual, I guess!) and their kidneys, ha ha!:


Here is a pict of the awesome and huge (45m!) reclining buddha and the grand palace:



All and all, we spent 2 full weeks in Thailand its amazing. I know I usually like to do a little recap, like I did China, and I wanted to do one of SE Asia, but its kinda more for more and I don't have too much time now. Out of the SE countries, I loooved all of them in their own way. Laos for the people and the atmosphere, Vietnam for the sites, Cambodia for the temples and the food, and Thailand for the beaches. Fun fun! Now we are off to Nepal and India for the next leg! Woo hoo!

p.s. I know, I know... I'm a little obsessed with sunsets!!!

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Finally, beach time!

Koh Phi Phi and Koh Phangan, Thailand

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By the way, HAPPY THANKSGIVING and happy 3-month travel anniversary to me! Its nice to be in Thailand, the land of great beaches for this special time of year. Actually, if it weren't for someone else who recognized our "American" accents and wished us a happy thanksgiving, we probably would have forgotten about it. Nevertheless, this is probably the most non-Thanksgiving I've ever had. I had rice with pineapple and cashews for dinner, and then we treated ourselves to pancakes for dessert. No turkey and mash potatoes for us! I hope others will eat extra on our behalf! :)

Anyhoo, to back track our a little, from Cambodia we bused it, actually took a personal taxi (long story) to Bangkok where we caught a flight to Phuket. After less than a 24-hour stop over there, we took a ferry to the great Phi Phi island. That is where The Beach is filmed and is frequently named one of the best beaches in the world. When I came here a few years ago, we took a day trip to the Phi Phi islands and I remember it being wonderful, crystal clear blue water and white fine sand. So needless to say, we were pretty excited to lay back and have some beach time after all our travels. We spoke too soon. According to our guide book, there was this super cute little beach resort that had nice bamboo huts and bungalows, and was given a "thumbs up" by the guidebook. So we got dropped off there by the water taxi (the only ones to get dropped off there so that should have been a hint) to find a deserted and desolate tiny tiny beach that was totally under construction. What the? We asked the price and found it waaaay overpriced and over our budget. D'oh! So the reception was kind enough to tell us to take a "5-min" walk over a hill to get to Long Beach, where there were plenty of budget hotels. No problem, we thought. So with our bags and everything we started the slow climb..... up and over this jungle area. Seriously, it was a jungle. There was no route just a walked-on mud path that was barely wide enough to fit ourselves. Not only was it hot and extremely humid out, but we literally were walking through this jungle that had steep, slippery inclines and declines that we practically had to slide down. It was trecherous! People were hardly climbing up and were looking at us with disbelief that we were doing this 'trek' with all our bags. We emerged from the path dripping with sweat, covered in mosquito bites, and just gross. Then of course there are no roads or sidewalks, so we had to trudge through sand from place to place to finds things not available or waaay too expensive. We finally found one and not caring that it was smelly and musty, it was close to the beach. We practically threw our bags down, changed, and did a Baywatch enterance into the clearn, warm waters. Niiiiiice! There we watched the sunset and finally could settle. What a journey! Was it worth it? OF COURSE! The beach was fantastic, soooo pretty:


Then started our 1st few days of real 'vacation' from beginning this journey. Our decisions soon came to: should we have a pineapple shake or mango shake?


Should we have a sunset massage or dusk massage? (we settled for the dusk by the beach):


How can you beat that? And some good eats!

Soo.... that was pretty much 2 full days on Phi Phi!!! Laying out, catching some rays, and relaxing. No worrying about anything. Next stop is Koh Phangan where we are now. Another day's journey, another adventure with our accomodations. In Koh Phi Phi... it was kinda gross. Centipedes and strange bugs about, water in our room from the non-insulated walls, blah! So when we got to Koh Phangan and got ourselves to even a worse place, this one covered with ants, an outside "bathroom" area (no sink, just a basin, I could go on and on), we almost had had it. We slept there, but, as is becoming routine, I had all these bad dreams about bugs and ants and stuff. Daaaaaaamn it. Sooo..... as luck would have it (it is Thanksgiving, huh?), we found a sweeeeeeeeet accomodation just down the beach from where we originally were staying. Of course, we decided to splurge for it, but its worth every penny. Guess what? It has toilet paper! A garbage! Tiled floors! A separate shower area from the bathroom (in Asia they are mostly an all in one, so you pretty much are sitting on the toilet while showering). All these MAJOR luxuries we haven't had. And, yes we are paying a LOT, there is even a computer with internet, a TV, and a fridge in our room. And did I mention the spectacular view from our private balcony?


We can't get enough of it! Soooo... life is good! In all honesty, we had to do this. I don't think I could take yet another couple of days, or week, of really bad accomodations. So here we are! Another few days here while we party at the infamous full-moon party!

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