And so I took out all my uniforms because that shit is heavy, put them in the hand luggage instead and took out some more stuff. Went back to the counter and ended up with only 31kg. Fuck yeah. And she said it was okay, and that I didn't need to pay for the 1 extra kilo.
So happy and pleased with myself I said goodbye to my dad, and went to the plane. The plane took me to Doha, Qatar where I had to chill for like 4h. The plane to Krabi left at 20:00 and I boarded the plane. We had gone maybe like 1h 30min towards thailand and then the captain says "ladies and gentleman, we unfortunately have to turn back to Doha since we have some issues with the engineering" That's almost when I blacked out since I thought, this is it, this is how I die. But then he continued with "no need for you to worry, but for safety reasons we will fly back and have some engineers look into the problem". So back we flew, and we had to change planes completely and the new flight time was 01:00....
That flight ride went much smoother and I arrived around 12:30 thai time. I had to stand in the longest and slowest queue at immigration, and I almost had a fight with this russian family who was being annoying as hell trying to squeeze before me in the queue, I'm like honey, no not today...
Finally after almost 23h of travelling I was greeted at the airport by a friendly face - Markus, my Finnish colleuge from Sicily! He is now working as the airport team leader. So he drove me to our apartments. And booooy am I lucky? We have such nice apartments, for sure the best accommodation I've had all seasons. And the best part is that cleaners come and clean it once a week for free. Yasss thailand!
So I started writing this post just three days in to Thailand, and now it's been more than 1 month! Time really flew, I have been on many excursions waiting for my work permit to come through. I have been on so many boat trips, I can't even keep count. But boy have it been fun! And finally i've gotten a really nice tan!
Since thailand is full of beautiful water and islands almost all the excursions we have are boat trips to these places. We also have other kinds of excursions that doesn't involve taking a boat to beautiful islands.
One excursion we went on was a Kayaking day. And I'm not one for that kind of stuff but it was so lovely! Well at first, me and jojo shared a kayak but haha we turned out the be the slowest of the bunch. We came to our first stop which was these caves that had these paintings in them that were over like 4000 years old.
After that cave the guide decided that we were too slow haha so I got to go in the Kayak with the guide and Jojo went with our team leader. And then I could really start to enjoy the excursion because my guide basically took over and told me I didn't really have to do much! Lucky for me but unlucky for the others who were kind of struggling, but so fun to see hah.
Another excursion we went on was to go and bathe elephants in the elephant sanctuary! This is like a haven for elephants that have been mistreated before, and here they are being taken care of, and we come and visit them to help them get a mud bath. This really warms my heart since they are usually treating elephants bad here in Thailand and only uses them to gain money from tourists.
It was so nice tho, this sweet old elephant we bathed was 40 years old! She went for a walk with us down to a muddy area, and in we got to help her get muddy. But guess what this beauty did, she pooped when we was in the water! And that made us realise that all this "mud" was actually a mix of mud and poop. I don't think I have ever felt as close to mother nature than in that moment. Then we washed her off and I'm not sure if she got that clean after it since it was the same water x) but I don't think that beauty minded.
One of my biggest fears before moving to Thailand was not, omg Jackie, how will you survive the spicy food they have over there? or omg Jackie, how are you gonna manage speaking their language over there? No no no, this was something else. OMFG Jackie, how the hell are you gonna be able to drive on the left side of the road!?
But boooy have I got news for you. I'm a natural. First of all I would like to give a big round of applause to the person who created automatic driving rather than driving with a stick. It is sooo much easier and I have no idea why not everyone is driving with an automatic car?! All you need is gas and break. That easy! No clutch no nothing! And suuuure i've had a few near death experiences already driving here on the left side, but to my defence, it's all these bloody motorcycles everywhere taking up the streets left right and center. Me no gusta.
But yeah! Otherwise I feel like I have overcome my fear of driving on the wrong side of the road!
I have also managed to take my Open Water Dive certificate! Which means that I now am one step closer to my main water goal - to swim with blue whales! I mean why aim low like "finding nemo" when you can reach for the bigger things, literally - blue whales!
The only problem with this is that my ears cannot handle the pressure. And OH yeah I saw my first shark! And before you freak out, this shark is a vegetarian. They are called a black tip reef shark. So there I was, minding my own business snorkelling around looking for the blow fishes, and then I see this black shape. I start swimming towards it to see clearer and then I see the shark. I hear the shark music dun dun dun dun as it swims closer and I know the shark is a vegetarian but just to be safe I swam the fuuuck away from there as fast as my swim feet allowed me!
Last week we finally got our work permits! It took over a month!
We started with doing airport shift and then service in the hotels. And this monday me and Ida A had our first welcome meeting for the season and we SLAYED IT! So much fun being back in the uniform, and so far for me at least, the biggest complaint coming from the guests were "why is it raining?" and that's when you kind of want to hit them with some sort of scientific shit like "Rain - and other forms of precipitation occur when warm moist air cools and condensation occurs. Since warm air can hold more water than cool air, when the warmer air is cooled the moisture condenses to liquid - and it rains.." hahaha yes I had to google that.
But I'm not gonna complain since it could be way worse complaints. But now luckily the rain period is starting to end and the heat and sunshine is coming. I honestly don't think that my body will ever manage to handle this kind of warmth.
Well that's it for now, and until next time! Sawadee-kaaaa!