This Monday I had my first cup of coffee since my arrival, and it was divine. Strengthened by the familiarity and the buzzing caffeine in my veins I decided to set off on a real adventure - Phuket Town. I had previously asked around about busses but gotten more than a little vague answers, like "I think there might be busses... somewhere" or "I think there was a volunteer who took the bus a few years ago". Great! Thank you, that helped... So first adventure: see if there was a buss and where it stopped. I walked to the police station right outside and tried to asked about it. None of the 7 persons I tried spoke English, but as I stood there at a loss a bus came. Yay! So I took that one to bus terminal 2 and switched to the local bus into town. Nemas probemas. The next few hours I spent waking about town, having no real clue as to what to do, but the addlement streets, alleys, and markets soon had me lost and intrigued. By chance I stumbled into the streets of Old Phuket Town, which I really wanted to see. If you ever find yourself in Phuket, go there! It is adorably pretty and quaint. However, still a bit unsure I prefer to be home before dark, so I set off for home at about 5 a clock. Figured I could take the same way home. Haha, so I thought. I got back to bus terminal 2, but there I was stopped.
"No busses to Nai Yang."
"But I came from there. "
" No, no, no busses! "
So, they put me on the bus back into town again to make a switch there towards Muang Mai and Nai Yang. And so I did. Only on that bus -" no go there". What?!? I had to go to the airport, wait for 30 minutes, and follow the bus back. It made a stop fairly close to home a fearing that it would not stop again I hastily jumped off. I started to walk in the darkness, when I scooter pulled up beside me. "Where are you going? Want a ride?"
After 3 hours, finding a mystery bus, walking along the highway in the dark, and hitchhiking with a stranger on a scooter I was home. How can it be that NO ONE speaks English?
What then? Work, work, work all week. Then today. I drove to Bang Pae Waterfalls and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. The waterfall is 15 meters and Thailand's biggest and most beautiful, and I naturally took a swim in it. After I made my way to the Gibbon center. Read up on it, time is running out. I then came home so that I would be able to live stream the Sweden - Russia (American football) game. But no. You can't live stream from abroad it seems... This is possibly the first time I wish I was home, if only for the weekend. I so wanted to be on that team, and I would have had I not come here. I was given a spot, which I had to turn down. I have missed people and wished them to be here but never that I was home. But today I did. Anyway. It was a great day!
See you later, alligator!