Things are all change in Koh Tao, and a couple of my friends are off to pastures new in Australia (via London for one of them – yay) and it’s got me thinking about the annoyingly transient nature of friendships on the road. It’s no big surprise that when you’re moving from place to place every few days, your friendships will likely be fleeting. But what about when you make a place your home for a month or two?
That’s a little trickier.
For most of last year I was in Koh Tao and, on the whole, I loved it. There were troubled times, highs and lows and everything in-betweens, but yeah, I loved it. Facebook reminds me of just how much I loved it on a daily basis when I hit ‘unfollow…..’ on yet another dreamy sunset. Me, jealous? Um, yes.
This week’s photo was taken on my birthday last year, when Oli bravely surprised me with a Flying Trapeze lesson. I say it was brave, because, well I’m not the most adventurous girl, let’s face it. I actually thought I would love it, and actually, I probably would have done, except for the fact that as soon as I saw the group of strangers who would also be learning to fly — my social anxiety kicked in, and all I wanted to do was run. I have always hated being in social situations, but mostly cope okay….and often avoid it all together. Learning something new in front of people is my idea of ACTUAL HELL.
If you ever end up in Koh Tao, though, and in the name of fairness — you should try out the Flying Trapeze Beginner Class. Run by the lovely Brit Gemma, who barks instructions at you with a lightening speed, and seems to have endless energy, it’s pretty awesome to watch. She really does make it look easy! Lessons are great value (I think it was about £30 for 2 hours or so) and it’s one of the most beautiful spots for sunset pictures.
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Have you visited Koh Tao? Have you ever joined the circus?!
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