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Forecast Calls For Scattered Travellers With a Chance of Orangutans and Enlightenment

It took her 285 days, but Shawna has finally come to her senses and decided to leave me behind in Thailand.

at Railay Beach, Thailand

At least for a little while…

We have spent most of March exploring Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and the beaches of Southern Thailand with Shawna’s sister Carly, and her friend Marissa. From elephant rides to cooking classes to snorkeling it has been an awesome month – we absolutely love Thailand, but really, what’s not to love?! There is a reason that this is arguably the #1 country on RTW itineraries.

So girls, are you looking forward to leaving me behind?

Don’t worry, posts are on their way…we promise.

But Shawna and I will be parting ways for about three weeks beginning March 30th.

No, we are not tired of each other. No, she is not mad at me. No, I have not done anything stupid….yet.

So, what’s up then? Where are we going?

I’m glad you asked!

See you soon, Shawna!

Shawna is flying to Bali with Carly and Marissa to take in a little bit of Indonesia before stops in Vietnam and Cambodia. The girls are only here for another 3.5 weeks, and so they hope to see as much as possible before heading back home. They have a jam-packed itinerary, including the Bali Spirit Festival, Sumatran orangutans, Halong Bay and Hoi An in Vietnam, as well as stopping in Angkor Wat in Cambodia! It is going to be outstanding!

And while this trio of trouble is tuk-tuking around SE Asia, I will be attending a 10-day Buddhist Mediation retreat in Chaiya, Thailand. I have always been interested in meditation, and this will be a chance for me to recognize how deep my interests lie. It is going to be an extremely challenging ten days – check out this daily schedule – but I am ready for it (I think).

The rules are strict, but manageable: no talking, no drinking, no internet, no sex, no thinking of sex.

Wait a minute! Did that say what I thought it said??? NO INTERNET !!??

Oh shit, this is going to be a looooong ten days!

But there you have it – Shawna and Skott taking two different paths. And as excited as we both are about our two very different agendas, we would be lying if we said we weren’t going to be a little bit lonely without the other one by their side.

We did a ‘test run’ last week, where I flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to apply for my Thai visa and Shawna stayed on the Thai islands with the girls. Five nights was more than enough time for us to be apart from each other, so for us to be doing our own thing for the next three weeks will be a challenge.

But as awesome as we are as a team, it is important for us to still be able to function (and travel!) independently as well. So sure, we will be a little bummed to say goodbye on March 30th, but we each have incredible adventures to look forward to which makes it an exciting time as well.

I am sure we will have an infinite number of stories to share when we do finally see each other again.

I can hardly wait!


Sun setting on Koh Phi Phi

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8 Responses to “Forecast Calls For Scattered Travellers With a Chance of Orangutans and Enlightenment”

  1. Miri March 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Hey Skott, if my twenty year old nephew could do the ten day silent retreat without Internet, I am sure you’ll be just fine! I just did a three day one and having four kids, the silence was HEAVENLY, lol! Happy belated bday as well!

    • Skott and Shawna March 30, 2012 at 8:43 am #

      Well. now the pressure is on, isn’t it??! Alright – I am up for it…I appreciate the motivation/confidence booster/taunting (a little bit of all three maybe?!) :)
      Yes, I suspect most Moms would find the silence a very welcome change!!!
      Say hi to James.
      Thanks Miri !!!!

  2. Dalene March 30, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    You guys are awesome – every post I read usually leaves a great big smile on my face!

    Congrats on this decision – I am leaving Pete for 6 days next month, and I am DREADING it as we have barely been apart from each other for a long time. Can’t wait to hear how this goes for both of you – especially you Skott…I’ve always been interested in those kinds of programs and I can’t wait to hear about it from you…
    Dalene recently posted..Hidden Treasure

    • Skott March 31, 2012 at 7:26 am #

      Well then – it is mission accomplished…we are living a pretty cool life, so if people are reading too many of our posts feeling bummed out, that would suck for everybody!
      It will be tough being a part, but luckily we have distractions which will keep us from missing each other too much! There are apparently meditation retreats like this all over the globe – maybe even in Turkey, Dalene!?

  3. Annette | Bucket List Journey March 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I’m pretty sure I’d be going through severe Internet withdrawals; cold sweats and all ;)
    But, what an amazing experience it will be! Enjoy!
    Annette | Bucket List Journey recently posted..Duck Gizzards & Beef Tongue in Seattle

    • Skott March 31, 2012 at 7:21 am #

      I doubt my experience will be any different, but I will keep you posted either way!! :)

  4. Ashley Lenzen - Traveled Earth March 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    Wow! I think parting ways for a meditation retreat is a great idea. Mike and I want to do something like this at some point and I would expect you would get so much more out of it without your significant other to distract you. We’ve also talked about parting ways to experience solo travel at some point. Now you’ve got me thinking…

    Enjoy your separate travel adventures! I can’t wait to read about your experiences at the retreat Skott! Cheers!
    Ashley Lenzen – Traveled Earth recently posted..EstelĂ­ and Tisey Reserve

    • Skott March 31, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      I agree – it would be a little tougher with your significant other there, although in many of these places they do keep you segregated by gender quite a bit, which in that case would actually be a good thing. Ashley, if I were you I would drop Mike like a hot potato and explore the globe solo for a tiny bit… but I don’t know if he could make it on own…. maybe that would be too tough on the poor fella !! :)

      Just kidding…play safe you two!!

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