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