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Today is one of those days I don't like traveling. I've been recovering from sunburn (from diving despite SPF 85 - although I am now tan for me...but only on my arms) staying out late for the full moon rave, and being very very active for the last two weeks (trekking, exploring cities, diving) since um. sunday. Today I figured out my next plan. Go to Phuket, visit Phi Phi, snorkel or dive, fly to Cambodia.
Hopefully in four days or less.

I also tried to figure out what to do with the rest of my trip, which if I'm not careful will turn into a dive hopping trip since I'm basically hooked on diving now.

I stayed an extra day at my hotel here, on accuont of my laziness. Which I dealt with this morning at 10 am. Checkout is 10:30. Haha. =D
Their credit card machine was down, according to the front desk, so I had to pay with cash. Which I felt was sketchy (I can drive you to an ATM Madam!) yeah. I bet you can. Maybe it's nothing but it made me feel paranoid anyway.

I had breakfast just in time (10:30 complimentary breakfast stops) Beans on toast, with cheese. Earl grey tea, and pineapple juice. Apparently I am turning Brit. Everyone at the four dining tables under the shade, and accessible to the fans was smoking. I'm getting tired of being surrounded by smokers.

When I was seasick on the boat during the dive trip the smoke smell made it a lot worse. I was on the top deck just trying to get fresh air and it was impossible, I was surrounded by divers - smoking. Diving and smoking don't seem like smart things to do together. Divers need lungs, divers work with oxygen tanks, divers should be in reasonable shape. Like my partner said though, it's kind of a fringe culture, so I guess that's why there are so many smokers. 

Anyway. It made me really ill on the boat and It's been extremely irritating since then.

(SIDE NOTE I JUST GOT DIVEBOMBED BY A GIANT BEETLE AND EARLIER ANTS TOOK OVER MY BATHROOM SINK FOR UNKNOWN REASONS.  BOTH OF WHICH ARE OK WITH ME I"M JUST SAYING - AND THE INTERNET GUY JUST LIT UP A CIGAR CIGARETTE)

For some reason I'm hypersensitive to it still. Plus I just hate it in general. Go get cancer somewhere else, and stop dropping cigarette butts on the beach. They kill turtles and don't biodegrade, ever.

I retreated to my room to hide from the noon sun, and browse my Lonely Planet - but ended up finishing my book instead. I ambled back out at about three to 7-11 to get money, finally, it took me forever to find an ATM near here. I Stopped to grab a baguette walking back (I thought the place sold sandwhiches but it's just a bakery) it's a good baguette though. Sometimes you just need bread.

I really needed lunch, so I tried to find a place that didn't look deserted. I don't know if it's just my part of this place (Koh Paghnan) but the place is like a ghost town. 75% of bars and restuarants just lying open, but obviously in disuse. It's creepy. I can't wait to get off this island.

I found a place with people in it, and ordered masaman curry. It was blah. The rice was blah. The potatoes weren't cooked. The best part was the Ovaltine shake, which somehow, also ended up being blah. Maybe it was just me. I dunno. Maybe it's being on my period in stifling hot weather (TMI? Yeah well =P) I dunno.

So I ate as much as I could and then gave up.
Went back to the hotel, grabbed the three books I've finished and went to exchange/sell them at a used book store I passed. Usually they tell you how much the books are worth store credit or cash and you figure it out from there. Here? Nothing. I have books to exchange. Ok. Um. I guess I'll look around. Ok. I'd like these two much older and dingier books.

Girl -50 baht.
Me - wait. I have to pay? These books are really old? Mine are new. How much are you taking my books for?
Girl - 100 baht.
Me - ???? You'll give me 100 baht? What? What's the price of these two books? 
Girl - uh. exchange - ok? 
Me- grabs old dingy books. EHN. Ok Bye..

I went to an Internet cafe/travel agency and tried to finish sorting out what to do. I've been in there a few times to use the Internet, did some research, then asked the agent to help me get a ferry ticket/plane ticket to Phuket. So I can go to Phi Phi. 

Reasonable amount of confusion there, but nothing really extrodinary. Mostly the wait where did she go with my card? To the airline shop? What? Err...

The ticket she gave me to fly on is the least ticket looking ticket I've ever seen. I asked about four times which airline counter it was i needed to check in at and I swear I can't remember what she said or find it on the ticket. Maybe there is only one. (ok I looked it up and apaparently the whole airport is Bangkok Airways so everything should be fine. Yay language barriers)

I'm giong to be at that airport for a few hours tommorrow. The travel agent suggested shopping. http://www.samuiairportonline.com/shopping

I'm not much of a shopper. Well. Sometimes. Ehn.

I've thought about 20 times the last two days that I shuold have just bought a stupid EEEpc. I've spent a lot of money walking to (sweating) and finding and paying for Internet, because apparently I am addictied, and I need additional travel research sources, and I figure if the prices keep up at the current rate I could have bought a computer and ended up saving money over 6-8 weeks of travel. EHN.


Oh right. So after the veryconfusing travel agent conversation I went back to my room to dump the new/old books, and change shirts (mine was too thick) and wash my face and put a bandaid on my foot (my crocs rubbed the top of my left foot raw. my left foot is having alll the problems this trip). There is a dog that hangs aruond my hotel. Actually there are a lot of dogs. This dog in particular I've probably seen no less than 20 times, each time the dog had no problem with me. Today the dog barked at me and tried to jump up on me and acted rather mean. Not like attack mean but not friendly. This pissed me off and I yelled at the dog. When I came back out of my hotel room to come here (to a different internet cafe than the one I bought my stuff at to write this and try to sort it all out.. The dog was still there, and still barked at me, and even lunged at me. I threatened it with my umbrella and gave it my teacher look. It followed me all the way across the street to the computer place but didn't come in.
URGH.

Btw. Most useful thing to have in your purse/bag/pocket in rural Thailand - flashlight. Take Note.

urgh. i'll be glad to be out of here soon. i dont' really like this island much. Best find a place to stay in Phuket. =P

ps. now the fourth cigarette being lit to my left.

pps. fans do not = air  con

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