December 26 -- Ko Lanta
What a Christmas. Today is
a lazy day. I tanned on the beach and swam in the warm ocean.
Tonight, we will sit around the fire on the beach and learn Thai
songs and marvel at our glorious luck.
January 1 -- Ko Lanta Yai, Thailand
Wonderful party last night
to ring in the new year. I was having such a good time at the
party on the beach. It was only at midnight, when it became painfully
clear how alone I actually am here, that I felt homesick. Feel
better today after calling home. Costs the moon, but it was worth
it to hear my dad's voice.
January 3 -- 2000 Krabi, Thailand
Said my farewells today to
Mama, Oy, Bang, Bao, and the rest on Ko Lanta. Sort of hard because
I feel like I've become part of the family. They've been so kind,
open, generous, and fun. Mama sent me off with pineapple, watermelon,
bananas, and a couple of yards of beautiful green Thai silk. I'll
January 5 -- East Railae, Thailand
I'm thoroughly enjoying myself
in this idyllic place, surrounded by limestone karsts and blue,
blue ocean. And as I suspected it might, home is looking better
and better all the time. Like HOME, somehow, something I've never
felt about Toronto and my life there.
January 9 -- East Railae, Thailand
I realize why I'm so lonely
here in Railae. Aside from the fact I haven't had a conversation
in 4 days, the fact is that I formed attachments on Ko Lanta.
I fell in love with the children there, bonded with the grown-ups.
It was hard to leave. And easy, because I was itching to see new