OKOKOK. I realize that it might seem like I fell off the edge of the world, or got washed away by the rain at Koh Tao or something.
But the truth it, it got busy living. I went back to Tonsai which I’ve blogged about several times before, so I just let it be, and spent my time living and enjoying my life back “home” in Tonsai again, where I stayed for 3 months until the end of February.
But now I’m back in Norway, so here’s a recap of what went down in that time period:
Returning to this amazing place never felt better. It was great to be reunited with familiar faces from previous visits, and it was amazing to get to know so many new ones who were staying there for a while like myself. When you’re constantly on the move, you often feel on the outside, you’re just passing by. But here I got to set up some roots for a while, and feel like I was part of a community again.
3 months of hanging out, sharing stories, creating new ones, while being at war with the local macaque monkey mob. It was wild.
I spent Christmas and New Years in Tonsai, which was my first Christmas away from my family. Fortunately I got to spend it with an amazing group of people and things turned out great. We even did an awesome Christmas boat trip exploring the islands nearby.
New Years eve was the night of the year, with a fantastic party at the beach, with amazing fireworks display from the fancy resorts over at Railay beach, which we had a perfect view of, followed by dancing all night under the starry sky. Oh yes. It was magic.
A moth later I even got to turn 33 while I was there. I bought myself a birthday dress, chose myself a birthday song, gathered a group of people to spend the day with and just drifted around following the wind, just as I prefer to spend my birthday.
But at one point, things has to come to an end. Just as my visa was running out, I caught the local Dengue fever outbreak, which I was starting to believe I would be lucky enough to avoid, but no. It got me bad. Having to deal with leaving the country while dealing with Dengue at the same time was a proper hassle. I couldn’t eat for 10 days and I’ve never felt so helpless and powerless in my life. At this point I was starting to run out of money as well, so it was time for me to go home.
I was in Penang, Malaysia by this time, and I was needing some beach for the final days of my journey, so I went to Langkawi. I really did not feel Langkawi. For me it was boring and colorless compared to Thailand. And since I only had one week left I said to myself “fuck it”, and hopped on a boat to Koh Lipe, Thailand to spend my last days on that little chill island paradise, holiday style, before a 30 hour travel route back to Norway march 1st, retuning to minus 10 degrees. Lovely.
I’ve been back since. Being a nomad I have no place of my own, so I’ve been staying at my parent’s house since while working and saving, so that I can get back to nomading again.
Things are looking up, and I’m going to Helsinki in July to see friends I met in Tonsai before flying back to South East Asia again somewhere. But until then, here are some pictures from my 3 months in Tonsai.