Left behind. Sigh.

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Steve waiting for the ride that never came.
I was excited to start my day since DIVING was on the day’s docket. Yippee! Today will be the first dive of this RTW trip.

At 7:55, we were ready and waiting at the gate for our ride, which was supposed to come at 8:00. Twenty minutes later, Steve made a joke about Phuket being on “island time.” At 8:30 we were pretty certain that a miscommunication had occurred (that would be nothing new!), so I walked directly to the dive shop while Steve continued to wait by the gate. The dive shop was closed so I walked all the way back to the apartment to call them. The lady who answered was quite surprised that we hadn’t been picked up yet. She did some checking and soon called back: the driver, who is apparently a big fat liar,  said he had stopped but we weren’t there! So the boat had left without us.
Man vs. ocean.
No diving for us today. Damn.

We went back to the apartment to ponder what we’d do with our day, and Steve basically passed out from the Dramamine he had taken earlier. While he slept, I checked the Phuket Flying Club’s website. I have been following their progress over the past several months as they have struggled to build a runway and new clubhouse. On the site I read that the airport and clubhouse were open, and that today was the opening party! The details were a little sparse so I wrote an email asking what time and where.

Then I went to the beach (Kata Noi). The surf was incredible! The red flag was flying but it didn’t stop people from challenging the crazy, huge waves. I stood by with my camera, ready to capture carnage! I walked the length of the beach, sat in the sun for about 5 minutes, had an overpriced Diet Coke, walked back, took lots of pictures, then went home.
She's braver than I!
It was hot and I was drained. Going to the beach is hard work.

Back home, I found an email response from the Phuket Flying Club. Turns out there wasn’t a party after all… the opening has been delayed until January 2009. They don’t have any planes to rent yet, but are “putting up tents to park planes inside” in the meantime. I had hoped to use my private pilot’s license here in Thailand, but it sure doesn’t look promising.

At this point was Steve was semi-coherent (what kind of Dramamine was that!?) and hungry, so we went on foot to find some lunch. It was hot and the hills were killing us, so we stopped at the first scooter rental place was came to and negotiated a weekly rental for about $42.
Thai salad for lunch. Spicy and delicious!
Then we were off on our scooter to Karon Beach (with only one near collision with a minivan on the way) for lunch at the first beachside restaurant we found that actually had customers. I had a super spicy Thai papaya salad that set my mouth on fire (yum!), and Steve had a mixed salad. We shared a pizza. It was all pretty good, and we enjoyed the ocean view and especially appreciated the ocean breeze.
    
There just so happened to be a massage place next to the restaurant, so we went in for one-hour foot massages. My lady had hands of steel and boy did that massage hurt! I knew that Thai massage was “vigorous,” but wow! I will be bruised from that one.

After that we stopped at Phuket Dive Club to receive a million apologies from the owner about today’s missed connection.
Steve on our new ride.
We rebooked for Monday and have our fingers crossed that the driver will find us next time.

We then went back to the apartment. With no activities on the horizon, I was feeling bored and longing to be in a city again. A long beach vacation sounded good at the time I booked it, but maybe a whole month here is a mistake?  I am beginning to suspect so.

I finally went out to the pool area with a People magazine I have been hoarding and spent a whole hour going between the pool and a chair in the sun. That wasn’t so bad. Maybe I will even get a little tan. It’s just hard to get used to doing nothing.  I understand some people call it “relaxation.” Odd concept. I suspect I will become more familiar with it if I am to spend a month here though. 
 
reikunboy says:
I stayed on Kata Noi when I went to Phuket beautiful beach. couldn't imagine staying a month though. Phuket is way too touristy for me
Posted on: May 03, 2008
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Steve waiting for the ride that ne…
Steve waiting for the ride that n…
Man vs. ocean.
Man vs. ocean.
Shes braver than I!
She's braver than I!
Thai salad for lunch. Spicy and de…
Thai salad for lunch. Spicy and d…
Steve on our new ride.
Steve on our new ride.
A red flag day at Kata Noi.
A red flag day at Kata Noi.
Beach chair at Kata Noi beach.
Beach chair at Kata Noi beach.
Pleasant afternoon on Kata Noi bea…
Pleasant afternoon on Kata Noi be…
Help!
Help!
Braving the waves.
Braving the waves.
Couple playing in the water at Kat…
Couple playing in the water at Ka…
No swimming allowed!
No swimming allowed!
Swimmers at Kata Noi beach.
Swimmers at Kata Noi beach.
One small man, one large ocean.
One small man, one large ocean.
Here comes a big one!
Here comes a big one!
Time to hit the beach!
Time to hit the beach!
Pizza for lunch.
Pizza for lunch.
My eyes were watering from the hea…
My eyes were watering from the he…
Me and a pizza. Mmmm.
Me and a pizza. Mmmm.
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