Sept 29th continued

Motorbikes, Coconuts, Beaches and now…Rain!

The day started bright and sunny – so hot in fact I had to look for some shade while I was reading my kindle by the pool.  In the afternoon, we decided to rent motorbikes heading off to explore some of the island and man, was it FUN!!  Luckily the drivers on Samui and really relaxed and careful, especially when they see the obvious tourist on a motorbike (you can tell by the helmet – public health first!).

Me with the motorbike, all artsy.

After chasing after young fresh coconuts – literally – it was near to impossible to find a cheap one anywhere!   I spend less on my canned Amy and Brian’s Coconut Juice shipped to me monthly from Amazon then the price of coconuts are here!  Until, finally! I found the secret local stash at the supermarket and they actually open it for you right there in the store if you want.  Delicious!

Coconuts and fresh fruit.  What more could you ask for?

After stopping at a few beach vistas – beautiful!

And the Big Buddha Temple…

Then it was time to head back to the Arayabuni and just in time too!  It must be a monsoon outside now!  But I love listening to the sound of rain when I’m falling asleep…

Sept 29th

Breakfasts (on a shoestring)

Delicious pumpkin and sweet corn with minced chicken! Made with real jasmine rice too!

Super sweet baby bananas! The whole bunch was only 29 baht! (that's a little less than a dollar!)

Sept 28th

Beaches and pool and sun and fun!

What more can you ask for from a day in paradise?  Two kindles (oh, how did I live without one for so long?) and two beach buddies (aka Zack and Alena) hung out today – first at the jacuzzi pool (no, public health friends, I did not get in the pool) and then second at the beach in comfortable lounge chairs overlooking a calm and peaceful blue green sea.

And now it’s time to plan some more of this big adventure!  We have tickets on the night train – something I have always wanted to do!  Although it’s probably not quite as glamorous as I have made it out to be in my mind.  Now it’s just a matter of figuring out how to get to the other side of the island to catch a ferry to Don Sak, then get a ride from there to the train station just north of Surat Thani, without getting swindled.  Then we’re in Bangkok on October 2nd in the very early hours of the morning.

And I might just look for a Zumba class while I’m there to get a fix.  I tried to dance in the “workout room” aka room with an old tread mill and some random weights in kilos, but since it’s at the top of a hill everyone can see you and the people in the resturant and waitstaff were giving me funny looks.  Next time I’ll just invite them in for an impromptu Zumba class :P

Until then, just enjoying this life of freedom and adventure!

***Special shout out to all of my Zumba friends!  Especially the birthday girl Stefanie who joined the extra special new decade this week!  Happiest birthday month to you!!!

XOXO

Alena

My new favorite song!

Wyclef’s Historia!

This was my favorite pre-cool down song at the Zumba Fitness Instructor Convention this past summer.

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