My European world was slowly disappearing and getting lost between the clouds when my plane took off. Curios about new places, people and adventures. It was going to be my first time in Asia, and it was going to be my first time in Asia alone.
I didn’t know what to expect but I promised myself when I land, I’ll take one step at a time. Left and right and left and right.
I continued my way to a place called Lom Phraya Pier, where I caught a boat to Koh Phangan. It took no longer than 30 minutes to hit the land again and next 10 minutes with a taxi ride to drop me off at Phanganist hostel.
Soon I realized that this island is not just nice places and good food. It’s extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s a street full of motor bikes and backpackers. It is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s falling asleep on a sandy beach and waking up sunburnt, it’s hanging out with people you just met. It's a party all night and relaxing all day. The realization that I may have been born in the wrong country. And it’s so much more.
I guess all those rumours about Thailand are really true. It is a place that welcomes everyone.
And finally, after a long day, I lay down on a beach and get carried away by the glorious sunset, wishing this moment would last forever. I think for myself; how wonderful it feels to just be simply alive.
By guest writer Klara Lotric.