Life is simple when you’re backpacking. And truly if you learn anything on your travels it will be not to sweat the small stuff.
A beer on the beach it was for mr Sherifi this week. And while I had various drinks on the multiple beaches I visited on my travels, this is something I considered truly special.
How often do we truly have nothing better to do than build sand castles?
Maybe when we’re 5, away on holiday with our parents desperately trying to get rid of us for that precious half an hour of doing nothing but catching some sun…
Well, C and I started our big adventures off by visiting Koh Chang – an amazing Thai island first to unwind and get familiar with all that backpacking malarkey. Someone told us in BKK that once we’re there we should venture a bit further out into the sea and visit the little Paradise Island of Koh Wai.
We landed on this beautiful little gem in October 2012 and couldn’t believe that places like this still exist. No internet, no roads, electricity supplied only for a few hours a day through a generator, rain water showers and nothing to do but sunbathing, eating lovely food, kayaking and swimming in the turquoise crystal clear waters.
I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but after living in London for over 7 years this is all we needed to switch into our travelling moods and learn once again what that weird, almost foreign sounding word ‘relax’ means.
We spend 4 days in Koh Wai Paradise huts, that were literally wooden shacks with a bed and a mosquito net, fell asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach, woke up going for a swim in the sparkling waters and generally did not very much for the rest of the day apart from reading books, chatting, playing cards and building sand castles.
Life was just so simple, so jovial with no worries and nothing to think about.
But then again, the lesson that we both learned is that life really and truly IS that simple and everything around it is just noise.