# 20: The year I turned 20

I turned 20 on the island, Koh Phangan. Eight surprised me with a birthday cake right at midnight and the partying started. I was actually a bit depressed about turning 20, which is kinda funny to look back on. I thought I was getting soooo old!

The most exciting things that happened, that could all be posts in their own right were:

1. Travel

I left Thailand for a period of two months (it was supposed to be four, but I didn’t make it that long!). It was originally planned as a test to see if I still had the travel bug, and if I actually just needed to push myself to leave Thailand, so that I could see how strong my relationship with Eight was, and if Thailand was the place I wanted to stay long term.

a. England

I first went to England, met up with some amazing people that I met while working in Thailand, and had such a great time! I also went to visit my sister, as she was living there for six months. It was a great holiday.. and I would have been happy to have gone straight back to Thailand after those 3 weeks.

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b. Italy

After England, I went straight to Italy, where I was teaching English to a filthy rich family. They owned a house by the sea side in a very small town. It should have been a great experience, but I was homesick for Thailand and cried every night on Skype to Eight about how the family was awful and how I hated everything about Italy.

In all fairness though, the family were crazy! I was primarily teaching twin boys who were 7 years old. They were given sachets of sugar! To eat raw! They also had a bottle of heated milk that they were given each night. They were so badly behaved, it wasn’t funny, including hitting a waiter when he had used the same spoon to scoop out vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream!

It was definitely an experience, and I’m glad I went as it showed that my relationship with Eight was definitely strong and that I loved Thailand!

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And, they are the charming young boys!

I left early, and couldn’t wait to get back to Thailand! I was sooo excited when I was in the airport and couldn’t wait to get on the plane. But, my flight was delayed for 48 hours. The longest 48 hours ever, and it made the whole trip back to Eight that much longer! Not fun at all.

2. Bangkok

When I arrived back in Thailand, Eight and I had moved to Bangkok, well, he had moved to an island and the plan was for me to live and work on the same island. I lasted a week before I went crazy! Sure, it was great to relax on the beach every day, but I need to work! So, I moved to Bangkok, and rented my first apartment, all by myself.

It was exciting, but lonely, and it was made harder after each time Eight came and visited. We could play happy little family, and then he’d leave and my apartment just felt so empty.

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The view from my apartment.

3. Eight moved in.

Eight came to stay for a weekend, and as I was leaving to go to work on Monday morning, I had a wee bit of a melt down and said that if he goes back to the island that he should come back! He was due to go back to work on Monday evening, so he had to leave that morning shortly after I went to work.

When I got home, he was gone, and I was miserable. The apartment felt so lonely. Although, by that stage, I did have a little rabbit to keep me company!

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A couple days went by, and I did speak with Eight on the phone, and then one day, early in the morning I got a phone call from Eight saying that he would be there by the time I got home from work. I was excited to see him again, but I thought it was going to be a visit.

But, no, he came with everything! And, it was the happiest day ever when I came home from school and he’d cleaned and organised and moved in!

And, that summed up my 20th year of life.

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