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:
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.
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.
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!
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.