So, I lost my blogging mojo and worried that I was spending too much time in front of a screen and not enough time with the kids. I slowed down and then I got further and further behind, finally I stopped completely. I had lots and lots of ideas and inspiration, but without someone poking me with a stick to make me write, I found other things to do instead. I am, essentially, a lazy person prone to guilty feelings, a bad combination when it comes to devoting my time to doing self-indulgent things like writing blog posts.
However, I am on the road again, I have more time and as my children inch up, their ever-expanding concentration spans allow me a little more time to self-indulge. So, I need to bring the blog right up to date by filling in the enormous hole that currently exists. I toyed with the idea of writing lots of posts covering the missing stuff but I knew that it would be a huge undertaking that I would never tackle, which is a shame because we did some really cool and memorable stuff, but I need to crack on, so those posts will be sacrificed to the gods of expediency, maybe they will give me a generous kick up the ass in return.
The following bullet points are basically a summary of the things we did that I never got around to writing about.
- Extended our Thai visas for an extra month in Kanchanaburi.
- Went back to Koh Phangan and stayed in Haad Salad and Chaloklum with my sister and her family.
- Headed down to Krabi, moved to Ao Nang and visited Railay (It was just as lovely and everyone says but it was such a state I felt a bit guilty being there and contributing to it’s demise)
- Hung out for a few days in Trang, in my favourite hotel ever with a musical shower.
- Took the bus down to Satun and ate a lot of very good roti.
- Cruised across the Malaysian border in the middle of nowhere and were abandoned in a random bus station in a town I couldn’t find on any map.
- Delighted in poking around Penang for a few days, tracking down street art and eating banana leaf curries every night.
- Caught the night train down to KL and had a fight with a monkey over a precious croissant on the steps of a temple (the monkey won).
- Flew to Auckland and stayed there until August.
In a way I am kind of glad the blog ground to a halt before I got to New Zealand. We had come across a kind of life swap opportunity and were living in someone’s house while he and his family were off having adventures of their own around the world. We became part of a lovely beach-side community, my kids went to school/preschool and we had great neighbours and made friends. I don’t know how comfortable I would have been posting stuff about our normal life on the internet, I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have been that entertaining anyway. Our current plans envisage a return to NZ to do more work when this stint of travelling is over, by then I reckon I will be a bit of an expert on North Island travel so I can write about that, instead of what I bought at the supermarket or grew in my garden.
Right now we are at the start of an odyssey that will hopefully take in India, Nepal, Burma, Cambodia and Laos, with maybe a tiny bit of lying on a Thai beach in there if I can manage it at all. Lets see how it turns out.