Kamala Beach

February 1, 2010 - Phuket, Thailand

We arrived! It's quite lovely here, the Andaman Sea is warm and inviting, and the sand is soft and wonderful. We can't complain about anything. John seems to have found an opportunity to do a divemasters internship here in Kamala Beach, so Lord willing we'll be here for at least 3 months.

The Philippines was a wonderful blessing to us in many ways. Leaving there is sad but exciting, and we took a short plane ride to Bangkok, excited that we're getting to do something that we've wanted to for years.


Upon arriving in Bangkok, we promptly found somewhere to sleep that was affordable:

When sunrise came, we stumbled around until we found ourselves going at light speed in a taxi that drove on the wrong side of the road (first car I'd ever been that did that!) to the bus station. When we got there, we were helped by a Thai man with the longest fingernails I've ever seen...on a man. If he uttered one word of English, which he didn't, I wouldn't of heard it because I was so distracted by his claws waving around and tapping things. The bus was leaving immediately to Phuket, so we were escorted directly there and settled in for a long ride.

To our delight, it was only about 11 or 12 hours, when we stepped off into Southern Thailand. As with all buses, immediately upon exiting there was someone selling us a taxi, which we took, and he led us straight to our hostel:

The next day we wandered over to the other side of the island to Kamala Beach, where we ended up setting up the dive internship that John is involved in now.

I got to go out on the boat and do some snorkeling while John and some others dove. There was a little European family there, who's little boy was fascinated with all the fish. Turns out fish like to eat bananas:

One event led to another and we're renting an apartment in a Muslim town not far from a Mosque, for roughly 100 USD a month. We feel very blessed to be here and are happy about miracle after miracle happening in our lives, and getting us safely to where we are now. Things are well, and Kamala Beach is a prime tourist location for anyone who wants to come visit us! The invitation is open, and anytime is good as long as we're still around :D

Thanks for reading, all. God bless!


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Kati Gibler:
February 4, 2010
March 17, 2010
Nice photos, sounds like you two are having a good time.
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