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What day?

So, I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit lately. I’m ashamed. But, really, it wasn’t my fault. I’ve been so busy I don’t even know what day it is. The calendar on the wall above my desk still says February, but I’m starting to get the feeling that it’s time to flip the pages…

You see, first I went to Doha, Qatar for just under a week (where I began my fabulous career as an educational technology consultant – can’t wait to cash in on that super-cool profession). Then, just a week after I returned to Bangkok, I hopped on another plane, this time to Berlin, Germany for the ECIS Librarian’s conference (cold, windy, rainy, and colder). And, then, just a week after I returned from Berlin, our lovely friend Lisa came to visit us here in BKK for a week and we headed out to Koh Samui for a long weekend. Next up is a trip back to KL for the EARCOS teacher’s conference, where I’ll be presenting (again). Of course, right after we get back we’ll have 4 sets of visitors on the way, a move to a new (fabulous) apartment (more on that later) and the end of the school year.

I can’t say it’s all been fun and games, especially returning to work right after a 12 hour flight and trying to keep my eyes peeled open, but it certainly has been educational. And we all know how much I love learning.

Anyhoo, on to the highlights from Koh Samui (since that was the only place I was energetic enough to take a few pictures). I have to admit, as sad as I am to say it, but the beaches here in Thailand have not impressed me as much as the stunning beaches we enjoyed in Malaysia. I’m hoping we just keep choosing the wrong beaches in our total ignorance, but I’m starting to wonder if they really just were nicer in Malaysia.

At any rate, here is the Big Buddha Beach, where we stayed on Koh Samui:

Gulf of Thailand

It actually looks a little nicer in the picture than it looked in person… hmmm… maybe this is where I get my inflated expectations…And the view of the pool from our villa(!):

Room with a view

And one of the sunset with the misty hills in the background (Bangkok is so flat, we loved seeing hills again!):

Sunset

It was a lovely long weekend, but I’m not sure I would head back there again. Cheweng beach (the most touristy beach on the island) was such a disappointment – streets crowded with foreigners and all sorts of tacky mall-type shops up and down the strip. I’ve heard there are other beaches to check out on Samui, but I think I’ll have to make my rounds of the rest of the Thai islands before heading back…

Either way we had a fantastic time with Lisa, who managed to survive the trip unscathed despite serious warnings from the various health professionals she visited before flying out. I just love having our friends come to visit – it’s so fun to show them around and see our home through their eyes. It’s always sad to see them go, though.

Now our apartment feels so empty and quiet… Who’s coming for a visit next?

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