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Bull Shark

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Ok, you guys aren't going to believe me on this one. Shawn and I decided to stay 2 more days on the island of Koh Tao. We heard there might be sharks on the next early morning dive. We got up at 7:00 a.m. to a site northwest of the island called Chumpon Pinnacle. About 10 minutes after being underwater we saw a bull shark 2 meters long swimming away from the reef. All the divers in our group stopped and stared until we couldn't see it anymore. Our divermaster did a little jig underwater in honor of our sighting. It's hard to laugh underwater. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen in my life.

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Koh Tao

S'really hot

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I have a new love. Sorry Shawn. Scuba diving has made it's way into my life. It's exactly like watching the National Geographic's Under the Sea. Shawn and I went on our free fun dive this morning. we saw trigger fish, baracudas, stingrays, angelfish, Dori's and clown fish rubbing around in their anemones. So I take that back, it's like Finding Nemo in real life.

I think I've seen some of the most gorgeous sunsets of my life that no camera could do justice. The island is starting to get a little quiet as Koh Tao moves into their monsoon season. But there's still plenty of bass from the bars on the beaches making it's way into your window at midnight. I'll be sad to leave Koh Tao because the diving and people are so much fun. Can't say there are many nationalities we don't get along with. The Thai, Burmese, Irish, English, Scotish, Dutch, German, Swiss German, Australian, and yes even one frenchman named Fred was pretty cool. Next we're off to Ko Phang-Nga, Krabi, Railay and Ko Phi Phi.
It's inspiring to meet girls travelling alone... ;-)

Happy Birthday Emily!

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This island life

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Hey everyone, Yes we are still alive. We have been on Koh Tao for the last week or so. A small little island with loads of beautiful beaches. Alyson did her Open Water scuba diving course and then I joined her and we did the Advanced Open Water course together. It's easy living here and easy to get sucked into. We've enjoyed some amazing sunsets, met some wonderful friends, ate a ton of fresh food right on the beach, watched fire twirlers etc. The weather has been great all in all. The only day we've really had rain was the day we came in on ther ferry. Other than that beautiful. We have some photos, but I need to recharge my battery on my camera to upload them. We went to do a bit of bouldering yesterday, but it was quite overgrown in the jungle with some scary spiders and things. We may try again today there are some boulders right on the beach when the tide goes out. Closer to a cold beer that way too. Not too much else to talk about as our days have been more relaxing than exciting, other than the diving. As always, hope everyone is well. We will try and upload some photos soon.

Shawn

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The photos I promised

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I think I figured this out. The internet here is painfully slow, so this is all I could do for now. We are back in Bangkok for a few days and then heading to the beach and sun tomorrow. Hope everyone is well. Enjoy the pics.IMG_1700.jpg

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Sorry for the tilted photos, haven't figured out how to rotate them yet. Till next time

Shawn

Posted by tetonshawn 12:15 Archived in Thailand Tagged photography Comments (4)

Motorcycle gang

I haven't been intentionally ignoring everyone, so I apologize that it's been so long since I've left before my first post. I tried 3 times in Bangkok to upload some photos but it crashed each time. So this time just a quick post and then when I get to another computer I'll try and upload some photos.

Bangkok was brilliantly hectic as always. We saw a few main sights and then headed to a tiny town called Nang Rong. We are staying at a little guest house called the P. California which has been great. Khun Wicha the owner has been a very generous host and has a wealth of knowledge about the area. We rented motorbikes and spent the last 2 days touring around, checking out some ancient ruins atop extinct volcanoes. Even just riding through the countryside has been beautiful. Open rice fields and the quiet local life. We have not seen any other tourists and very little English is spoken. Just the way I like it. =)

It was Alysons first time on a scooter and she did great. Even though I took a wrong turn to Phanom Rung and went up the steepest way.

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