So long Phuket...

My taxi will arrive in a few minutes, taking me the local port where I will board some sort of seaworthy vessel that will then get me (hopefully) to Ko Phi Phi. Phuket has been nice- a good start to the trip. I can't give it a huge recommendation, since i have been to both nicer and cheaper places. If you enjoy being surrounded by white (mostly) Euro-Tourists and like overpaying for food and drink then Phuket is definitely a must see. If you are anything like me and like a little more seclusion from TOURIST TOWN and like spending less money instead of more, then Phuket will not be high on your list. 

Either way, I have no real complaints, and the Ring of Fire World Tour has survived its' first stop. I still have moments, like this morning, when I need to just stop whatever I am doing to appreciate everything that is going on. It was only 6 months ago that I dreamed of this trip. I didn't quite know what it would be, or where it would take me- I was simply hoping that I would be healthy enough to do it. At the time I was in the middle of chemotherapy, feeling worse that I ever had in my entire life. I dreamed of beaches with endless sunshine, cheap food and drink, and scooter rides to be had. 

This morning, while drinking my iced cappuccino, reading Andy Greenwald's Game of Thrones recap (a must read if you like GOT and enjoy laughing). A song came on in my headphones that made me pause, look up, and be overwhelmingly filled with joy. It was Dangerous Connection by O.A.R. on their Live on Red Rocks Album. I have been known to get lyrics wrong in the past, but this is what I heard: 

Maybe this life is all I dreamed...
Maybe daylight won't ask me questions...
Maybe this life is all for me... 

To be living the dream I had months ago, while I felt as horrible as any point in my life, is incredible. I am cancer free, in Thailand, and life couldn't be better. 

The taxi has arrived. Ko Phi Phi is next. 

Below are pics from the final sunset in Phuket.