. c r a z y . b e a u t i f u l . k o h t a o .

Leaving Koh Tao is bitter sweet. I am sad to be leaving this beautiful paradise where I have had some excellent experiences, made some wonderful friends and also learnt so much about myself. However, as the saying goes “Where one door closes, another will open.” and I believe it is quite an important motto to live by when on the road. Keep your heart open to possibility and you never know where it might take you. And let’s be honest, as anyone who has stayed on Koh Tao before will know, I’ll be back, the door is never closed, I’ll just be exploring another room (or two or three) for a while.hannah underwater

Whilst here on the island I’ve been lucky enough to get a few more dives under my belt. I love diving! I love the breath awareness, the weightlessness, the flow and of course, the whole under water world. I find diving to be a wonderful form of meditation. I chose to dive with Mojo Divers and I’m so pleased I did. The crew there are like a family, perhaps a slightly crazy family but a happy, fun and knowledgable one. Mojo Divers has been my introduction into the diving world and now I’m hooked. I want to dive everywhere! Simon and I are travelling to Ios in Greece next where I will be doing my Dive Master Training (DMT). For so many years I have been searching for my passion and, outside of life, I think diving might be it….. But I’ll get back to you about that after I’ve at least completed my DMT and hopefully I wasn’t speaking too soon. I would like to thank every one at Mojo Divers for your knowledge, kindness and friendship. You have been an excellent introduction into the diving world.

For me, Koh Tao is an island where I instantly felt at home. I love the heat and the humidity, the diving and the parties, the relaxed atmosphere and the food and I particularly like the type of people that this island attracts. As we all know, travelling is good for the soul, it feeds our imagination, dreams and sense of self. I believe that as travelers we allow ourselves to be the person not only that we want to be, but who we truly are. We allow ourselves to let go of all the bullshit that we carry when we are slogging away at the daily grind, which creates a contagious happiness.
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Simon had a busy gigging schedule playing nearly seven nights a week. Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s he played at Choppers for the Koh Tao Pub Crawl nights and you could find him at Fishbowl nearly every other night. For anyone who hasn’t experienced a Koh Tao Pub Crawl they are raucous and sweaty events. I have never actually participated in a Pub Crawl because I am always at Simon’s gig but from what I understand this is how the night plays out: It starts at Choppers at 8pm where each participant receives a T-shirt and a bucket of cheap alcohol, from there the hoard of humans who are still getting to know each other spill out onto the street and head off down the road, still sober I might add. They visit a pool party, the Queens Cabaret (which is exactly what you think it is) and then back to Choppers for the live music part of their night.

Simon and Casey onstage at Choppers for Koh Tao Pub Crawl
Simon and Casey onstage at Choppers for Koh Tao Pub Crawl

Now I understand that my explanation of it so far makes it seem relatively tame, however I didn’t include the number of buckets, shots, free shots and drinks that each person has probably consumed by the time they stumble, bump and grind their way back into choppers. Man, do pub crawlers know how to party! As an avid people watcher this is possibly my favourite part of the night. I like to find myself a seat overlooking the crowd and observe. The energy of the room is almost feverish, the atmosphere is thick with expectation, pheromones bounce off the walls, it is hot, it is sweaty and everyone is having the time of their life. By the time the Pub Crawlers stumble out of Choppers and onto their final party destination for the night Simon has been playing for over an hour. He is completely exhausted. I’m becoming quite the roadie/pa and I try to always have a beer and a water with electrolytes ready because the golden rule is always “one beer, one water.”

It hasn’t been all diving and parties. We’ve had some chill days (ok, quite a few of those), we’ve been snorkeling and swimming, we’ve enjoyed adventure days where we explored the island via scooter with old and new friends and we’ve eaten well, really well! thailand sunset

I would like to thank everyone who I met and signed up to this letterbox at Simon’s gigs. Thank you for your words of encouragement, your travel hints and tips, your appreciation of music and for sharing in this #looptheworld adventure with us. I am genuinely excited to find you all again in different parts of the world. If you do have any requests or recommendations of places we should visit then please do get in touch, we would love to hear from you and will definitely make a special effort to visit you in your country where we can.

The beautiful Sofi who travels the world living life to the fullest and me.
The beautiful Sofi who travels the world living life to the fullest and me.

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