So I've had 2 nights of boozing on my first beach of the trip - Tonsai (Ton Sai). Although it's on the mainland it feels like an island and I heard a few people call it 'the island' while I was there. The only way to get there is by longtail boat, which is almost a great way to travel. I say 'almost' because the big diesel engines they use for them are incredibly noisy, but I find that you tune it out after a few minutes once you're distracted by the stunning scenery. It's these limestone rock formations that have drawn a huge crowd of rock climbers to Ton Sai, and it's climbing that is really the basis of this beach's existence (incidentally, sorry the pictures are a bit crap, it's just from my phone and I couldn't be bothered to sort them in photoshop). It's only 1 beach away from Railay beach, which is a much more developed resort. I rented a kayak and went on an ATM run one day and was amazed at the difference. In many ways, Tonsai is a bit shoddy, dirty, down at heels but with loads of character (and 'characters') and Railay is just like wandering into a Disneyland version of Thailand - really clean and lovely and expensive, but not much like any Thai town I've ever seen. Prices are at least triple over here and the brick built bungalows looked very very nice. I guess I could actually afford to stay in places like that, but somehow I just can't bear to spend huge amounts of money when I don't need to. I like a simple wooden bungalow with a fan, cheap booze, a bunch of lone travellers who're quite happy to chat and some girls to look at. I have simple tastes.
I spent another night on the guitar the night before last, I met a Swedish girl Marie who was a singer, so we sat on the beach and sang (of all things...) Anthony and the Johnsons, which I love. Apparently his Stockholm gig was sold out in minutes, who would have guessed? Although, I suppose there is that winter depression thing in Sweden, I can imagine them all sitting in dark bars crying and singing 'I hope there's someone who'll take care of me, when I die'.
The one thing I discovered from my few nights on the beach is, I will find any number of distractions to avoid writing my book. I managed to write 2 new songs (which I'm really happy with) in the 2 days I was in Tonsai. I think that because writing songs is something I'm NOT meant to be doing (in my alloted writing time) that it feels MUCH more fun than it does normally. The problem is that each of my new songs are about specific girls, so if I'm going to play them anywhere I'm going to have to explain that some bits of the song are not true, just added under the terms of my artistic licence. When I think about it, all the songs that I've written have a specific girl at the heart of them...maybe that's normal though?
Top Ten Distractions from Writing my Novel
2. Boys (just in the talking to them way...)
3. Playing my Guitar
5. Writing Songs
6. Obsessing over weight and how much food I consume a day (I have only 2 meals now, in preparation for the retreat)
7. Writing this Blog
8. Insomnia (not as bad at the moment)
9. Obsession with running out of time to write the book and coming home with not a lot
10. Treating the 48 (and counting...) mosquito bites that continually itch
Next blog entry will be after my 10 day meditation retreat. 10 days of silence, no reading, no writing, no music, no booze, no meat, yoga and meditation all day, concrete shelf with a thin mat as a mattress and more insects, snakes, scorpions and stining centipedes than you can imagine. It'll be great. No really, it will.