Getting my wings back.

by Annie on December 3, 2012

It’s been nearly one year since I’ve left Sydney. It almost hurts to say that.

Last time I took a day off work, without being stuffed up and curled up in my bed, was February 2012. I jumped on a 6am flight with L and my old college friend Eric {Prestbo as he was known to us} in tow. We skirted the streets of Melbourne in search of good food and culture. We hopped in a rental car and tried to pay enough attention to let Eric know when he was swerving into the right lane as we drifted down the Great Ocean Road. We found the most perfect, peaceful beach {our beach} off the highway in Kellett River, after walking next to a wild koala. We lived that roadtrip like we were a bunch of Uni kids heading down the Pacific Coast highway for summer.


Melbourne Australia

Melbourne Sunset.

Melboure, Australia - Great Ocean Road, 12 Apostles

The famous 12 Apostles.

Kellet River - Great Ocean Road - Melbourne, Australia

Kellet River Beach.

But that was almost a year ago.

This is the longest I’ve gone without my wings since I got on that big jumbo jet headed to Sydney in 2009.

So, what did I do? I worked for nearly a year with no holidays and then, naturally, I booked two flights at rapid fire pace.

I’m heading home in less than 2 weeks to see my family and friends in Los Angeles {city never sleeps, does it?} and Seattle. I’m in for the weather shock of my life seeing as it’s been in the 90s here and humid beyond believe, while the possibility of snow in Seattle is… interesting. Who would leave the summer for the winter? A crazy lady. Albeit, a crazy lady who hasn’t seen her friends and family in a year and a half.

Naturally, I then immediately booked a flight to Thailand to celebrate my birthday with Jenn, it is my 26th after all. Big things.

I’m mostly looking forward to parties in L.A. and jeans and boots that don’t cost half of my paycheck. My crazy life-loving friends. Seeing my friends Anna and Kevin and celebrating their recent engagement in person over beers in their new brewery and hanging out in the new living rooms and decks of all my friends who are growing up so fast!

I want as many pumpkin spice lattes as I can physically ingest in a day, everyday. I want to walk Pike Place Market and maybe even pick up some quirky gifts to bring home to Sydney and hang on my walls to remind me of home.

Souvenir mugs at the original Starbucks, Pike Place Market, Seattle

Photo Credit: TheSeafarer

Of course I can’t wait to see my family. We’ll just be missing my brother and sister-in-law who are in Honduras for the year. Good samaritans.


Now, Thailand.

That’s where you guys come in.

The plan is that after an overnight in Singapore {read: shopping} we’ll land in Bangkok for a night and spend most of the second day there.

Then we’re off to the west coast: Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta and Krabi. We don’t know if we can pack them all in so, tell me, what are your favorites? Where should we stay? Great hostels/guest houses? Best places to eat and party?

I’m looking forward to a lot of this.

Photo Credit: Dave in Thailand 
I know there are lots of you out there who’ve spent extended amounts of time in Thailand, so your suggestions are welcome! We are only there for 10 days unfortunately so we can’t see it all but we want to get the most out of what we can see!

Cheers guys and until next time.

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  • purplekat99

    Don’t worry, it’s not that cold in LA. Chilly (but not cold) nights, and I have been in short sleeves to walk my dog every single day at lunch since like June (June gloom, you know). WHEN IS WINTER GOING TO GET HERE ALREADY?!?!??! Sorry, I love winter. Rant for another day and another blog (mine:-)).

    Hope you have a great trip!!!!

  • James

    Have fun in Thailand Annie and thanks for the mention. At Christmas we will be in Guatemala missing you guys. Maybe we can try to Skype around that time let me know what you think.

  • Andi Perullo de Ledesma

    What awesome trips to look forward to!!! I was just in Thailand. We were on the island of Koh Mak. Gorgeous!

  • Ayngelina

    Ooh when you plan trips you go big! I can’t say much about Thailand but I adore Seattle and want to go back really soon. I didn’t get a chance to do it but visit Salumi, Mario Batali’s father owns it and apparently it is amazing. Then take photos of everything and send to me!

  • Jaime

    EEeeee how exciting to get back on the road again! As for Thailand… I was going to spend 2 weeks island hoping, but got stuck in Koh Toa. Yup I arrived and spent 15 days on that one island and never got tired of it. It’s one of my favorite islands in the world. It has so many amazing beaches and the night life is great. You party by night & recover by day at a different beach each day. Oh you must go… I have tons of photos of it on my blog if you need them to persuade you.

    Enjoy your whole trip.

  • Erica

    Yay!! How exciting! I just came back to Seattle after being away for a year so I (kind of) know how you feel :) Also, kind of strange reading a name I’ve heard before. Small world. PS- it’s freezing here. Bring warm jackets. Layer ALL OF THEM.

    I’ve actually been to Phuket, where I people watched and found a nice little night market so I can’t give you many tips there. Also Koh Lanta, where there was this really nice restaurant in a resort that would pick you up from anywhere on the island if you made reseravations… I don’t remember the name of it, but the individual huts for rooms and amazing river looking pool definitely made me wish we were staying there. Regardless, I’m sure that you’ll have a great time. I met some really awesome people on that little island :) Just remember to take some meds if you get sea sick easily.

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