Day 24: #colonialism

The car journey today was a long one, and it took nearly 3 hours to get from beautiful Krabi to Phuket old town. Happily, the driver seemed to have very good taste in music. As DJ, he played a mixture of classic dance tracks, pop songs, and even some (quite good) country music. He didn’t speak much English, but he could tell we enjoyed it. Whilst the cab may have been an expensive way to get there, we found it really relaxing, because we could look at the amazing views whizzing past our windows. The rainforest and the rock formations reminded me of a Tomb Raider level set in Thailand, and I look forward to playing that when I get home.

We arrived at our hotel, the Casa Blanca, which is based in an old Portuguese colonial building. I am fully aware that there is no justification for Empire, and that it was abhorrent for the native peoples. But it was a very lovely building, and it felt like a little home, since we had our own front garden. The beds were wide and comfortable, so we struggled to get out of them every morning. The whole place was very quaint and cute. Plus, it was right in the centre of the old town, so we didn’t have to brave Thai public transport – not until the next day, anyway.

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Phuket old town is quite similar to Georgetown in Penang, with lots of colourful colonial buildings, mixed in with modern concrete blocks. There’s lots of cafes, restaurants, and hostels about. Great for me, since I was planning on finding myself a nice Australian bloke, or something like that. Other than that, I can’t think of much to say about it, only that it’s a good place for exploring the rest of the island.

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We went back to our hotel, and I got my degree results one day earlier. It’s a good thing, since I would have had a meltdown if I discovered my results at the same time Brexit happened. I got a 2:1, but recent events have left me wondering if my degree (or my savings, for that matter) will be worth anything when I get back.


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