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Vicky and I decided to change things up in 2014 (well, technically December 2013), by renting an apartment for 39 days. After two weeks trekking in Nepal, we decided it was time for some R&R and to catch up on some work. There were a lot of new projects we had planed to work on and we needed time to sort things out.
And since we’re going to be doing some work, why not do it by the beach, right?
We found a few apartments on airbnb that we liked, but ended up choosing one in Cha-am Thailand. Cha-am wasn’t our top choice but we liked the apartment and the price. It was also right by the beach with a private gym and pool and only 2 hours from Bangkok. All and all, we couldn’t complain.
There isn’t an awful lot to report on but life is definitely different waking up every morning in the same place. It’s a weird feeling to have the day to yourself. I mean, we haven’t been working a traditional job for over a year, but that doesn’t mean that our day isn’t usually filled with a long to do list. Finally, we would wake up whenever we wanted, and although there was definitely work to be done, there was a whole lot more flexibility about how we went about our day. On the third day I woke up with a feeling that it was time to pack my stuff and leave, only to realize that there were going to be 36 more days just like that.
One of my highlights was signing up to take Muay Thai classes at Chok Dee Gym . I trained one on one with an ex-muay thai fighter for 5 weeks. It was great learning some self defense and just getting some cardio after not having a gym membership for over a year. I might not be ready for the ring yet but I was pleasantly surprised to see how much improvement I made after only 5 weeks.
Vicky’s highlights were probably cooking. Ask anyone and they will tell you that eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner gets old after 15 months. Even though in Thailand it can be cheaper to eat out, Vicky and I still preferred to eat in most of the time. I will say though it wasn’t so nice to have to do the dishes.
For a long period of time we had a spare bedroom since it was a two bed room apartment. Finally, however, one of our friends came to visit and spent a week with us during Christmas. It was great to see some friends for the holidays.
New years was also really nice. Cha-am may not be Bangkok but they know how to throw a party, filled with fireworks, a concert, and floating lanterns, all right on the beach.
Having a routine and living stationary is a different style of life but I think it is one we are going to adopt going forward. We have already rented an apartment in Malaysia for a month and a half later this year and I suspect it will be very similar to what we have been enjoying here.