As our trip draws on and the days accumulate I see increasingly more similarities appear between us and the friends we made along the way who have been on the road for years and years, they now seem almost like mirrors of what we’ll become at the end of this trip – weather-beaten, precocious hippies who will utter clichés and endless platitudes unfazed.
Like when we left Seoul (in what seems like a lifetime ago), leaving Tantai Farm also meant saying goodbye to a small community we have built around us and once again the irony of “you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” is almost palpable. Yesterday we left after yet another delicious breakfast (I’m really gonna miss the food there!) and our host was so kind as to take us into town and even point us to the van that would take us out of Nakhon Ratchasima. With an awkward hug and a more awkward selfie we said our goodbyes. For the first time we had a hiccup-free arrival at a host and I would like to credit ourselves and how we’ve learned from our mistakes, but in truth it’s most probable that we owe our thanks to our host who made sure we started off right.
Our last days at Tantai included a game of cards, playing with the snappy puppy and watching millions of bats fly out of a cave:
You can only see the bats on the second picture if you look real close… so put on those glasses!
The vans here seem to be a popular form of alternative public transport and we travelled to Nakhon Nayok with a young soldier, a monk and a old lady with big bags filled with vegetables she was taking to the market to sell – she seemed to be very amused by us; two confused, white tourist trying to squeeze ourselves and our huge backpacks into the full van.
At this new farm (though saying farm is a great exaggeration), which is made mainly out of bamboo, we have been given our own bamboo bungalow – finally a bit of privacy! A bamboo house is obviously a cool and aesthetically pleasing alternative but, before you go ahead and cut down all the bamboo in your vicinity and build your own, there are also some disadvantages, which we already noticed after one day; mosquitoes and all other bugs and huge lizards have free access to the house as well! One particularly large lizard, that lives behind the kitchen counter managed, to scare the pants off Niamh last night when we were alone in the house, as the mother left to run a couple of errands but didn’t return before 4 hours or so later – this really brought back memories from Yangpyeong.
Today has been a chill day. Another WWOOF’er arrived this morning, but until the husband returns there is no real work for us. So, with only lending a helping hand to the youngest daughter with the aquaponics we have done the good deed of today. We also ‘bonded’ with the youngest daughter during a short walk up and down the road which took us by a big herd of deer. Later on we joined the host and her two daughters on a trip