Travel Journal: Fear and Loathing in Thailand

JOURNAL ENTRY # 3 – Koh Phangan “Iodine” Monday, 3rd of January, 2011

“Captain’s log: It is day 3, I think. I had a shower this morning with my crutches, it was a struggle! I actually fell over in the shower, I had to cover my foot in plastic bags and a I slipped and banged my head on the wall… not a great way to start the day! It’s my last day at Buritara in Koh Phangan, despite having a fucked foot I am still very happy to be here! All I can say is, Thailand is a beautiful country, full of happy and genuine people, while Koh Phangan is bathed in sunshine and a refreshing cool breeze. The island is covered in thick jungle and every time I see the mountain in the distance my eyes are fixated on it, it’s presence is paralysing! I have to go to the hospital today to get my wound cleaned, or else I could risk infection”

“At the clinic Z and I got our wounds cleaned. Forget what I said yesterday about the injection, this was the most hardcore pain imaginable. Luckily I get to look forward to this pain every day until I get my stitches out! When the nurse poured iodine on my cuts it reminded me of that scene in The Simpsons when Bart does chores for that old lady and cuts himself weeding, the old lady gets the bottle of iodine from the medicine cabinet, and then all you can see is her shadow pouring the stuff on Bart as he screams loudly! (I actually screamed ‘FUCK’ so loudly that I startled the nurse and everyone else in the room. The iodine was unlike any iodine before it, most iodine is a very watered down solution, but this stuff was 100%, it was thick like oil and jet black) Supposedly motorcycle accidents are so common on this island that the scars have become notoriously labelled as ‘Koh Phangan tattoos’. I was thinking about getting a tattoo while I was here, and I guess I got one! 1 page is not enough for a whole day, so I’ve decided from now on to try and fill the book for the whole two months, and just re date the pages.”

P.S: Always bring a first aid kid with you if you’re travelling. My brother bought me one before the trip, and I almost didn’t pack it as I thought it would be unnecessary weight (I packed very light), turns out it saved my foot from infection as I was the only one at the accident site with a first aid kit

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