One In Four Thousand

by Brenna Holeman
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Si Phan Don, Laos

My time on the Gili Islands so far has been a lot like the time I spent in Si Phan Don – otherwise known as the 4000 Islands. We wake up to watch the sunrise, then head back to bed for a few hours, getting up again in time for a greasy omelet and coffee breakfast. We take a quick cold shower, then head to the beach. We lie there for a while, perhaps we skip some stones or make castles in the sand. We lunch in a little organic cafe. We hire bicycles to wheel us around the island, following the coast the entire way, stopping only to drink a fresh coconut or pineapple juice. We head back to the beach to finish up yet another novel. We meander back to the hotel room, have another cold shower, put on our best clothes (the best meaning the least wrinkled from our backpacks). We walk back along the water, searching for happy hour deals and barbecued fish. We sit by the crashing waves, drinking arak out of water bottles, marvelling at the stars and the swells of the ocean and the fortune in our lives. We retire to bed, eager to start it all again, eager to experience another day in this peaceful place.

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Christine loves to Travel July 19, 2011 - 3:57 pm

I love your sunset photo! Looks amazing!!!

Cherry July 19, 2011 - 4:41 pm

Bliss. 🙂

Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life In...Fiji July 19, 2011 - 7:47 pm

What a gorgeous description. I’m a new follower…It sounds a bit like my life in Fiji at the moment! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

Anonymous July 22, 2011 - 1:52 pm

sounds ABSOLUTELY perfect…and just the perfect sort of peace where time and life go gently hand in hand…love it!!! take care!


This Battered Suitcase July 24, 2011 - 4:56 am

Thank you so much, everyone! I really appreciate your comments.

Jennifer August 18, 2011 - 1:47 pm

Goes without saying that your pix and description make me want to go there NOW. Plus the hangover breakfast cracked me up. Love it!

This Battered Suitcase August 25, 2011 - 8:00 am

Thanks Jennifer! Thankfully I never had a hangover bad enough to warrant ordering that breakfast…


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