koh mak: day six

Koh Mak, Thailand

Today I felt the softening. It takes a few days to unkink when you’re on holiday. You hang onto stress that’s accrued over the year like a coat in a party where you don’t know anyone and coat in hand means you can make a quick getaway. When you haven’t let go, the heat gets to you, or the tourists cluster like sandflies, or you might find that the island’s too quiet, maybe you should have picked a more raucous island like Koh Chang. Chilling out is like sloughing off calluses. You find, after a few days, your pace slows, you smile, you start asking people what day it is, you hum, your mind goes off on long walks, when you chat with strangers you find yourself lost in midsentence–

read Koh Mak: day five

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  1. I do enjoy reading about your tra… 😛

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  2. And by the end of the ten-day vacation, you’ll feel the need for hardening all over again?

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