Trip Recap: One-Way Ticket to Thailand

December 11, 2013

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Walking the city on my first day in Bangkok.

So thrilled to be in Asia, eating my first meal of I don't know what that only cost me a dollar.
So thrilled to be in Asia, eating my first meal of I don’t know what that only cost me a dollar.
After meeting the Irish on my first day I decided to head down to the islands to meet up with them for the full moon party.
After meeting the Irish on my first day I decided to head down to the islands to meet up with them for the full moon party.
First I would head down to Koh Samui where I would spend a few days exploring on my own.
First I would head down to Koh Samui where I would spend a few days exploring on my own.
Getting on my first bus in Asia, and in Typical Thai fashion, it was 2 hours late.
Getting on my first bus in Asia, and in Typical Thai fashion, it was 2 hours late.
One of the craziest experiences. Driving a motor bike on Koh Samui, playing chicken with cars and driving on the opposite side of the road for the first time.
One of the craziest experiences. Driving a motor bike on Koh Samui, playing chicken with cars and driving on the opposite side of the road for the first time.

 

The pretty side of the island
The pretty side of the island

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I can't believe how tan I was. Enjoying the water after motor biking Koh Samui
I can’t believe how tan I was. Enjoying the water after motor biking Koh Samui

 

Although it rained and was too cloudy to see many fish, we still had a blast in the warm water looking silly in our snorkeling masks
Although it rained and was too cloudy to see many fish, we still had a blast in the warm water looking silly in our snorkeling masks

 

Having a blast jumping off the boat before returning home from out day at the Ang Thong national park
Having a blast jumping off the boat before returning home from out day at the Ang Thong national park

 

Kayaking through the caves of the Ang Thong national park
Kayaking through the caves of the Ang Thong national park
Probably one of my favorite memories of this trip, sitting around on the porch of our bungalow in Koh Pangange playing music, singing along and chatting while we drink.
Probably one of my favorite memories of this trip, sitting around on the porch of our bungalow in Koh Pangange playing music, singing along and chatting while we drink.
One of the many pictures from the Full Moon Party. Its hard to see but the beach is PACKED with people in neon.
One of the many pictures from the Full Moon Party. Its hard to see but the beach is PACKED with people in neon.
Just incase I forgot where I was staying
Just incase I forgot where I was staying
My ginger friend.
My ginger friend.
After leaving Koh Tao we took a boat from hell and headed down to Malaysia
After leaving Koh Tao we took a boat from hell and headed down to Malaysia
Our Coffin ship from hell, thank god for sleeping pills
Our Coffin ship from hell, thank god for sleeping pills
Riding up to the top of Penange hill
Riding up to the top of Penange hill
Beautiful view atop Penage hill
Beautiful view atop Penage hill
Not quite sure what we are doing
Not quite sure what we are doing
Eating Brian! Mmm!
Eating Brian! Mmm!
The Irish weren't keen on the brain
The Irish weren’t keen on the brain
Thrift shop montage! Im gonna pop some tags
Thrift shop montage! Im gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I I Im huntin, looking for a come up
I I Im huntin, looking for a come up
This is fucking awesome.
This is fucking awesome.
Mary sue even got in on the thrift shopping action. (mary Sue is my southern alter ego that comes out to play when Ive had a few drinks)
Mary sue even got in on the thrift shopping action. (mary Sue is my southern alter ego that comes out to play when Ive had a few drinks)
Totes adorbs.
Totes adorbs.
awww
awww
Twin Towers in KL
Twin Towers in KL
OMG tall buildings!!!
OMG tall buildings!!!
delicious food street in Malaysia
delicious food street in Malaysia
Dinking bags of orange cool-aid on the street is cool in KL
Dinking bags of orange cool-aid on the street is cool in KL
If you can guess...
If you can guess…
...Not much of this night was remembered
…Not much of this night was remembered
The reason why not much of the night was remembered
The reason why not much of the night was remembered
Apparently when I have too much to drink I also start directing traffic... Thank you Disneyland guest control
Apparently when I have too much to drink I also start directing traffic… Thank you Disneyland guest control
Dont mess with us.
Dont mess with us.
Monkeys!!!!!!
Monkeys!!!!!!
What Dengue looks like my friends.  We were all so sick for about a week after the Irish left, luckily we had some nice couch surfing hosts that let us be diseased on their couch.
What Dengue looks like my friends. We were all so sick for about a week after the Irish left, luckily we had some nice couch surfing hosts that let us be diseased on their couch.
After the Irish left Sarah, Niki and I decided to head to the islands
After the Irish left Sarah, Niki and I decided to head to the islands
And have a little drink to  help the sting of loosing our friends
And have a little drink to help the sting of loosing our friends
Waterfalls in Malaysia
Waterfalls in Malaysia
Beautiful sunset after a day of hiking
Beautiful sunset after a day of hiking
A little Skype fun with the Irish before we ear back to Thailand to work on Koh Phi Phi
A little Skype fun with the Irish before we ear back to Thailand to work on Koh Phi Phi

I arrived in Bangkok and  made my way down to the Islands after meeting a lovely group of Irish people.

Our little refugee camp on Phi Phi, not bad for 4 dollars a night
Our little refugee camp on Phi Phi, not bad for 4 dollars a night
Niki had a friend that she wasn't too keen on sharing her bed with
Niki had a friend that she wasn’t too keen on sharing her bed with
Getting read for our first night of promoting on Phi Phi
Getting read for our first night of promoting on Phi Phi
Pete was there too
Pete was there too
Playing in the sun after a long nights work
Playing in the sun after a long nights work
The bay on Koh Phi Phi had the strangest tides I had ever seen
The bay on Koh Phi Phi had the strangest tides I had ever seen

 

After Phi Phi Sarah and I headed to Bangkok to meet up with her sister. We got bracelets made
After Phi Phi Sarah and I headed to Bangkok to meet up with her sister. We got bracelets made
Gotta have that PMA (positive mental attitude)
Gotta have that PMA (positive mental attitude)
Getting caught in the rain
Getting caught in the rain
MMMMMMMmmmm Street Pad Thai
MMMMMMMmmmm Street Pad Thai
Kings Palace
Kings Palace
Such a beautiful view from the top of the sky bar in Bangkok. It is the same one from the Hangover 2.  Drinks are really expensive, but if you look nice you can still go up and have a look around
Such a beautiful view from the top of the sky bar in Bangkok. It is the same one from the Hangover 2. Drinks are really expensive, but if you look nice you can still go up and have a look around
Getting classy for the Sky bar in Bangkok
Getting classy for the Sky bar in Bangkok

 

After flying from Bangkok to Penang in Malaysia and meeting up with Niki again, Sarah and I decided to go to Singapore while Niki headed back up to work on Phi Phi
After flying from Bangkok to Penang in Malaysia and meeting up with Niki again, Sarah and I decided to go to Singapore while Niki headed back up to work on Phi Phi

 

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Exploring the gardens by the bay in Singapore
Exploring the gardens by the bay in Singapore
Singapore is definitely a cool city
Singapore is definitely a cool city
Me being totes awkward while some Asian girls try to take cute pictures behind me
Me being totes awkward while some Asian girls try to take cute pictures behind me
China town!
China town!

 

After Singapore Sarah and I headed back up to KL to catch a flight to Istanbul. After a crazy 18 hour layover in Saudi Arabia where we had our passports confiscated, we finally made it it Turkey.
After Singapore Sarah and I headed back up to KL to catch a flight to Istanbul. After a crazy 18 hour layover in Saudi Arabia where we had our passports confiscated, we finally made it it Turkey.

 

We couch surfed the whole time we were in Istanbul, this is the view from our hosts apartment.
We couch surfed the whole time we were in Istanbul, this is the view from our hosts apartment.
Our time in Istanbul was crazy. We got one someones couch with this gorgeous view, and we even got caught up in the riots and got pepper sprayed
Our time in Istanbul was crazy. We got one someones couch with this gorgeous view, and we even got caught up in the riots and got pepper sprayed
Istanbul is so beautiful
Istanbul is so beautiful
I absolutely LOVE Turkish breakfasts
I absolutely LOVE Turkish breakfasts
More good food!
More good food!
Taking a boat from Asia to Europe everyday, you know, no big deal.
Taking a boat from Asia to Europe everyday, you know, no big deal.
Baklava, my new found love
Baklava, my new found love
Inside Haig Sophia
Inside Haig Sophia
View of Haig Sophia from the Blue Mosque
View of Haig Sophia from the Blue Mosque
Outside the Blue Mosque
Outside the Blue Mosque
Inside the Blue Mosque
Inside the Blue Mosque

 

After saying goodbye to Sarah I flew to Budapest where I had a three day layover.  Budapest is the first place I ever traveled outside the US and I lived there for 2 months. It will always have a special place in my heart.
After saying goodbye to Sarah I flew to Budapest where I had a three day layover. Budapest is the first place I ever traveled outside the US and I lived there for 2 months. It will always have a special place in my heart.
Taking advantage of the downtime I had in BP I got to go to the Turkish Baths, something I wasn't able to do last time I was here. It was absolutely fabulous.
Taking advantage of the downtime I had in BP I got to go to the Turkish Baths, something I wasn’t able to do last time I was here. It was absolutely fabulous.

 

Finally after 6 weeks of Skype calls everyday and talking non-stop, I made it to Ireland to give a relationship with Alan a real chance.  The day I got there he asked me to officially be his girlfriend, I couldn't have been happier.
Finally after 6 weeks of Skype calls everyday and talking non-stop, I made it to Ireland to give a relationship with Alan a real chance. The day I got there he asked me to officially be his girlfriend, I couldn’t have been happier.

 

At the plowing championships... only in Ireland is there a queue for free tea.
At the plowing championships… only in Ireland is there a queue for free tea.
Cheering my man on at the Heineken pulling competition in Dublin
Cheering my man on at the Heineken pulling competition in Dublin

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Triners for winners... Alan and I at Trinity College
Triners for winners… Alan and I at Trinity College
St. James Gate
St. James Gate

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Alan's Roommates surpassed me with a cake for my 24th birthday
Alan’s Roommates surpassed me with a cake for my 24th birthday
Halloween house party in Dundalk... Alan looks freaky
Halloween house party in Dundalk… Alan looks freaky
Halloween party at swans
Halloween party at swans
Alcohol was definitely involved
Alcohol was definitely involved
Cut off over 12 inches of hair... needed a bit of a change
Cut off over 12 inches of hair… needed a bit of a change
Fun night out at Swans, the pub Alan works in
Fun night out at Swans, the pub Alan works in
Being goofy in Carlingford
Being goofy in Carlingford
Weekday getaway to Carlinford to see the coast and get some good food.
Weekday getaway to Carlinford to see the coast and get some good food.
I absolutely love the seafood chowder in Ireland
I absolutely love the seafood chowder in Ireland
Beautiful sunrise we caught one morning while driving up to Dundalk
Beautiful sunrise we caught one morning while driving up to Dundalk
Picture taken on a walk through Alan's cousins fields right before it rained
Picture taken on a walk through Alan’s cousins fields right before it rained
Alans family surprised me with thanksgiving dinner
Alans family surprised me with thanksgiving dinner
It has been so nice staying with Alans family.  They are so wonderful.
It has been so nice staying with Alans family. They are so wonderful.

 

Alan took me to Belfast for my birthday. We had such a wonderful little romantic weekend away
Alan took me to Belfast for my birthday. We had such a wonderful little romantic weekend away

 

We went up to Belfast for the weekend of my birthday. I was such a nice getaway
We went up to Belfast for the weekend of my birthday. I was such a nice getaway
Me being goofy with red phone boxes in northern Ireland
Me being goofy with red phone boxes in northern Ireland
Aww isn't he handsome
Aww isn’t he handsome
Giants causeway
Giants causeway

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Love this kid.
Love this kid.

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Me being trifled of hight on a rope bridge that goes across two cliffs
Me being trifled of hight on a rope bridge that goes across two cliffs
Alan and me at the Titanic museum in Belfast
Alan and me at the Titanic museum in Belfast

 

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