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Monday, December 05, 2005

Sunday Leeches in the Jungle

It’s three in the morning and I’m back on the platform above our treehouse in the canopy of the Thai jungle listening to the river and the symphony of cicadas and other creatures of the night. The waterfall hike yesterday turned out to be hot, muddy, and, to Annalise's horror, full of leeches. We had much drama finding three fat leeches attached to her legs at our lunch stop, but she survived. We didn’t actually see a waterfall but I swam in a beautiful clear pool in the river. There shouldn’t be leeches now as this supposed to be the dry season, but it is still raining here which is extremely unusual according to the locals. More climate change?

Today is the birthday of the king of Thailand and there are many festivities planned. Annalise has a refresher dive class and we’ll leave tonight for our four day dive trip to some of the best dive spots in the Andaman sea. More of a treat than our waterfall hike I trust.

We went for a dive this morning. After a lot of organising gear, driving and boating, the water was rough, my ear hurt, and I felt claustrophobic and sea sick. Sigh. I hope the dive trip is better.

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  • At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am reallyl glad you are having a great time on your trip...i hope you have a splendid time...


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