When I found out my university housemate from 4037 Locust Katie and her family were going to be in Thailand on a family vacation, we made sure our itinerary had us there at the same time. After graduating from UPenn, we all went our separate ways – Katie now lives in Washington DC working for NBC, so we only see each other once a year or so. Her family invited us to stay with them at the beautiful Marriot Resort, complete with the longest swimming pool in Asia! Our two days here were true bliss. We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast buffet satisfying our Western food cravings of the last two months (feta cheese, olives, sushi, smoked salmon, capers, eggs benedict… the list goes on), watching the waves lap onto the shore from beach loungers while alternating between the Economist and In Style magazines, enjoying a Thai massage on the beach, and biking to a local waterfall. The true highlight of course wasn’t the resort or the food, but spending time with the lovely Chomiak family.
Over Thai food for New Year’s Eve dinner at a hut on the beach, we all reflected on our resolutions for 2012. Thinking about our objectives for the New Year also inspired us to think about our conclusions from travel. Something that Claudia and I have found that Anne of Green Gables puts so nicely (free download on iBooks!):
“Kindred spirits are not so scant as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”
At the end of the night, we released large lanterns for good luck, the fireworks sparking as they rose into the atmosphere, sipped on champagne while watching a fire show and fireworks. We were a bit misty saying goodbye, but new adventures beckoned!