Thoughts on 50 in Koh Lanta
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KOH LANTA - Happy lunar new year - the year of the tiger is upon us 🐯.
This week I celebrated my 50th birthday on the beach, which is where I tend to spend my birthdays these days. This half-ton milestone (as they say in the cricket) now allows me to apply for a retirement visa in Thailand. On the one hand, I’m offended that I’m now considered at an age of retirement. On the other hand, I’m like, hmm a one year visa you say 🤔. Then I remember that I’m a nomad and when am I ever going to spend a year in a country (apart from the recent year in Vietnam due to the pandemic).
Koh Lanta turned out to be a great choice to see in this milestone, even though I wasn’t planning to be here up until about two weeks ago. I was waiting to see what happens in Laos, but they have just announced their convoluted reopening, so I will wait for another time. Looks like I will be staying in Thailand a while longer.
[Koh Lanta, 50 on 2/2/22 @nomadicnotes]
Assorted travel reads
My friend Jodi from Legal Nomads wrote this article for CNN about how a medical procedure gone wrong changed her life in an instant.
“Photographer Sarang Naik is reintroducing his hometown to its rich biodiversity, from glowing corals to dazzling sea slugs.”
“The Ipogeo dei Cristallini’s well-preserved tombs will open to the public as soon as summer 2022.”
“Mass tourism may have ended with the Covid-19 pandemic, but Chinese independent travellers are making the most of Southeast Asia with no thoughts of going home.”
“Mid-career sabbaticals have tripled over the past four years—and the gap year is losing its stigma.”
• I’m drawn to lighthouses, even if they are meant to keep you away (or ships at least)…
• Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang looking great for the Lunar New Year. I’ve spent a few Lunar New Years in Penang (the last being in January 2020), and I miss it.
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