So after transferring in Bangkok, I finally set foot on foreign soil. Koh Samui thirteen years ago wasn’t the island it is today. It was still quite under-developed, though even today it’s still relatively serene compared to say, Phuket.
Samui airport was even more bare-bones then than it is now. I remember it just had a small roundabout circle for motorcycle cabs & songthaew’s (and the occasional normal taxi car) to pick-up passengers. Eventually I managed to find my way to the cheap end of the island not too far south of the airport. I don’t remember the exact cost, but it should have been around $10 USD/night. I know that because I do remember that the most expensive place during the trip was $18/night. My “hotel” in Samui was very bare bones, so I went to another hotel nearby for a couple drinks in the evening.
There was a talented gent playing guitar and singing, and come to think of it, that was my first time in a bar with live music. I took a picture, but it is too blurry to bother to post. I didn’t know I can’t handhold at 1/4 sec shutter speed, especially without IS 🙂
The real reason I wanted to have a few drinks was because I was SO damn excited to be traveling for the first time, there was no way I could fall asleep easily. So I ended up sleeping late, and waking up way too early in excitement – I was like a child in a candy store except the store was an entire country to be explored. But waking up early was truly a treat – I awoke to one of the most vivid, beautiful sunrises I have ever seen. A lucky first morning abroad.
This was VERY early in the morning, with the sun just starting to come up. With nothing else to do at this time of day, I just kept on shooting.
The funny thing is, I can’t even remember the name of the beach. I can’t remember the name of the place I stayed either. The Silver Sand from 2005 doesn’t exist anymore, so I can’t google maps. Great example of why its better to document life as it happens! Or take more pis/video…
I wasn’t just excited about traveling, I was excited about my brand new camera as well. I was taking pictures of literally everything that morning.
Regarding taking pictures, I now realize now how bad the original version of the 18-55mm kit lens was. I’m pretty sure it’s the worst lens ever made by a major camera brand – in the history of all photography. But still, combined with the larger sensor it blew my old point & shoot away.