A Deep Breath

by Lindsay Shapka in


Thai Dock at Sunset                Koh Samui, Thailand

My flight out of Bangkok was delayed five hours…. FIVE HOURS, and no one could tell me why or get me on a different flight. All they would do was smile apologetically and point me towards the airport Starbucks.

The caffeine did nothing to help me relax. 

When I finally flew into Koh Samui, an island off the southeast coast of Thailand, I had only a few minutes to get to the main dock and catch the last ferry of the day to my final destination, a nearby island called Koh Phangan.

Hoping that the ferry would be running late aka on 'Thai Time',  I grabbed a cab and tried to communicate to the driver, in a mixture of hand signals and broken Thai, that I needed him to drive fast. After a bumpy ride over an unpaved, potholed road, my taxi pulled up to the dock just as the last ferry was pulling away.

Disappointed, frustrated and sweating, I sank to the ground under the weight of my overpacked bags and was about to have a complete breakdown, when I looked up and for the first time really saw where I was.

It was quiet. The sun was setting.  The water was gently lapping the shore, and it smelled like summer.

I took a long, deep breath, wiped the sweat off my forehead and smiled for the first time all day. 

I was in Thailand.