Archive: Dec 2015

Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays

This post is about Hamilton Island, but first I want to talk about by travel buddy R and how we met.

Small insignificant moments can often make the biggest difference. In 2003 I was mid-way through my first year at university and not overly enjoying myself. My dorm-mates were a bunch of stoners, choosing to sit around smoking weed rather than socializing or experiencing Bristol. The one good friend I did have was a girl called Sarah, and she ended up dating one of the stoners, so I soon lost her to the black void of lethargy that marijuana seems to create.

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Byron, the first few days

Byron is exactly what I needed.

It’s 10.30pm on a Sunday night and I’m sat on the deck of a beautiful beach house. I can hear the waves rolling against the sand just beyond the trees and nothing else. I was locking up the house at the end of day three in Byron with the intention of going to bed, but when I walked out onto the decking I took a deep breath of fresh sea air and felt an overwhelming desire to keep this little dream going a bit longer, so I sat down to write.

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Gonorrhea, drugging your boyfriend and cruising

Let’s leave talk of gonorrhea till later. It’s far too early in the morning.

Sydney, that’s my first stop on this Christmas adventure, and that’s pretty much all I know. Work in Hong Kong has been pretty crazy in the run up to holidays. Everyone wants desperately to have a Christmas where they don’t read work emails or take a work call. Because of this the office is a frantic flurry of activity, stress, deadlines and meetings. I actually found myself in a meeting about how many meetings we are having. Seriously.

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The Chinese Bone Doctor

I have a habit of putting off problems. Yesterday after my eventful morning (see previous post) I went to the W Hotel for lunch, did a bit of work and then decided that I needed to address my shoulder pain. This decision was prompted by it hurting so much I had to bite my lip to stop myself screaming in the middle of Wan Chai.

I don’t know what triggered it, but roughly a week ago I had mild discomfort, which progressed to continual discomfort, and by yesterday afternoon had galloped to red hot agony status. For the past 3 days I have been self medicating, switching between paracetamol and ibuprofen at regular four hour intervals to manage the pain, but enough was enough, screaming in public is not a good look.

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