After a few hours of relaxing on the hammock I felt the need to go take some photos of the island. It was getting close to sunset and I wanted to see if I could get something good for the blog. I really wasn’t successful, but as I was walking around I met up with David, (and eventually Sophie) who was doing the same thing so we walked around for a while. After walking around a bit, we ended up at the same restaurant as we were at earlier to wait for the others to show up. All good, had a couple of beers.
Sophie is a Chinese girl that has been traveling alone and lately with us, or maybe I’m traveling with her now… Anyway, I haven’t really talked to her because she’s very quiet and kind of keeps to herself and for some reason we never really talked. So last night I decided to start a conversation, the rest of the night we hung out together mostly just looking at the sky and searching the sky for shooting stars. It was a great night and I hope that I get a chance to do it again sometime. There is a reason why I’m telling this story too.
On our way back towards the hotels we are walking around and looking up at the sky and I walk off the side of the path and fall down the bank of the river. If it hadn’t been so embarrassing it would have been the funniest thing ever… actually it was the funniest thing ever. Here I am walking with a cute girl that I have just started talking to, and wouldn’t you know it, I fall about fifteen feet down into the bushes of the riverbank. It was a funny fall to, because the first part I was basically falling, but maybe a better description was sliding on my back head first towards the river, but still under a little bit of control. I finally came to an almost stop, that is until gravity took over and my legs went over my head. It was almost beautiful the way I did a complete, nearly perfect, tucked backwards somersault another ten feet down. 🙂 I was so humiliated all I could do is laugh. Sophie was going crazy though, I don’t think I can blame her though, from her perspective I pretty much just disappeared over the side of the path.
Besides a bruised ego, I did get a bunch of scratches. I also woke this morning with a sore area below my neck, between my shoulders. It was funny though, and I swore Sophie to secrecy so I wouldn’t have to relive the event. I always consider my experiences when I travel to be the most important things, and although I never really considered and experience like this, I have to say it is a great story that I’ll remember forever.