Recovery Food

What a great night! There is no waiting around in pubs for the clubs to get “good” at midnight, like in the UK. Here, everything kicks off at 7pm as soon as the sun sets. So when we got in at about 2am, that had been a great but long night partying. The beach was still in full swing but we were fucked.

Next morning, quite expectedly, the hangovers arrived. I think I only had 2 or 3 beers more than Aimi, but as I’m double her weight, I got away with half the hangover. That’s how it works right? She was pretty bad, but it was midday so we ought to get up.

Sanskara, down the other end of the beach, is definitely our favourite place. Mis-quoting Clarkson, it has the best breakfast, in the world. It’s got everything you could ever want; granola, yoghurt, jam, butter, croissant, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, grapes, freshly squeezed orange juice and a big bowl of the most colourful fruit you’ve ever seen. There is even a purple dragon fruit! And all washed down with cold mango smoothie, this was the perfect start to middle of a hangover day.

Sanskara is also where, what it looks like, the digital nomads hang out. Today they must have given themselves the day off to recover. But yesterday, there were 2 or 3 people with their laptops out tapping away working on something. I can’t think of a better place for it really. Laid back in a comfy cafe, sipping iced coffee, snacking on fresh fruit while working leisurely and earning western wages to spend here. I’ve got some work I should be doing, so this was a subtle reminder to get on with it. But not with a hangover, and we are leaving tomorrow so it will have to wait another day till we are settled on Koh Tao.

We wandered back to the air-conditioned oasis of our hostel room, via the 7Eleven. We got a couple bottles of water to work on, to add to our pile of empties. Here we watched some more Harry Potter, cocooned safely away from the midday heat.

Once we had rehydrated as much as possible, we wandered out to find some food. Maddy’s Kitchen beckoned to me, as one of the only other restaurants to have survived the last 5 years. It was as good as I remember. Its Just down the street from where Dancing Elephant used to be, another Covid victim? This open sided…. shack… produces very tasty food. Having had garbage Western food for 2 days we were obligated to choose something more authentically Thai. I had a big plate of pineapple fried rice with chicken and egg in it, topped with spring onions and cashews. Aimi had tofu and egg with vegetables in a noodle soup. That too was really good, but maybe a hot soup, in a hot country, when you’re already feeling hot, was not a smart idea. She was drenched in sweat by the end. It was also vastly cheaper than Sanskara. No joke 1/3rd the price of the breakfast we had earlier.