Sri Lanka has been a special place to me because of a lovely girlfriend back in 1987 in Brighton called Stella. She was a 6th former at Roedean and her farther was the Cultural Attaché to the British ambassador of Sri Lanka.
She told me so much about this amazing island paradise that I was absolutely fixated with the place. I eventually visited on several occasions. Older and wiser now, I returned as a digital nomad & entrepreneur.
Great to be back in sunny Brighton, but not for too long I hope as I’m looking to get back out to Sri Lanka and on to the plantation to get on with some product development. But saying that, there are not many places better to find yourself than in Brighton between April and September.
I first moved to Brighton from my home town of Leamington Spa back in January 1987. The whole band “Light” moved down together. We were all best mates and had been planning the move for a good 6 months and made a few visits in that time! Some of our close friends had already moved down.
The two places in Bali that I have visited are Canggu (pronounced Changoo) and Ubud. They both vary in digital nomad patronage! I would say that Canggu is very much more focused on the MacPacker digital nomad and Ubud more to the liking of the entrepreneur and professional digital nomad. Canggu being a younger surf orientated crowd and Ubud the Yoga loving variety.
Both share a laid-back trait and both with positive and ( a few) negative characteristics.
I first arrived in Bangkok in 2012 on an invitation from a life long friend who lives and works there as a teacher! First impressions…? Well, not exactly overwhelmed to be honest! For a start, they drive on the same side of the road as us and the cars look similar to that of the UK. But it was fucking hot! Not just hot hot but the kind of hot that sucks your breath out of your sweat glands.
It’s always hot in Bangkok! Thailand has three seasons, Wet, Hot and cold. Cold rarely gets below 80 degrees, Wet season requires amphibious transport and Hot season is at best, uncomfortable and at worst, a danger to the mortality of even the most health conscious.
It takes a while you get used to the heat and indeed the way of life! And that is not something that comes in a 2 week visit
So, another Visa run and another flight out of Bangkok! This time I decided to take my lovely girlfriend Gift with me to Siem Reap in Cambodia. I’d heard so much about it from fellow DC’s and co workers that I decided that I must see it for myself! And off to Don Muang airport in a Uber black we went, and then I realised that Gift had never flown before! She’s got her new passport and was a bit nervous. Even being in the airport had her trembling. Not many Thai people have a passport, let alone fly so this was a big deal for her, and the fact that she was leaving her 16 year old daughter behind with her sister. She was a tad distressed.
We got on the Air Asia plane which was all very normal for me being a frequent flyer, we taxi’ed along the run way and I held her hand as we picked up speed and took off.
I love Saigon…
I loved Saigon when I first visited in January 2016! I had an heads up form my AMZ Tracker work mate Erik about where to stay and where to go! Erik arranged an intro to the lovely Jeremy Ginsburg and it was my first official day of being a registered DC (Dynamite Circle). I arrived fresh of the plane after a very short flight from Bangkok and straight into the heart of the city to my Hotel in District One.
Freshened up and headed out to the “Broma Not A Bar” (still can’t quite figure out that name), got myself a cold beer and watched Jeremy delivering his trademark performance on the open mic stage. He really is fucking good! Well recommend that you check him out.