Saying Goodbye to Koh Tao

the island of koh tao as seen from the air, an island surrounded by blue ocean

“Well I guess that’s it,” my friend Tony said with a smirk behind his eyes on my last morning in Koh Tao. I had just ordered overnight oats at one of my favorite beachfront restaurants. His infamous punch line was coming.  “You’ll get on the ferry and leave Koh Tao forever and I’ll never see […]

Update: I’m Leaving Koh Tao

I always thought ‘island time’ was just a phrase made up for the purpose of looking good on a fridge magnet. With six months of living abroad already in the rear-view mirror, I can confirm that yes, island time is real, and yes, the time slips away very quickly. The countdown to my departure has […]

What It’s Like to Freedive a Wreck

girl standing in a canyon underwater

Quarantine has given me a lot of extra spare time, and I’ve been trying to use it to my creative advantage. A few days ago, my friend Tony and I went to check out a local wreck off the beach in Koh Tao. Obviously, we took extra precautions to be safe during this crazy time […]

My Coronavirus Easter in Thailand

Just a quick hello on this lovely Corona Easter! It’s always hard to be away from home during a holiday. Two years ago I spent Thanksgiving in Bristol, and last year I was in India! Yet, during a global pandemic, in isolation on the other side of the world, I feel extra far away from […]

TRAPPED ON AN ISLAND IN THAILAND – WITHOUT CORONAVIRUS

'the corona files' text over three people watching sunset

Being inside so much lately, I’ve had a lot of time to make some long overdue phone calls. There’s been one common reoccurring question: What is life like over in Thailand, living on your little island, during all of this chaos? The answer: surprisingly peaceful.

My Sneaky Quarantine Sunsets

two people sitting on the beach at sunset

At six o’clock in the evening, I realized that I had not spoken out loud the entire day. My voice didn’t make an appearance until I had to start teaching English that night.  How strange, to not speak all day. That would be so hard to do on any normal given day, but now it […]

My Island Lock Down in Thailand

Part of what lured me to Koh Tao in the first place was the fact that it’s a small island that seems to exist in an undisturbed parallel to the outside world. As the island lock down begins, these same qualities could come back to either haunt me or save me. Starting April 1, and […]

How I Afford to Live Abroad in Thailand

graphic of man working on his laptop with a map in the background

Money’s always a bit of a sensitive topic. We’re nervous to bring it up and then when the discussion finally happens, it turns into a ballet dance on a withering sheet of ice so as to avoid insult or offence. I’ve had a few people ask me, not without uncomfortable pause before, about how exactly […]

What I Learned While Watching the Sun Set in Koh Tao

There are a lot of things I’ve wanted to write about recently: freediving, Thailand, living abroad, food, making a living. I’ve also been trying to find my viewpoint on all of these things, too. It’s one thing to have a thought or an idea, but another one entirely to be able to share it with […]

October 13, 2019: Sophie’s India

me posing for a picture with some of the girls from the orphanage

This entry is quite a long one, but one that makes me smile whenever I read it. My time in India was jam packed, so every entry during that time spans a few days. To summarize, Aunt Jayne and I were staying at the Michael Job Center in India, where Christian girls, most of whom […]

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