Two nights ago we raced along platform 4 at Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station, hoping to farewell our friend Marty who we have been travelling with for the last six weeks. Half an hour later, we would be heading in the opposite direction to him, north-east to the border town of Nong Khai, before crossing into Laos. And him, well that’s quite a story…
Two days before that, neither him nor us knew what would happen. But there we were, wishing him luck with far too little time, and not enough words to squeeze in all we wanted to say. And there he was, with his new Dutch friend, Jet and his newly acquired bicycle safely stored in the cargo compartment of the train.
He’d met Jet, the pocket-rocket Dutch cyclist back in Koh Kong, Cambodia. We’d all caught up again on Koh Chang. Then again in Bangkok. And now, Marty and Jet are currently making their way to the Malaysian border by bicycle. It’s so crazy it’s perfect!
A few days before when he was weighing up his options, he honestly didn’t know what was going to happen. We really hoped he would bite the bullet and ride with Jet to Malaysia, and we joked about it a lot, but we really didn’t know whether he would do it. I don’t think he did either.
And now he’s doing it!
And though we are sad to see him go, and we are grieving the death of all our stupid jokes together (far too silly to mention here, except the one where we pretend Marty is our adopted son, yeah I told you it was weird!), we are so excited for the amazing adventure he is embarking on.
So not only did we farewell our friend Marty with a mixture of happiness and sadness, but we farewelled Thailand for the time being with equally mixed emotion. The main reason for our departure was to apply for a two month Thai visa from Laos’ capital, Vientiane. But we paid $65 for Laos visas which take up full pages in our passports, so we figure we would be wise to explore this country while we can.
I have heard so many amazing things about Laos from so many different travellers and friends, and once we have picked up our passports from the Thai embassy tomorrow, we will be free to explore it our leisure.
So that’s two farewells that have led to new beginnings and unexpected adventures.
And that’s the beauty of travelling, you never know what’s around the corner, or who you might be cycling there with…
GOOD LUCK MARTY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Another silly joke, where Marty and Tyrhone say ‘ow’ in really girly voices. Don’t ask.)