PLACES BEEN: Bangkok, Phuket, Ko Phi Phi
# OF PENS BOUGHT SO FAR: 4
# OF CALLIGRA-FRIENDS MET: 0 (yet!)
So, first things first I did not realize how hard it would be to keep up with running my business while traveling.
Maybe it's just that it's all still so fresh- it sorta still feels like a vacation, rather than a new lifestyle. Right now, as I write this blog post, I'm at a crazy cool hostel, sitting about a foot away from an incredibly nice, tempting pool- as well as a bar full of new friends enjoying delicious drinks.
Me, though? I'm gonna sit here until this first recap is written in full- even if I have serious FOMO! I guess that's going to be the battle I face for the next 6 months as I do this online business thing from some of the craziest places I've ever been.
For now, allow me to fill you in on what the first week and a bit of that craziness has looked like! I figure for the purposes of these travel blog posts, I'll spare you aaaaaallllll of the lengthy travel itinerary details, and fill you in instead on some calligraphy related stuff: what I've been working on, what my new "office" set-ups have been like, and just how many new pens and art supplies I've added to my tiny little backpack (so far? FOUR).
The beginning of our trip, days 1-4, were spent in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a total culture shock, to say the least! Lucikly, though, I was able to quickly reach out and chat with a bunch of Bangkok calligra-friends- some of whom I am looking forward to meeting in real life as we figure out a time and place for a meetup!
Here's a little snapshot of what my makeshift workspace looked like for those four days- a tiny little table in a dark corner of the AirBnB we rented. Not my standard big bright colourful room, but a functional workspace with great wifi, nonetheless! In the photo, you'll also see the one book I brought with me on this trip: The Suitcase Entrepreneur by Natalie Sisson. Super recommend this one if you're thinking of trying this travel & work "thing"!
In Bangkok, we did a ton of walking- exploring the neighbourhoods, hunting for food/drinks, and, duh, checking out art supplies.
When I left home, I packed one little pencil case with my absolute must-haves: Tombow Fudenosukes and micron pens, to name a few. And as much as I want to add, there is only room for a couple more additions.
Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your perspective), in Bangkok, I did only find one store with art supplies. So I only added four new pens: two Kuretake (metallic!) brush pens, which I can never find in Canada, and two new fineliners that are very similar to Microns, but came in a bunch of different sizes!
After Bangkok, we headed to Phuket for a few days and had the most awesome time meeting people from all over the world at our hostel. I'll be honest: I got little to no work done while we were there! It was just too fun.
Then we headed to Phi Phi, a beautiful little island about a 1.5 hour ferry ride away- and promptly got sick. Not quite as fun. We were only there for a few days- we managed to do a few exciting things but mostly, honestly? We just stayed in our room, felt sick and watched Netflix. I guess sometimes that's what you've gotta do when you're on a long term travel! Not every day can be sunshine and roses!
Anyway- I think I will leave it at that for now! We are now back in Bangkok, and I've got my first international "meetup" coming up! I can't wait to tell you all about that, too!
Cheers from Bangkok!