198: Waking up next to crush's roomate
Eva walks into the bedroom, creating a silhouette with rising sun through the doorway. Leah and I are still fully clothed in bed.
“I'm saying this as your roommate, you can do so much better,” she tells Leah as she heads for her bed.
Eva climbs into her own bed.
“So where you?” Leah asks. I, of course, had the same question, but felt that surely it wasn't my place to ask.
“I don't know,” Eva says. Lying was never her strong suit. She later tells Leah that she was up all night talking with Markus.
At some point, Leah points out that she and I are still fully clothed, though that seems to do little in changing Eva's impression of the situation.
She's put up a wall.
Once the girls clear out for work, I pack up my bags and head to Trang Anh Hotel. At some point the hotel inexpicably changed its name to Ali Ba Ba's Hotel, but it was since changed bach.
After dropping my luggage off on the fifth floor of the hotel – I thought I wouldn't mind the all the steps until I realized I'd done all that walking and still didn't have a view from the narrow, bay-front establishment. Downstairs, at the plastic chairs and table placed outside a nearby restaurant I spot Conner, Maria-Ann and Markus having breakfast. I sit down and join them. The die orders me a banana pancake. I order me a coffee.
They're headed to the Butterfly Valley. I was going to work, but it's too beautiful of a day to skip climbing.
The sun hits us with warm rays to combat the autumn-like cold in the air. It's hard to believe that a Korean tourist was killed on a rental motorbike yesterday evening. It's strange how young people die like that. The world wakes up, but they aren't with us. They're in a body bag as their relatives try to sort out the logistics of the repatriation of their son or daughter and their friends stand numb in shock.
A random white guy comes up and tells us about the Korean's death, claiming that it's impossible to rent motorbikes on the island today, as there's been a knee-jerk reaction by police.
It doesn't effect us. The Asia Outdoors team know a motorbike rental guy personally. So we're able to secure an extra bike and all get to the craig.