Thursday, February 22, 2007 - Phuket, Thailand
Getting ready for a fight - photo by Lee Johnson
A place to stay - finally
I finally found a place! I went to the gym that I had discovered the night of the fight. At 4:00 I met the manager and she confirmed that there was also accommodations (training & accommodations – 1 month: $560.00). I have a beautiful large bungalow with a patio, and a kitchen (which is important). It is about 100 meters from the training camp and about 3 minutes to the beach. 5 minutes away is a huge outdoor market where I can buy everything from daily fresh fruits & vegetables to spices, meats and seafood as well sundry household items. Down the main road in front of my bungalow is everything else I might need. I am ecstatic that I don’t have to rent a motorbike while I am here. Everything I will ever need in the next 4 months is within walking distance.
As soon as I got here, I unloaded and returned the jeep, went down to the gym and started my training. It was better than I could have imagined. The instructor to student ratio is very good with great one on one attention. Funny enough, earlier, desperate to find a place to train and live, I had stopped in at my old gym. They had no accommodations available but while I was there I notice that one of their Thai fighters was no longer training there. They told me that he malaria and was sick and would be gone for at least 2 months. Well, here I am training right along side him again at my new gym. Either way it’s great to see him and train along side of him again.