I wasn’t sure if I’d have to do this, but the reports keep coming in and it doesn’t look good. Nepal just had their biggest earthquake in 80 years, a 7.9, and the death toll is over 750 so far, with a state of emergency declared and people sleeping outside in expectation of aftershocks. (The Guardian’s page on the event is here.)
It makes “90, feels like 112” seem almost tolerable.
I expect a number of you will hear this news story today, so I thought I’d put out a quick update and let you know that I know and that I’m changing plans accordingly. It looks like I’m staying on Koh Samui another month. The place is available, the owner Steven says he’ll give me a deal, and it’s a bit late for me to try to make a more elaborate plan. And too early, I think, to go back to Chiang Mai. They’ve had terrible problems with the smog this year, and with drought, and there’s just not enough rain yet to clear out the air. And it’s been raining more here, which makes it cool and pleasant on many days — and also adds more gnats and mosquitoes, but, hey, at least my home won’t collapse in aftershocks, so I’m calling that a win.
I’ll still fly to Kuala Lumpur on Monday: I have to leave and reenter the country for my visa. Haven’t decided whether to stay a few days there, or just come straight back the next day. It may depend on the price of last minute hotel reservations, but I’ll figure that out tomorrow.