How to Spend a Day in Paradise

How to Spend a Day in Paradise

Photography and Writing by Conni Biesalski 
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I’m on Koh Tao at the moment. It’s a tiny island off the east coast of Thailand. It’s a little paradise.

I wake up around 9 am and stay in bed for another hour or so daydreaming away. I enjoy the fan in my face, the feeling of the rising heat outside. 

I walk outside the bungalow onto the porch and enjoy the breath-taking view out to the sea for a couple minutes. I breathe and stretch.

I then put on my bikini, some boardshorts and brush my teeth. 

I jump on my scooter and ride to one of my two favorite breakfast places on the island. Zest or Coffee Corner.

At Zest, I might share a table with other familiar faces and chat away while taking in an iced Latté and some yummie breakfast.

If I go to Coffee Corner, I order my food and take out my Macbook Air and red notebook. It’s the place with the fastest Internet on the island (as far as my very active and very frustrating research goes) and so I try to get some work done first thing in the morning, like replying to emails and writing down a to-do list in my notebook (no, it’s not a Moleskine).

I then head back to the bungalow, take out my Kindle and read on the porch.

It starts to get hotter.

Depending on my mood, I might then sit down to work and write, go for a dive, get a massage or head to one of the bays on my scooter for a little swim and snorkel. 

When the sun starts to set, around 5.30 or 6 pm, I head down to the beach, spread out my sarong. I might listen to some Zencast-Podcast, meditate or simply just sit and let my mind go free while listening to some relaxing music. I also dedicate some time every day to think about the relationship in my life that ended recently, to give my heart a chance to heal and to make peace with a wonderful person. I let the pain come and go, take it all in, live through it. 

After an hour or two I head back to the bungalow, read some more and take a shower. I put on clothes and mosquito repellent and sit outside to enjoy the relieving warmth, the cooling down of the day.

A lot of times I would get one of my favourite Thai tofu meals on the island at a small Thai restaurant close to the pier in the main village. I might have a Singha beer with that.

Usually, nights end calmly here. A beer, a chat, a read, a write… But for those who know me, I also don’t turn down a Gin Tonic or two now and again…

Another perfect day in paradise comes to an end.

I try to be more aware of what I do and think every day. Although I am here with a friend, being here has let me enjoy my own presence again and accept solitude as something beautiful, not as loneliness. I am learning to look inwards again and not outwards. 

P.S. I finally signed up for an Apnoe / Freediving course, starting tomorrow. It’s a little birthday present by me to me. For a few days, I will be training to dive to 20 metres on one breath. I haven’t been this excited in a while. This is making paradise even better.

What does your perfect day in paradise look like? Do you even know what you wanted it to look like if you could have it tomorrow? Do you think it’s possible to live your perfect day in paradise every day?

14 Responses to How to Spend a Day in Paradise

  1. I’m following your adventures Conni :) I would love to live in my perfect paradise soon lol!

  2. Teks says:

    Enjoy reading your blog from the other side of the world, Conni.
    I wish I could be living just like you, a free spirit roaming around the world, but it’s too late, I have too many responsibilities.
    I still like traveling though, I could pack my bags in less than an hour, lock the house and disappear somewhere else for a week or ten days :)

    • Conni says:

      It’s never too late. Please don’t say that. We are all responsible for our own lives, every single day. If you want to change something, start today. It might take you a while to finally live your perfect day in paradise, but don’t tell yourself you never could. You don’t live in a prison, do you?

  3. Jonathan says:

    I read about the Apnoe / Freediving course on Koh Tao – it’s something i’d like to try….. I’m looking forward to reading how it goes for you.

    Are you doing it with http://www.apnea-total.com/ ??

    • Conni says:

      Yes, I did it with them. And it was amazing, truly awesome. I can only recommend it. Thinking about doing the Advanced course too next week. It gets totally addictive, but is so meditative and good for the soul at the same time. Do IT!

  4. Lee Hayward says:

    One day I hope to be able to write as well as you do, Conni. I want to combine my Nomadic lifestyle with photography and blogging, which you seem to do so well.

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  9. Veronika says:

    I think that when every day would be like a day in paradise, there would be nothing special about it any more for many people because unfortunately many people get used to luck and perfection too fast. In my opinion, there are many kinds of paradises here on earth, so there are also many paradise days. Some days ago, I had a day who was a paradise day: I went to school in a small Bavarian city and had fun with my friends. That was quite normal, I think, but it makes me feel good everyday. In the afternoon I sat in the sun and learned, it was great, the weather was so warm and I wore sunglasses. And then, there came the surprising moment making a normal happy day to an extraordinary beautiful paradise day: Surprisingly, the boy I’ve loved for a long, long time visited me in order to help me with my school stuff, and it ended up with kissing and some other beautiful and exciting things under a bridge near a river. Afterwards, I was so happy and smiled at everybody, and my brother and I were taking a ride on a scooter to our grandma, after I’ve told my brother what wonderful things have happened to me that day. Sorry for this long comment, but this day came impulsively to my mind while reading your post.

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