There are few places in the world where a person can hear silence. In this life of 'busyness' we are accosted by noise at all times. I am one of those lucky people who have travelled to high places in the mountains where the only sound is the wind. I have driven along a waddy in the UAE and into the desert outside Dubai where there is no sound. Of all the places in the world I have travelled those are the vivid memories. The moments where as a human being I am confronted with how tiny I am in this vast world. I am put in awe of nature, the planet and how easily I could be swept aside by the elements.
Two years ago we, James and I, were taken to this beach. North of Cha am which is 30k north of Hua Hin. This is one of those places where I have found silence. Vast and deserted with only the boats beached on the sand there was a sense of nothingness a feeling of being out there in that place where anything could happen, no safety nets. We went back to find it and we couldn't. Then after the accident and the ongoing rehab we thought about going to look again but things, life things kept getting in the way.
Last week, we made the trip and the first turn off we took was the right one and it led us into the small fishing village and out onto the beach. The place has changed, something I have learnt but keep having to repeat the lesson, returning to special places don't be too disappointed if it has changed. The local fishermen and women have dug out the channel so that they can get their boats off the beach. The silence is thankfully still the same, if silence can be the same.
Scrambling around on the loose dug out sand there was only James and me and the boats. Or so it seemed. Birds, crabs, fish, the tide falling away, the various insects, so in reality the place was crowded. The silence was intact.
The owner of this fishing boat came out to check, possibly on our safety more than his boat, who knows, but nothing interrupted the quiet the sense of aloneness.
And so we wandered together but alone in this wide open space. The sort of place that is so precious when you find it.
Oh yes, as Lou Reed would say 'a perfect day'.