Graduation stands as a landmark, a moment of liberation in my lifetime, and the night before, well that’s the crescendo. Our evening began with this symphonic mixture of a drink, a refreshing yet still affordable testament to the life we used to live.
Weekends, Wednesdays, Thursdays were nights to ravage the town. The soft Northwest skies stretched above like Grand Central’s Zodiac Tableau in Persian blues, and deep violets. The nights were promising. But cheap, watered down, coke-rum wells turned into long receipts, 15% tips turned into days without lunch. Enough was enough.
Curiously, the university social scene is one of a paradoxical nature. 4-year, in state universities average $9,000/year. Room and Board is about the same. The comedic turn of this tragic joke takes place in what’s labeled ‘Other Expenses.’ Essentially, its what is left in a students pocket. At the average of $2,100 per year we’re expected to enjoy the other side of academia, and divided by 9 months, 4 weekends, and 2 days, it seems the odds are against us.
Ao Hin Wong, Thailand-On the far side of Koh Tao, there is a secluded beach that’s protected from the normal hubbub of backpackers. Watch the days spread before you like a glimmering Southeast Asian cove, and the nights slip over the sky like a dark gown, cloaking the day with a seductive nostalgia leaving you wanting more.
Huddled around a table–cards are shuffled, jokes dealt, cigars puffed, watches set and drinks are improvised. We needed an alternative. The Hong Thong and Coke Zero mix was pedestrian at its best, and nauseating in its worst hours. So, the second night found us getting a little more creative. The Hin Wong bungalows have one of the highest ratings primarily due to their stellar views, and frothy coconut shakes. Utilizing what was at our disposal–these famous coconut shakes, Thailand’s very own Sam Song rum, and pineapple juice–we created the Hin Wong Colada, something exclusively reserved for this idyllic place in time.