I'm at the providencial hall (city hall) in Phuket, Thailand now and got my paperwork to fly to Bangkok, although I'm not sure I can fly yet as my leg so swollen I can't bend it and I can only walk with crutches. I was pretty positive yesterday but feeling less so right at the moment. Having trouble sorting out my Travelocity travel insurance, etc. And again in contrast to other embassies we will have to go to Bangkok to get US embassy help with an authorized letter (basically a temp passport) as they have to verify our citizenship (post 9/11 security measures).
Things are absolute madhouse here. Looks like a marketplace with tents and booths - but nothing is being sold just given away. Thousands of people here sorting through embassy stuff here. The government of Thailand and the people here have been absolutely wonderful providing free clothing, water, toiletries, food, accomodations, flights back to Bangkok and on and on. There are bulletin boards with lists of survivors here in addition to all the missing people photos and dead bodies photos (for help with identification). It reminds me that only two days ago I was just happy to just be alive. I didn't mention it in the last post as I was a bit loopy on painkillers...but I really did think I was going to die in that tidal wave flood. And we kept hearing rumors of another bigger wave coming and that we would need to get to the highest hill (at this point several people including myself couldn't walk).
I'm still concerned about a few friends on Ko Jum. You are probably privy to more information than we are here as so much is just rumor and hearsay. Injured people are still be brought over from the islands.
I know this isn't making much sense as I'm still a bit out of sort, but I gotta go now as there are others needing to use the Net.