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... over the river and the hot air balloons overhead, especially the balloon that dipped its basket into the river to the delight of the passengers. We had some tasty food, our favourite was felafal in a fresh pita, cooked by a Laotian Jew – who knew! A scenic highlight was our walk through Tham Jang cave and the view from its hillside entrance, though as is normal for this season, all views were shrouded in the smoke from the burning fields ...
... He found muscles that I didn't know I had! Time for food and beer so walked to Bamboozle. Started with BeerLao and a shared vegetable platter with bread and organic goats cheese. Tasty. Joined by the young doctor from earlier. Busy place. Lucky we arrived early and got a table with cushions on the raised floor. Run by an Irish guy. Had a burger and fries-quite tasty and a change. More beer then ...
... Lao take their kum. I have no idea. Being Eastern, time is of a different perspective to them. Which is a bloody good job because it's going to take forever to get those UXO cleared.
Final statistic. They cleared 69 in the four weeks in the film we watched at the brilliant MAG (Mines Advisory Group) centre. Just 79,999,931 to go then.
The fall of the American Empire cannot come quick enough. But then I don't have an Eastern perspective of time.
Happy Chinese New ...
... the efforts of largely New Zealand UXO experts who cleared a narrow path for visitors to walk through. At times the path is ridiculously narrow. Up to 30% of the bombs never exploded leaving Laos with literally millions of UXO which continue to kill and maim to this day. The area was targeted as part of the Ho Chi Minh trail. Bomb craters, as well as the damaged jars, remain there to this day.
Its been a sad and sobering sight to see.
... says they were used for making whiskey and storing water. They have some good stories surrounding those myths.
I've had a stuffed up nose for a couple of days and have been sneezing up a storm. It's either allergies or a cold, but I feel fine...so we'll keep on trucking. Tomorrow is another long bus ride to Luang Prabang, heard the ride is long, but the scenery is beautiful. We'll stay a few days there and then take a slow boat to Thailand.