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Cycle Tour Day 7, 0km, average 0km/h. We all looked forward to this rest day, not that the riding has been particularly hard, it's just nice to get off the bike for a day, have a wander and catch up with some washing. Still awoke at sparrows and was at brekky by 6:30 am. Phil and I were the only ones there from our tour, all the others enjoyed a sleep in. A nice mix of Asian & European food was on offer. The coffee ...
... the problems didn't end after the war as many people are still being injured and killed by the un-exploded bombs left around. There is a huge program running to clear these areas but a secondary industry has started up where locals buy cheap metal detectors and sell the old bombs as scrap metal. Depending on the metal it can be sold for between US$ 0.17 and 0.50 per kilogram. In other terms a 700 kg bomb can be sold for about US$200 which is about two thirds of the annual ...
... and her mom and aunt put bags of rice down and started praying. There were other women in the house with bags, trying to collect money from people. Soon after, I went outside and ate some food and some monks came in. I always find it funny when I see a monk in public because they almost always pull up in a new Toyota truck and jump out with their orange outfit on, or a bunch of them will jump out of the bed of the truck. After that, ...
... our hotel in Hanoi. We arrived at 5am. We were given an vacant room to have a nap and shower in until 9am, when we left that room and moved to our allocated room. After we were sorted at the hotel we went on a shopping trip, getting souvenir t-shirts. We went to a nice cafe for lunch which had free wifi so we hung around for a bit in the afternoon and chilled out there.
On the 28th we flew to Laos. We left the hotel about 9 and got a taxi to ...
... dropped on Laos did not explode, leaving a legacy of unexploded ordnance (UXO) that continues to badly affect the country and its people 40 years on. Approximately a quarter of Lao villages are still contaminated by UXO; between 1974 and 2011, more than 20,000 people have been killed or injured as a result, of whom 40% were children. The widespread presence of UXO adversely affects Laos' economic development by disrupting farming of contaminated land ...
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