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Travel Blogs from Vientiane
... to go to Vang Vieng. Just a short 4 hours drive'
Our hotel was at the bottom of the mountain range with clouds covering the top of all of the mountains. It was so beautiful. Long took us to a an american airstrip for a BBQ snack before tea. They were doing pork ribs and crackling. But Long had never heard it called crackling before, here is is a delicacy that they don't have ...
... and the fact that I wasn't feeling so well. It wasn't our all-time favourite city, but it still had a "Laos" feel to it and we really do enjoy it here. Each day here, we did brave the extreme heat of Vientiane and ventured out into the streets. We saw Patuxai, a war monument, the presidential palace, the night market, a fantastic DVD store (because we really need more movies...we only had about 30 that we had yet to ...
... as there was no sink in the laundry. Luckily I didn't ever hit anyone!
Listening to late night very loud music which always seemed to feature a very bad version of "My Heart will go on"
Constantly receiving SMS messages from the phone company (Beeline), which were all in Laos.
LOOKING FORWARD TO
Seeing the kids and our dog
Not having the airconditioner on 24/7
Going out to the letter box and getting the ...
... for Australia Day as our new Australian ambassador wasn't sworn in in time for a January party.
It was an extremely hot evening but very enjoyable( especially the party pies and lamingtons!) and Turia gave a heart felt speech.
After the team left WIG has continued supporting the few remaining patients. Some of them have now been hospitalised for 5 weeks and hopefully will be able to return home very soon.
... It seems that having the unexploded ordinance around had become so normal and “only” 100-300 people were injured or killed each year so it was not considered a major issue. It was only once people started asking more questions and assessing the true numbers of people affected that the government and the people realised how big an issue it was. There is still some resentment that the American aid seems to be sent as aid rather than reparation for the fact they ...