Trip Start Aug 18, 2006
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I spent the following morning visiting the gold stupa at That Luang, which is Vientiane's St. Pauls and which was indeed very large and shiny. At lunchtime I climbed Patoxai Arch, an Arc de Triomphe wannabe allegedly constructed with concrete donated by America for a runway.
Million to one coincidences crop up nine times out of ten. This we know. Nonetheless I feigned surprise when, walking idly down the corniche by the Mekong I heard my name from behind me. Turning around, I saw Philippe, the French-Canadian I'd met in Cairo almost a year ago to the day. We spent an hour or so catching up on each others travels before he had to continue on his way. I was done with tourisming and settled in for an afternoon of idling, mooching and loitering.