. He also offered to share a cab to the city centre when we arrived in Vientiene as he was already catching one, but wouldn't accept any money. His reasoning
was he remembered being young with lots of time and little money and now is a bit older with less time and lots of money (big thanks Mike if you're reading this). Quite a nice analogy we thought. We are constantly amazed at the kindness and
generosity of others we've met on our trip.
Once we found a hotel, Joe's Guest House, we headed out to explore the capital of Laos. That didn't take very long as it quite small. It is a quaint little town with lots of French restaurants and cafes. We had some pasta for Rick's birthday dinner then headed to one of the French restaurants for pofiterolls and chocolate cake. Meg managed to secretly organise some candles and sung happy birthday very quietly as everyone was watching.
Happy birthday to Rick! Today he turned 32 years old. We celebrated with a very oily omelet for breakfast with hot ovalteen. The drink was made with half a glass of condensed milk, ovalteen powder and boiling water. It tastes yummy but is really sweet. Phonsovan had very limited options for food but we survived. We walked to one of the war monuments on the out skirts of town as they have a great view over Phonsovan. Along the way we found some lovely boys who we chatted to and helped them practice their English. We walked for a while and having nothing better to do went to the local market and browsed for a while. Then we caught a tuk tuk to the airport for our Lao Air flight to the capital, Vientiene. We were a little skeptical of flying on Lao Air as we had heard some stories but it was actually a really good flight. It only take 30 mins to fly to the capital from Phonsovan so it was quick as well. Whilst waiting at the airport we chatted to a fellow Aussie, Mike, who gave us his LP guide book for Laos (big thank you there) as he had another copy at home