The joys of Cement

Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

(Em here still)
Yesterday afternoon got a minibus to a waterfall about an hour away which was lovely (see photo). We swam 'round the fall and into the other pools which was incredibly refreshing especially as we were both dying for a swim!

After a couple of hours relaxing here we wandered back to the minibus via a steamed dumpling seller who was really appreciative of us buying from him and to see the local tiger. The tiger had been recaptured from poachers by locals when it was very young and is being kept here in a very large caged area subsidised by voluntary contributions I think the plan is to release in N Laos when possible.

Back to Luang Prabang and a curry for dinner and a few Beer Lao (very good local lager - see Dave's t-shirt!).

This morning we set our alarm for 6.30 so we could go and see the alms'giving for the monks. Basically this involves the monks (hundreds of them here) walking down the main street and passed temples and tourists and locals give them sticky rice. Unfortunately, however, it appeared we had, un-beknown to us, booked on a multi-day mystery tour which involved seeing rather a lot of our bedroom and bathroom for the next couple of days. Now we know why the dumpling seller was so appreciative of selling something to us! Needless to say we felt very sorry for ourselves and I felt incredibly homesick too but suspect we'll live.

We were contemplating whether to stay here longer to rid ourselves completely (by this time our Boots' sized medicine cabinet had had a fair chunk taken out of it - anti-biotics, rehydration tablets, vitamins, immodium) but to do the next phase of our trip in Laos we really had to get to Huay Xai in a few days time (see later entries). As immodium seemed to prove completely ineffective I risked walking to the pharmacy where the assistant's eyes lit up at the prospect of selling me so many medications (little did she know we had most of them!), however I left with only small sachets of Smecta, I think, and returned home. We duly took our sachet with a glass of water which not only tasted of cement it also seems to have the same effect interally. I am sure you are all delighted to hear all of this!!! Anyway if you want any I am sure B and Q stock it.
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