Goodbye Laos

Trip Start Nov 30, 2005
Trip End May 13, 2006

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Well, at the moment I am back in Bangkok. Just got off an overnight train ride that was relatively comfortable-- just a bit confusing to begin with. I am really just here for a few hours before heading off to the airport and Hong Kong.

After our trek in Hong Kong and our beautiful day at the waterfalls, we had a few ideas of what to do with the next couple of days. However, a lot of things weren't exactly working out. We left Luang Prabang- unhappily- it really was our favorite spot. And we returned to Vang Vieng which I've told you before isn't my favorite place!

This is the town that has more westerners than locals and where people sit around in TV bars all day watching friends. All day! Why are you in Laos? I know the beer is cheap but come on!

That afternoon was very warm and if you get away from the tv bars the river is really nice and we just laid by it and swam it in it with the local laos kids and just wrote in our journals and relaxed. The next day we were planning a kayaking trip that would end down in Vientiane.

WE woke up in the morning to pouring rain, but went anyway- good to get some use out of that raincoat I've been carting around! We went in the tuk tuk a few hours and then unloaded. The kayaking was sort of a joke. It was pouring rain, the guides gave us a half-assed kayak instruction and we took off. There were literally no real rapids but one- and the one was a decent size. We were in pretty crappy kayaks (two persons) that were pretty hard not to flip. We all got out and checked out the rapid and the guides told us some strategies. Eliza and I preceded to watch every group go down and every group but one flip over! But our careful study came in handy and we rocked the rapid and kept both of ourselves in the boat! We were proud of ourselves and everybody was cheering for us when we made it through. So that was fun. Then we had nice barbeque on the rocks and headed down a little while longer.

We road the few hours down to Vientiane and Eliza and I were hoping to meet up and stay with her uncle again but we weren't sure if he was back from his trip to Cambodia that day or the next. So we tried calling him but it didn't work out. We ate some great Indian food, kept trying to call him and decided to just head out to his house. Well, nobody was home so we went and checked our luck for a guesthouse. Our luck wasn't good. Nobody had any rooms open and we finally found a place. It was absolutely nasty but we were tired of carrying our backpacks around and weren't sure what else we could find. After being wet all day- it was really pretty miserable. Eliza and I sat in that disgusting room where we saw bugs crawling around the pillows. We didnt know what to do... so we went out to get some drinks and see if we could spend as little time in that room as possible. Even with the drinks, I slept terribly and was up by 6:30. Eliza and I were out of there at 7 and there were people sleeping in the hallways and later a guy told us that he got a tick staying there! Eliza and I got in to her uncles house that morning, and were happy to find warm showers and checked our hair for ticks! The next day and a half in Vientiane were really relaxing.

Yesterday, I begrudgingly packed- just not wanting to at all. There are some places that you just don't want to move on from. That you just want to last a little longer and Laos was one. We had one last meal of sticky rice, and I reluctantly said goodbye to Eliza- but will see her again down under.
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