The Eagle has Landed

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2011

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Thursday, November 3, 2011


We leave Don Det in the morning saying goodbye to Key and threatening to take Julie with us. The boat takes us to the mainland and we wait forever (we really should be used to that by now) for the bus. Our too cool for school driver who takes us to Don Det from Pakse is back again. He ignores everyone and plays with his stupid hair until ushering people on board. 

    Getting off at the port for Don Khong we are hugely over charged to get a boat (but really don't have much choice) and on the boat chat to an American couple who have also come from Don Det and also havent felt too well since arriving. Hmm.

We check into a guesthouse and have a pretty rubbish lunch. We talk about how the South of Laos seems a little less friendly and that maybe this is why we feel a bit bummed.

We chill out for the rest of the day and don't really do much.


We are awoken at 4am by a text message from Claire's brother James. It reads, "The eagle is hovering. Ah!" Which can only mean one of two things. James is drunk, or Liz has gone into labor. Selfishly waking us up, we find it a little difficult to get back to sleep (but ultimately, manage) and Liz has a healthy baby boy before we are outside having breakfast. Hurrah!

Now nothing can wipe the smiles off our faces, and we decide to book tickets back to (our old friend) Pakse for the following day so we can have better contact with home. (and partly because Don Khong is shite.) 

As there is no ATM on either Don Det or Don Khong we are quickly running out and the exchange rate for dollars is bad. So we use the last of our money wisely. That's right, WE RENT BIKES. And what bikes they are! Nothing on them seems to work, including the electric starter, anything on the dashboard, the horn, the lights and the mirrors. But the wheels work, damn it! And once we kick start these babies into action (wow), we drive around the whole of Don Khong which takes about an hour and a half. 

After a chilled out evening with a couple of beers and Claire singing her ipod collection at Jo (we can't find Claire's ipod) as well as reenacting the whole of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Jo has NEVER seen it!?!) We save the wetting of the baby George's head for the following night in Pakse, and go to bed.     

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