Mr. Motezuma is a vengeful bastard

Trip Start Jan 12, 2013
Trip End Feb 27, 2013

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Monday, February 4, 2013

Totally did not leave the island today.  Instead, I've spent it trying to evacuate colonizing bacteria from my intestines.  I blame the exhausting bus journey and kayaking for weakening my 'colon'-ial fortresses.  (haha, get it?!)  I've been medicating and resting.  I believe the drugs are finally taking effect.  I was able to eat a hearty dinner of fried rice and a Coke.  (Coke has never tasted so good as when you've sweated for 3 weeks straight---it's all I do is sweat). 

The good things about today were that I was able to re-reserve my bungalow, so no packing and moving or uncertainty.  Additionally, I have my sweet private bathroom.  If I could carry a bathroom around on my back I really would; I love them so. 

The bad thing was the oppressive sun turning my non-air conditioned bungalow into a convection oven.  My sickness has not just been upset stomach, but also general malaise and likely a low-grade fever.  Therefore, I just want to lay down, and do so only to be awakened completely wet from sweat and feeling like I'm suffocating.  I couldn't even lay in my hammock because the material does not allow wind through.  I had to go lay down in the restaurant associated with these bungalows.  Thankfully, it's really laid back so someone laying down at their tables is not a big deal.  The tables are Asian style as well---elevated platforms with short tables.  You sit on cushions.  So, me and the cats laid on cushions.  I drank lots of water as well.  Ignoring the cost (which was minimal), I just drank. 

Gav is still stickin by me and checked on me this morning after I left dinner abruptly last night.  He was on the bus with me for two days so he knew something was wrong because I wasn't eating anything.  ---I thought those of you that knew me would get a kick out of that---only takes two days to understand my preoccupation with food.  lol.  He decided to stay on another day and we'll go up to the cave we want to see tomorrow.  I think I'll be up for it.  Worst case scenario is I just drug myself with my motion sickness pills and let Gav figure out where we're supposed to be going when they inevitably kick us off the bus. 

No pictures today and bad news on the picture front.  My camera lens is stuck at 17 mm and can't really focus anymore.  I suspect it is jammed from dirt and sand that is so prevalent and invasive here.  If I were in a larger town such as Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, I believe I could have it fixed.  I'm going to hold on to it and see if I can have it fixed in northern Laos.  Hopefully so because my phone doesn't take anywhere near the pics as the real camera.  Until then, everything I shoot will have to be at least 70 mm away.  lol...gonna get some great telephoto shots.  

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Get well soon Jasmine! :)

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