Trip Start Jul 25, 2006
47Trip End Dec 20, 2007
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The bus did run over a chicken early on in the journey. A foreshadow, we thought, of what was to come ...
So here we are, our fragile selves in tact and we decided to face danger, risk our lives today as we rented bicycles to see more of the city. A good dose of exercise, sweat, dirt and smog (besides Ernie's wobbly bike wheel and chain coming loose) was the worst of it. We biked to Lao's most famous Wat, That Luang, and stopped to climb seven stories up Patuxai "Vientiane's Arc de Triomphe" with 3,000 kip (30 cents) paid and spectacular views of the city all around. Then we biked 3km out of town (wheel still holding tight!) to a Wat where one could indulge in traditional Lao massage and steam sauna (lemongrass, lavendar, bamboo leaves), which we enjoyed, thank you, for a two hour experience, 8 USD total!
The funniest incident of the day was while we were biking toward Wat Pha That Luang. We had entered the football-size parking lot, which was empty and was promptly stopped by a man with a safety orange vest and a whistle. In the far distance, we could see the Wat but the man with the whistle wanted us to park our bikes by his little trinket stand and have us walk during the hottest part of the day across the huge empty lot. Normally, we would have paid the 25 cents and walked, but we were responsible for the bikes and I wanted to get across the vast, sizzling desert of a parking lot as quick as possible
We have arranged our visa to Vietnam and bought airline tickets to Hanoi for the 31st.
Maija: Firstly, Ernie's tale is silly and I cannot confirm, nor deny anything. Secondly, he's going to get only a bowl of sticky rice for his BIRTHDAY next week...
HealthWatch M and E: Both are doing well, eating loads of super local fruits and fruit juices with no ill affects. E's back is sore from the twisty turny bus ride, but some extra massage may help. All is well!
M and E