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Monday, January 21, 2008

4000 Islands! In fact there are not that many but locals claim 2000 and if you count every clump in the Mekong it seems like that could be right. We're here to relax even more into the Laos lifestyle although we don't plan on sitting around for too long but the hammock on our "bungalow" porch is very encouraging!!

Electricity hasn't yet arrived so the islanders only use their generators for a few hours each evening. Cooking takes forever since a restaurant only comes equipped with one charcoal pot but the food is generally worth the wait. We cycled around the smaller island (Don Det) with no brakes and walked over the larger (Don Khon), at the southernmost point we could see Cambodia but none of the famed Irrawady dolphins. Don Khon is accessed via an old railway bridge, the only one in a good state of repair - the other three were a little Indiana Jones style with the rail ties rusting away and empty space below.

Our last evening was a medical adventure since one of the guests collapsed after just a sip of lao lao (rice wine). Mikes (German) wife (Lao) wanted to put her out in the garden so that nobody could see and start talking about the guesthouse! Sense prevailed and after about 2 hours the lady was back up and walking although quite weakened. It turns out that she suffers from low blood pressure but it was the first collapse in three years.
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