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From Vientiane to Vietnam

Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | Views [3205]

I arrived in Vientiane, the capital of Laos on Monday afternoon and saw my first traffic light since arriving in Laos. It’s a shock to see so many cars after being in motorbike territory for so long. Vientiane is pretty sleepy as far as national ... Read more >

Tags: cities, travel plans, vientiane

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | Views [6567] | Comments [1]

I came across this book in Luang Prabang, and enjoyed it so much that I want to recommend it to everyone. It’s an extremely well-written, meticulously researched, and scrupulously even-handed account of an immigrant Hmong family and their encounter ... Read more >

Tags: books

Stay Another Day (or week or two)

Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | Views [2072]

I want to write about a wonderful initiative here in Laos called “ Stay Another Day .”   It’s directed at tourists, and intended to encourage sustainable tourism.   They publish a booklet that describes organizations and initiatives doing good things ... Read more >

Tags: philosophy of travel

Muang Ngoi & the Nam Ou, Part II

Friday, 18 Jan 2008 | Views [2897]

On New Year's Day, I went out to hunt for the bungalow with the perfect view. Most of the places to stay in Muang Ngoi are simple bungalows made from woven bamboo, with tiny porches complete with the all-important hammock, set along the river.... Read more >

Tags: adventures, hmong, muang ngoi, nam ou river, rivers, trekking

New Year’s Eve in Muang Ngoi

Thursday, 17 Jan 2008 | Views [2326]

On New Year’s Eve, I took the bus from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw. From there, I stuffed myself onto a boat that would take me up the Nam Ou River to Muang Ngoi. The boat is quite narrow, and the seats are two benches that run along the sides, ... Read more >

Tags: celebrations, muang ngoi, new years eve, unexpected joy

Heading North for New Year's

Monday, 31 Dec 2007 | Views [1431] | Comments [2]

Luang Prabang is filling up with visitors as New Year’s Eve approaches. Today there was a traffic jam on the main street, which is quite unusual if you know this sleepy town. In the late afternoon, the streets are filled with backpackers searching ... Read more >

Tags: luang prabang, new years eve, on the road

Cicero, 1988-2007

Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | Views [1327] | Comments [3]

Cicero, our family’s dearly beloved Siamese cat, died on Thursday, December 27 at the age of 19. He was loud, noisy, highly affectionate, very sweet-tempered yet sometimes quite demanding, highly independent, and dearly loved. We chose him ... Read more >

Tags: cats, cicero, family

Gallery: Laos Images

Saturday, 29 Dec 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Turning 33 with the Elephants

Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [4148] | Comments [1]

I celebrated my 33 rd birthday by riding an elephant. Her name is Meixi, and she’s 45 years old. She is “retired” from logging work and now just has to carry around tourists for a few hours a day, which is apparently much less taxing than logging ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, birthdays, celebrations, elephants, luang prabang

Loving Luang Prabang

Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [1925]

My jaw was dropping from the moment I stepped off the plane. Flying in, all I could see were green mountains, rivers, and the occasional dirt road and small village. It felt like flying into the middle of nowhere, a small town surrounded by ... Read more >

Tags: cia and hmong fighters, cities, lao history, luang prabang



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