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  • Day35

    Hartford, Connecticut: Bradley Airport

    March 24, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

    We arrived! YAY!

    Jill Dunbar

    Happy you both are home safe!! ♥️

    3/24/20Reply
    Orly Munzing

    Thanks Jill!

    3/26/20Reply

    Glad you made it home safe!

    3/24/20Reply
    Orly Munzing

    Thank you!

    3/25/20Reply
    Orly Munzing

    Many thanks!

    3/25/20Reply
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  • Day35

    Seattle, Washington

    March 24, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 39 °F

    After 36 hours of travel from Luan Prabang, Laos to Tokyo Japan, we made it to Seattle very jet lagged and exhausted. We checked into a comfy hotel and isolated ourselves binging on movies and catching up on sleep for two days since our three attempted flights back home were cancelled due to lack of passengers. We finally got a flight today Tuesday, at 6:40am to Minneapolis and a connecting flight to Hartford.
    We isolated ourselves

    Upon arrival and departure from Seattle vacant airport, we were surprised that Covid-19 health stops for temperature readings were absent. In the Far East, temperature reading health spots are at entry and departure of airports, temples and any major tourist attractions.

    In Tokyo Narida airport, we had a 10 hour layover. Therefore, we wisely checked into an airport private, sparkling clean day room, with beds and shower, that allowed us to isolate ourselves, get some needed sleep, and leave refreshed for the remainder of our journey to Seattle.

    In Minneapolis, we boarded the plane, then had to wait for the airlines to find a replacement pilot because the original pilot was coming in on a flight that got cancelled. After waiting for an hour we took off and should land in Hartford shortly.

    We are picking up a rental car and will drive home to be greeted by a white snowy winter. After being in a very hot climate for the past month it will be a shocking adjustment!

    The trip was an incredible experience and we are planning to return soon to finish our adventure.
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    Carol Lavoie

    Hurrah! You’ve done it! Home sweet home.

    3/24/20Reply
    Orly Munzing

    Yay! We were welcomed with a new patch of snow! Good to be home! Can’t wait to see you!

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  • Day32

    An Early Goodbye to Southeast Asia/Japan

    March 21, 2020 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 97 °F

    We have decided to cut our trip short due to the Corona Virus epidemic. Too many uncertainties, and each day brings more sad news. We feel we are traveling in a sinking ship. We are grateful and feel blessed for the privilege and amazing learning opportunity and a better understanding of the cultures of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. We love and feel comfortable and at home with the people we were fortunate to meet.
    We will return soon to finish our adventure in Japan, Cambodia and Vietnam.

    We stayed at the Maison Dalabua hotel in Luang Prabang. It was unbelievably beautiful with several buildings, each with several rooms, scattered about amongst ponds, walkways, and beautiful tropical plants.
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    Bob Nassau here. Guess you're on your way back now. A wise choice, save the rest for another day. When you get back, try to find some Laotian mysteries by Colin Cotterill, and his fictional hero, Dr. Siri, the only pathologist in Vientiane. Safe travels and take care of each other. Self isolation in our area is not too difficult to do.

    3/24/20Reply
    Orly Munzing

    Hi Bob! The trip was beyond our expectation of joy it brought to our hearts making new friends and having a better understanding of the kind culture that is so embedded in the people of Southeast Asia. So much to learn and take away. We both want to go back and finish our journey. I used the health tracking website you provided daily. Thank you for that. Will pick up Cotterill’s novel on our Kindle. Will have plenty of time in our self imposed isolation upon returning home tonight. We are finally sitting in an empty Seattle airport ready to board back home. I am puzzled that they are not checking temperature upon arrival and departure here. Everywhere airport or tourist attractions in Southeast Asia has a temp checkpoint. Oh! I highly, highly recommend reading Sapiens by Yuval Farrari.

    3/24/20Reply

    I see you're now safely at home. Get some rest and over your jet lag during your isolation. I'm so glad you enjoyed the part of your trip you ere able to do. You can finish up next year, Regards, Bob N.

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  • Day32

    Laos: Tham Ting & Tham Theung Caves

    March 21, 2020 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the Mekong River. They are a group of two caves about two hours upstream from the centre of Luang Prabang. The boat ride was amazing.

    The caves are noted for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Hundreds of very small and mostly damaged wooden Buddhist figures are laid out over the wall shelves displayed in different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana).
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    So many interesting and beautiful sights of the culture and people you have experienced on this trip. Wonderful!

    3/23/20Reply
    Anita Frederick

    So beautiful and intricate!

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  • Day32

    Laos: Mekong River Cruise

    March 21, 2020 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    The Mekong River is the lifeline of Laos. This river originates in the Yunnan Province of China, travels south, forming the boundary between Laos and other countries such as Myanmar and Thailand. The path of the Mekong crosses Cambodia and then ends in southern Vietnam, forming the famous Mekong Delta. One of the most popular things to do in Laos is to take a slow long boat down a portion of the Mekong River. We had this amazing boat with a very clean bathroom, service of tea and coffee all to ourselves and our guide for 3.5 hours. We stopped at two villages. One that produces Whiskey and another that produces cotton. The 3.5 hour boat ride was certainly a highlight of Laos. We felt we were in Nirvana with such breathtaking sites.

    It was interesting that although the majority of the people are Buddhists, which technically does not condone alcohol, we encountered many villages lie this where they distilled whisky or brewed beer. There are also alcohol advertisements and billboards everywhere. I guess there must be a “for medicinal purposes” clause!
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  • Day31

    Laos: Kuang Si Falls/Bear Rescue Center

    March 20, 2020 in Laos ⋅ ☁️ 88 °F

    The Magnificent Kuang Si Falls is “nature at its best”. It is a three-tiered waterfall about 18 mi south of Luang Prabang, and begin in shallow pools atop a steep hillside. These lead to the main fall with a drop of 200 ft.
    The gorgeous well maintained park is also a bear rescue center, where the Asian black bear have have plenty to be happy about since they were all rescued from poachers looking to harvest their parts. They are well cared for and have lots of space to roam around.
    The park is so tranquil, peaceful and relaxing. We ould have easily spent a few days taking in the park.
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    Dennis Mellina

    So amazingly beautiful!

    3/22/20Reply
    Orly Munzing

    Dennis, the photos are a glimpse of its wonder. One feels they are in a painting. It is a surreal moment!

    3/22/20Reply
    Anita Frederick

    Beautiful!

    3/24/20Reply
    Anita Frederick

    Wow!

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