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Namphou Fountain

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  • Day104

    Vientiane

    January 23 in Laos

    Hier haben wir 2 Tage verbracht und sind mit Philip auf Krücken insgesamt 22 km durch die Stadt spaziert. 😅 Dabei sind wir u.a. über den Nachtmarkt geschlendert und haben uns ein kühles Bier am Mekong mit Aussicht auf die thailändische Uferseite gegönnt. Einen super schönen Sonnenuntergangshimmel inklusive! 😍
    Außerdem haben wir das COPE Visitor Centre besucht und waren schockiert darüber, wie sehr die Blindgänger aus der Kriegszeit sogar heute noch das Leben vieler Laoten beeinflusst und zerstört.Read more

  • Day42

    Flight to Hanoi

    July 15 in Laos

    I'm having lunch (chicken shwarma yum), then I'm heading to the airport to catch my flight to Hanoi, Vietnam. Laos has been interesting, but so far I prefer Thailand. I'm really looking forward to Vietnam.

    The Vientiane Bush H3 yesterday was a fantastic trail. Tromping through the shiggy (bush, jungle, etc.), splashing in the huge puddles, sliding in the mud, trying and occasionally failing to avoid the cowpies...terrific. Afterwards, several of us went to the Nam Pho Fountain where a projection screen was set up for the World Cup third place game. Good job, Belgium!

    Food is here, so out for now. ✌️

    P.S.: The food picture is Red Ant Egg Salad that I for nd in the Lao Airline plane magazine.
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  • Day41

    Yesterday, I finished up with my photos around 5 pm, then popped down the Aussie pub for a few pints. Time flies when you're laughing your head off, and I wound up back at the hotel around 3 am. Whoops. I got up for breakfast (included with the room), then back to bed. Just my kind of morning. I'm off to meet up with the hash in a few hours and am very much looking forward to it.

    Out for now. ✌️

  • Day40

    Organization Day

    July 13 in Laos

    Today, I absolutely have to get my pictures organized, so I'm at the hotel doing just that. The only table and chair by an outlet is in the heat of the courtyard, but the proprietor was kind enough to set up a sun umbrella and blow a fan on me. Sweat is still running down me, but it's bearable.

    After yesterday's post, I rode to Buddha Park, a collection of numerous Buddhas. The park only began in 1958, but it looks much older and was pretty cool. Check it out here:
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha_Park. After that was the torrential monsoon storm (video on yesterday's post). I turned in the scooter and, since the Irish bar was closer than my hotel, rode out the wet with a cold beer and great air conditioning. They even had Western-style toilets!

    Last night, sitting on my white duvet and looking at my arms, I realized how tan I'm getting...my arms anyway. The Farmer's Tan is alive and well, and the dark circles on the back of my hands from my motorcycle gloves have been gone for a while now.

    Back to work. Out for now. ✌️
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  • Day164

    We intended to go out this morning for breakfast at our habitual café in Luang Namtha - the Manikong Bakery :-) before we did so, however, Bertram read a curious email: „Your flight to Tehran will take off in almost 24h and is open for check-in“. Wait a sec - 24 hours?!?! We had both firmly believed that we were going to Iran in Friday, not on Thursday...

    After re-reading and checking some email flight confirmations the result was still the same: we are flying to Tehran tomorrow :-) Luckily, we received a quick response from a Tehran hotel to host us from 22.03.-23.03. as our original hostel booking from 23.03. onwards could not be moved earlier... such a stressful morning in our calm traveller lives :-) As our friend Natascha said: “It’s time for you to come home, you are already starting to get lost...” She is right - but: 3 weeks + the newly won 1 day in Iran come first!

    Our time in Vientiane was, thus, very limited. We strolled around the quarter and saw a couple of temples (as everywhere in Laos ;-)) and then only had time for a coffee (including Iran travel planning) and subsequent dinner at a very nice French-Lao fusion bistro with many nice dishes:
    - duo of tofu salad (one crispy, one marinated)
    - ravioli stuffed with camenbert and morning glory
    - trio of Lao mushroom dishes
    - duck breast with Lao fried vegetables 🌶🦆
    - lemon tart 🍋

    Now it’s time for bed as we need to go to the airport at 05:30 am :-O

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    Note to everybody at home: we area bit unsure whether our mobile phone numbers will work in Iran. Best to send us an email or WhatsApp message which we can read once we have WiFi.
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  • Day56

    Vientiane

    March 31, 2017 in Laos

    Vientiane ist die Hauptstadt der Demokratischen Volksrepublik Laos und liegt im Westen des Landes unmittelbar an der Grenze zu Thailand. Die Stadt ist das wirtschaftliche, politische und kulturelle Zentrum des Landes. Offiziell hat Vientiane etwa 350.000 Einwohner. Am Fluss Hat Don Chan gelegen ist Vientiane ein Ort, der sehr deutlich durch die französische Kultur geprägt ist, da Laos bis 1949 unter französischer Herrschaft stand. Das Stadtbild bietet eine Mischung aus franko-europäischen und asiatischen Gebäuden. Vientiane ist wohl eine der ruhigsten Hauptstädte der Welt, aber diese Ruhe bin ich von dem gesamten Land bereits gewohnt.Read more

  • Day46

    Nach mauem Start des Vortages präsentierte sich uns Vientiane leider auch am 31.12. nicht im besten Licht: morgens weckte uns die Baustellen-Crew des nebenliegenden Gebäudes, obwohl Ausschlafen wegen eines total bekloppten Hahns in Vang Vieng (Krähkonzert um 22:00, 03:00 und 05:00 Uhr) bitter nötig gewesen wäre. Zudem war der Himmel komplett wolkenverhangen (und riss den ganzen Tag nicht auf).

    Im 'local'-Bus ging's zum 30 km entfernten Buddha-Park, einer zwei Fußballfelder großen Grünfläche mit allerlei Buddha-Statuen (und anderem mystischen Gedöns). Ganz okay (teils lustig-groteske Steinfiguren), aber die Dreiviertelstunde für jeweils An- und Abfahrt eigentlich nicht wert. Interessant war an der Busfahrt nur das Beobachten laotischer Müllentsorgung: immer schön auf den Boden; so sammelte sich alles Mögliche im Businneren an (von Plastikmüll bis abgefressene Maiskolben)!

    Zurück in Vientiane beglückten wir noch den Wat "Sisaket" mit unserer Präsenz. Leider wurden die recht schönen Wandmalereien gerade restauriert und waren größtenteils eingerüstet (unter deutscher Supervision, aber nach laotischer Zeiteinteilung: Projekt läuft schon seit 2014 und etwa 20 % bzw. 4 qm sind schon geschafft!). Ein weiterer Tempel (Ho Phra Keo) hatte geschlossen.

    Ferner statteten wir dem nach pariser Vorbild gestaltetem Triumphbogen auf der "Prachstraße" der Stadt noch einen Besuch ab. Zwar war dieser moderne (1969), übergroße Betonnachguss des 'Arc de Triomphe' begehbar, Vientiane selbst bot allerdings keinen besonders erwähnenswerten Anblick aus der Vogelperspektive.

    Zum Abend hin stießen wir dann doch noch auf den vortags vergeblich gesuchten Nachtmarkt, wünschten uns aber schnell ihn nicht gefunden zu haben!

    Um das alte Jahr noch gebührend ausklingen zu lassen, bzw. das Neue entsprechend zu empfangen, machten wir uns auf die Suche nach einer halbwegs ertragbaren Party unter freiem Himmel. Dies gestaltete sich schwieriger als erwartet, da nach sechs Wochen Asien Buddha das erste Mal Regen in Auftrag gab (siehe begossene-Pudel-Selfie nach Rückkehr). Als einzige Option fanden wir schließlich eine "World Countdown Area", auf der geschätzt 4500 Laoten und 500 Westler im Nieselregen Neujahr entgegensoffen - untermalt von ausgesprochen basslastiger Techno-Mukke. Naja, Alkohol hält warm...auf jeden Fall ein Erlebnis, das unsere Vientiane-Erfahrungen insgesamt recht gut widerspiegelt: kann, muss aber nicht (bzw. für uns war's irgendwie etwas vertrackt)! 🙄
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  • Day50

    Flying to Vientiane

    March 1, 2017 in Laos

    Today we left Cambodia and took a flight to Laos! Thankfully we didn't have to leave until noon so we had some time to sleep in a little bit. We took two flights to get to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. Each flight was only an hour and we went through immigration during our layover. That was a process. They only had one person taking visa applications so it took about an hour and a half to get through, and we only had about 5 minutes before our next flight boarded. I don't even remember where the layover was but the airport was tiny. So was our plane too!

    When we got to Vientiane and our hotel we were all exhausted. We wandered out to find a place to eat and some ATM's. A lot of people are having issues withdrawing cash but I've had no problems so far. I think I might end up taking cash out for Jessica and having her etransfer me... Something about Laos and debit cards that is giving people issues! We ended up at a pizza place close to the hotel and went to bed early. A good night's sleep is much needed!
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  • Day12

    Vientiane

    January 30 in Laos

    Vientiane is the capital of Laos and our final stop in this country. There are about 800,000 people, so is quite a large busy city. All the government offices are in the city and are housed in very substantial, colonial looking buildings that are set along broad avenues - very attractive.

    Our tour today started at a compound containing a Stupa surrounded by several other religious buildings. The chief Abbot of Laos has his office and residence in a very fancy building in these grounds (somewhat like a mini. Vatican City). We then visited the Peace Arch, built originally to celebrate victory over the French and is very reminiscent of the Arc de Triumph in Paris, but with an Asian twist. It is set in very nice gardens - Brian elected to climb the Arch to take some pictures, while Anne remained below entertaining the guide. We visited a couple of small museums containing various artefacts, but most things have been destroyed, as Laos has been attacked many times over the years by it seems, just about everyone who borders the country.

    The final stop was at COPE where they try to help with the Loas people who have been injured by cluster bombs, land mines etc etc. Quite a moving experience. I must admit that we were not aware just how heavily the US bombed Laos and of course without ever declaring war or anything. Apparently if the planes could not find their targets in Vietnam, then they just dumped their bombs on Laos because it was too dangerous to land the planes with a full bomb load. Considering the billions the US spent on the bombs the amount they have contributed to the clean up is minimal and quite frankly, shameful.

    After a little lunch at a French style bakery/cafe, we retired to the very pleasant pool at the hotel for more R and R.

    We discovered on arrival at the hotel that our rate included a special Laos dinner. We were offered to have it poolside or inside,and elected the first option, so this evening we were sat in solitary splendour beside the pool for our dinner. The food consisted of cooked and uncooked spring rolls ( excellent) Laos sausage- very spicy, fish and chicken each cooked and served in banana leaf. Steamed veg and sticky rice. An interesting meal! Dessert was fresh Mango served with coconut ice cream, sweetened coconut milk and of course sticky rice, generally quite nice, although Loas cuisine isn’t high on our list of must have food!
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  • Day13

    Well that's different

    January 31 in Laos

    We were amused to see this sticker on the window of a 9 person people mover that we were using. The larger prohibition is quite graphic and I don’t think they were objecting to Whoopie cushions! The smaller sign above seems to indicate that fornication is also frowned upon, makes you wonder why they would need that one in the first place!

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