Finding Breakfast

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Finding Breakfast

We must be getting good at this. On the morning of our first day here, we strolled down the street and found our regular breakfast place within minutes. Six days later, it remains our morning ritual. It’s the kind of place where the border between the restaurant and the family living room is indefinable. The [...]

Notes from Luang Prabang

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Notes from Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang: the former Capitol city at the confluence of two rivers. A masterpiece of gardens, brick lined sidewalks, creative flavors, and storybook temples. For four days, we have wandered her labyrinth of streets and passageways with the wanderlust found only in Make Believe Land. A mere week in this city is purely wrong. Luang [...]

Meet Spot

World, meet Spot. Spot spends his evenings relaxing timidly on the wall beside our porch light. We assume he feeds off the bugs, but have yet to see him go in for a kill. Without a reference to show his size, you might think he is not the majestic example of reptile that he is.. [...]

Hidden gems down a dark alley

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Hidden gems down a dark alley

Daylight. Another morning waking up to a new city and a new start. There are roads to wander down, new neighborhoods to get lost in, and a new world to discover. The events of yesterday’s unexpectedly laborious bus travel already feel like they unfolded chapters ago. We are in Luang Prabang- what many have professed [...]

Hiking a Mudslide

The major roadway connecting Vang Vieng with Luang Prabang is Road 13. Most of the road is paved, which is a major improvement compared to the roads in many regions of the country. However the road is rough, festooned with potholes and curving through the mountains with occasional sharp drops. But the scenery is lush [...]

Tubing. Because we had to.

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Tubing. Because we had to.

Okay, fine. We finally went. It is not something we’re necessarily proud of, but it was a unique experience and something we won’t soon forget. I don’t know if this scene could ever be duplicated anywhere else in the world… This is also a perfect time to remind my parents about how tame I was [...]

When tourism goes awry

Vang Vieng: the once tiny town whose #1 tourist activity remains slashed from Lonely Planet’s printing presses due to the high accident rate. Seemingly, Lonely Planet is not the only reference young backpackers mindlessly use (although this must be an exception), since this town is aglow with white 20-somethings with no ability to control their [...]

Soup for Breakfast

I have been eating soup for breakfast since I was 5. I am happy to say that I am finally in a country who agrees with my philosophy that soup is a delicious and fulfilling morning meal. Even better, Dave temporarily has no grounds to tease me about my breakfast choices. Our morning cafe consists [...]