Living a Life of Luxury in Laos
26.07.2008 - 30.07.2008
Amazingly we found an internet cafe on the 4000 islands. of course there is no hot water and electricity lasts about 4 hours each evening but yes there is internet...funny. So let me see if i can give you a brief summary of what has been happening here.
So we left pakse on the 26th in the morning and took a 2 hour bus ride to the islands. While we did not really realize it at the time, it was going to be the people on the bus that would make this part of our trip.
We arrived on the island and found a guest house that is literally sitting right on the mekong. our balcony / deck or whatever sits on the water. it has two beds, a private bathroom, and a fan that only works when the electricity is on...it was totally nice compared to other options. (oh and it is only a cold shower) So as i was saying the best part of this portion of our adventures were the people we met.
There were a total of 7 of us.
pete; a british guy travelling on his own with a 'brillant' sense of humor
John and Greg: brothers from a town outside manhattan who bought bikes in Vietnam and have been riding the country side of Laos. (They were to youngest of our group 19 and 21)
mitch: totally unsuspecting guy from new york. he comes across as kind of sleazy but he is incredibly cool. he has travelled all over the world. teaches 5th grade kids. loves to compete in triatholons and climbs the crazy mountains you read about in books. he has been in africa (tanzania) mongolia etc.
John;: another british dude that has been teaching at international schools (history) around the world. (He spent a while in Africa and will end up in Hong Kong this year)
Kevin and Michelle (that rounds out the group)
Activity: not much to do here on the island. We took a bike ride the first day we were here. one i hardly remember how to ride a bike and two it was not the leisurely bike ride we were expecting...it was an experience that has to be told about in person.
We took two walks: one yesterday to see this waterfall that is the largest waterfall by volume in southeast asia (it was pretty cool) and today we headed over to another island (Don Dhet) to check it out, use the internet and figure out what we are going to be doing for the next two weeks, which changes constantly so i am not even going to bother writing it here...
Sorry for no updated pictures but the upload time is just freaking ridiculous. No comment invisman
Michelle and Kevin