Hello poor, neglected blog of mine. I have been putting off writing for many days because I have been sick as hell and haven’t been up to it. I’m hoping it stops feeling like someone is stabbing me in the stomach with knives within the next few days or I might have to break down and actually visit a doctor. Ugh. Not exactly how I wanted to spend the last 10 days of our trip, but I’ve been trying to power through and still do as many activities as I can while we’re here.
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Sigh. Today is our last day in Laos. I have mixed feelings about our time here. On one hand I feel a little bummed that we just did the typical tourist route (Don Det -> Vientiane -> Vang Vieng -> Luang Prabang) and didn’t get a chance to dive a bit deeper into the local culture. I don’t feel like I know that much more about Laos or Laotian people than I did when I started, and that bums me out. Usually we get antsy after too many days on the banana pancake trail and try to find ways to dive more into local life (couchsurfing, volunteering, etc.). But, between being short on time and trying to keep our travel semi-aligned with our friends and travel companions, we missed out on the chance to break out onto the road less traveled during this leg of our journey.
Hey y’all! I’m writing to you from the incredibly twisty, turn-y, nausea-inducing (but beautiful!) bus ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. I will keep this entry short (for real this time…) so I can focus on holding onto my stomach contents. Also because our time in the Laotian capital wasn’t too eventful. Vientiane is more like a sleepy town than a capital city, but we did find a couple cool ways to spend our three days there.
Hello from Laos!! So excited to be in a new country, one I’ve never been to and previously knew almost nothing about! Kevin just wrote a fabulous wrap up of our last few days in Cambodia (ignoring the embarrassing video of me doing the Macarena– bleh), so check that out. We are running out of time quickly these days and really need to pick up the pace, so I will continue now with our first couple of days in Laos. We have only 23 days left until we fly out of Bangkok to Taiwan and they are going to be a total whirlwind. Here we go!
Hi y’all. Recently Erin and I crossed the border into Laos. I am writing this from a bar on an island in the Mekong, and there is a lot to catch y’all up on!
After leaving Chiro Village we headed to the second largest city in Cambodia, Battambang, which honestly still feels like a small town. The city straddles the Sangkae River and contains a relaxed atmosphere of old two story colonial era buildings. The downtown is laid in a grid radiating from the river, so its pretty easy to navigate.
Hey guys. I have been putting off writing this blog for a few days now because Kev and I both have been varying degrees of sick since we left Chiro Village. I really think the water messed with our stomachs and every time I think I’m getting better I’ll get an attack of what feels like knives through my stomach and have to rush to the bathroom repeatedly for hours. Sorry if this is TMI; it hasn’t been fun! I wanted to wait out the sickness so I was up for writing an upbeat, detailed post of the amazing time we had volunteering, but for now I just need to write what I can, even though I’m feeling like crap, so I don’t get too far behind. Bear with me!
Hello from Kampong Cham! Kevin and I have just managed to sneak away from Chiro village to enjoy some electricity, internet, cold drinks, and Western food for the first time in 4 days!
In reality, the people we’re staying with are amazing and would have driven us to Kampong Cham, the lovely provincial capital about 10km away, anytime we wanted. We’ve been really enjoying ourselves, though, and haven’t wanted or needed to inconvenience them for a ride. Today we will stock up on snacks and get our internet fix as we’ve decided to prolong our stay until next Saturday, and will probably only come into town a time or two more until then. I can’t wait to write about this adventure we’ve been on and all we’ve learned in just 4 days, but first I will wrap up our time in southern Cambodia, where we indulged a bit before we started roughing it in the village.