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Vientiane, day 2 [Nov. 17th, 2011|02:45 pm]
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I can't imagine what it must be like to maintain the phone lines in this or any Asian country I have been to. It seems as if every line that has ever hung from the poles is still there, braided, no, dreaded with all the other lines, into a natty tangle that can't possibly be deciphered, but is an attractive nest location for many local birds.

This is one of a couple 100+ year old temples I visited with a young monk named Kit who approached me at the first one I wandered in to. A nice young man with a decent command of basic English (he teaches it to young kids) who wants to learn from me on Skype. If he follows through, maybe I'll learn some Lao too. I also took a futile trip to the bus station to buy a ticket for tomorrow, only to be told I should come back an hour before departure to buy it. I wonder what happens if the bus is full? Fortunately, I found a travel agent in town who sold me a ticket in advance. Tomorrow I go south to Tha Khaek for a day and then on to Pakse and Champasak.

I like stop signs in different languages, don't you?


[User Picture]From: zyzyly
2011-11-18 04:45 am (UTC)
Pakse is just over the border from where my wife is from. It's a great little spot--lots of waterfalls and stuff nearby. We are going back there when we visit in february.

Are you still in Vientiane?
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[User Picture]From: farbel
2011-11-18 02:21 pm (UTC)
I just got to Tha Khaek. It's dark, so I don't have a first impression yet. A local guy on the bus said I should go to the river cave...
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[User Picture]From: zyzyly
2011-11-18 02:31 pm (UTC)
Tha Khaek still has some interesting french architecture, I think.

Oh yeah--I've heard about that cave. Take a flashlight.

There are also coffee plantations near Pakse, and it's really good coffee.
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