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Tamarra’s Travel Diary

Monday, 04 Dec 2006

Location: Phonsavan, Laos

MapMy second day tuing was equally as good as my first day! Except maybe a bit toooooo much alcohol! I was in bed at 10pm! How many nights can a girl party?? The next day I caught the bus to Phonsavan. Except there were no seats left on the bus so I got to sit on a plastic stool for 6 1/2 hours in the aisle while we climbed up and down a mountain range with my stool wabbling back and forth with every turn! Of course no one in Asia EVER complains. So no I didn't get a discount! The temperature here is significantly cooler as we are 1200m above sea level. I put on pants and my fleece for the first time. I am currentl travelling with two women my ae which is really nice. However my pipin hot shower and thick duvet kept me warm!
Phonsavan is famous for its Plains of Jars. Across three sites there are about 600 hundred jars assumed to be about 2000 years old. They are quite large and noone knows for sure what they were used for. It has been assumed that they were used to burn bodies. It was very interesting.
The sad thing about this province is it was very badl hit during the war. It seems that Americans dropped something like 200 millions tonnes of cluster bombs. How a cluster bomb works is that mid air a large bomb opens and thousands of small BOMBIES come out. Upon impact they break open and thousands of tiny pieces of metal come flying out killing people immediately. The only problem is that 25% of these BOMBIES didn't open. Leaving Laos in a terrible situation with hundreds of casualities every year even though the war has been over for 30 years. Laos is considered one of the poorest countires i the world. I am really loving the slower pace, fewer cars, beuatiful mountain and rivers, the kindness of the people and the lack of people in my face trying to sell me something! So far so good. Tomorrow is another travel day to Luang Prabang which is suppose to be fantastic! There is so much I want to see here, no time to slow down! Chat soon, Love, T