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Tamarra’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 09 Dec 2006

Location: Luang Namtha, Laos

MapHello All! I am not sure where to start. Let's start with the bus! I have been on soooooo many long bus journeys here in Laos. Laos is a very mountainous country therefore even the shortest distances take apporximately 8 hours!! However, watching the scenery is breathtaking and the fact that we are moving at no more than 40kms give me lots of time to watch the curvy mountain roads and valleys. But the things that have really kept me interested are the villages that are perched on the side of the cliff. One side of the highway (if you can call it a highway) is a sheer cliff up. The other has a thin ledge with just enough room for a house, or about 10 in a row. There is nowhere up or down to go. The kids have no choice but to play on the street. It is incredible. All the while pigs, chickens and dogs run around wild. Amazing! Also on my bus there are bags of rice piled high. And on occassion a guy with a fully loaded AK47. What is he guarding? The rice, us??? Who knows? Also the locals are smaller than us forang (foreigners) and my legs are like pretzels! All part of the fun!!
Today we went on a full day hike. The village we hiked to was having a wedding. We each contributed a dollar to the wedding fund! The wedding was amazing. The bride and groom walked around pooring out Lao Lao (moon shine or local whisky) call it what you like! The stuff is hell! YUCK! There was food and music and the entire village was there. We didn't want to leave. We were all having such a good time. Now I have been to a wedding and a funeral. The hike back was hard, steep up and steep down. It has made me nervous for Nepal. I am not in shape for it! I guess I still have time. Now I am undecided as to where I want to go next. Oh the travelling decisions. I love Laos and I feel like I have gone through it far to quickly. If I could turn back the clock I would change a few things. Oh well, there's always next time. I am heading towards the Thai border but not before I spend a day Kayaking, and three days on the Gibbon Experience sleeping in treetops and two days boating down the river! Lots of fun things to come! Chat soon, Love, T