Miss Whiplash? I don't.

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2011


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We woke at about 10am and I (Andrew) was still drunk. I also had a few drinking injuries predominantly a bit of whip lash (no it wasn't that good a night I mean a bit like after a car crash). I was aching and took about 2 or 3 hours to sober up. We must have had a serious amount to drink yesterday. In hindsight despite Erica’s concerns beforehand, yesterday was bloody marvellous. We however had to leave at 8:30 the following day and we just couldn’t face another day like yesterday. We considered hiring some tubes and just floating down the river having a few beers and maybe some opium pizzas (only joking mother) and taking it easy, but we knew we would get smashed again and do loads of mad stuff. If tubing was 2 or 3 quid each we would definitiley have gone. At 6.50 each plus about 1 a can or more for a bucket our budget couldn’t stretch. We would both have liked to have stayed longer and gone again the following day but our pace on this speed tour means us moving on quickly and then get more flights this time to Cambodia therefore missing more of Laos so we simply couldn’t stay. Furthermore the fact that we would further risk infection from the red eye was another pathetic middle aged reason for us to move on.

We had another mince around town and Erica bought some clothes. I asked Erica to kill me if I bought a "Tubing the Vang Vieng" muscle vest so one of the few items of clothing the Lady has bought on this trip had to be a tubing top. She also bought a dress or skirt or something that looks nice, total bill about 4. I found myself a rather large sword for about 4 but didn’t think I would get it on a plane although the woman selling it insisted it would be fine.

Erica had an afternoon sleep and I did a bit of blogging, then we went out to watch the tubers come in from a day on the razz. Well we only counted 10 people come back before cut off time and there must be about 150 – 200 on the river. A few people looked worse for where after the sun had gone down (about 8pm) but there must have been loads of people either still out there trying to get back, asleep in a bar or spaced out on psychedelic shrooms. I think most things have been found on blackpool beach but never a spaced out tuber, can someone have a look.

Again tubing is not quite what we expected there must be loads of ways of doing it from going at it like a 'head the ball', to going for a quiet mince down the deserted river at 8:30am. Loads of people write allover themselves how many days they have been tubing for I think we saw only a weak effort of about 20 days. We have heard of people spending their year out tubing when they are about 18. I don’t think I would have survived tubing when I was 18, but then again I would never have had pathetic middle age excuses for not going 2 days in a row such as a hangover and not being able to move my head. Oh yeah nearly forgot I also oddly have nail polish on my nails and bits of string tied around my arms today. Nothing like a good lash up is there.
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