Having a full blown relationship with Pakse

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
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Trip End Dec 24, 2011


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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Champasak,
Saturday, November 5, 2011

5/11/2011

We get up and get on the boat (after waiting a while) to take us to the mainland, very much looking forward to returning to Pakse. When on the mainland, we wait again for the bus to show up. While we wait the guys at the port entertain us by playing shit music on their phones and catching a snake, only to throw it over into a stream. (German lady says, as it falls, "Snakes have headaches too!)

We cram in to an over full minibus, seated at the front next to the driver, and make our way. Once back at Pakse we book into the place we stayed at with Judith, with the caged singing birds and squirrels. As we pass restaurants we frequented, the staff wave and say 'Sabaidee' and when we go into an internet cafe with laundry to get done, the girl says, "you still here!" Aaah Pakse. Good to be back.

We decide to leave in two days for Ubon Ratchathani, in Thailand so that we can have a clearer idea of whether or not travelling to Bangkok is effected by the floods. And also email Judith, who is already there, and who we will meet up with and travel together. We even book our bus with the overly pushy guy at the Indian restaurant, just because we are in a good mood. And then we eat curry.

After an afternoon of strolling and preparing for our departure to Thailand, we decide to do something crazy. We buy WINE COOLERS and TAKE THEM BACK TO OUR GUESTHOUSE for a PARTY. And party we do, in honor of new baby George, Claire and Jo dance the night away (until at least 10:30!!) 

6/11/2011

As a final tribute to Laos we rent motorbikes and drive around town, stopping for sticky rice and fish soup and to walk around the markets. What we also do is a huge blog marathon, which is why now for the first time in 2 and a half months, we are up to date. 

We bid farewell to Laos and look forward to Thailand tomorrow.  
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soph on

baby george! Cool name! congrats xxx

Very ill at the moment (got fever/flu and viral infection) so just spent the last couple of hours (i am ill.....so am slow at reading....) reading your banter blog. Made me smile (not enough energy to laugh)
Maya made me chicken noodle soup yesterday and brought me flowers, and we talked about you two ...we miss you!
Nooooo Year is defo reserved for banter with you two xxxxxxxxx

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