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The following morning we had a great lie in and felt fully refreshed so we got dressed and headed out to look for breakfast wearing trainers, trousers, jumper and hat we left the hostel and there it was heat. Heat, heat, we couldn’t see properly without our sunglasses. I suggested we go back to the guesthouse and change back into our summer clothes. It’s incredible the changes in temperatures we are passing through, with the sun and a cup of tea and I was back.
We hired a couple of bikes to explore this fine city, that’s right Vientiane is the capital of Laos and we were amazed at how peaceful it was, hardly any traffic, no noise and very laid back...perfect I thought. Defiantly a million miles from the crazy Vietnam cities we saw. As we cycled around the city taking in all the sights, it was perfect, people are so friendly here always shouting hello as we pass. We visited Wat Si Saket temple and then stopped at COPE Visitors Centre (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) It is the main source of artificial limbs and walking aids for land mine victims. We learned a lot about the cluster bombs that litter their country and heard different stories of victims. One of the guys working there asked Justin if he could draw a house so he said “Yeah I can”. The next thing I saw was Justin designing a house for this guy, he was building a house and the builder was starting work the following day and needed some plans. I was amazed; he had a scrap of paper with such a basic drawing on it, by the time Justin was finished he had full plans to hand to the builder. I think Justin got a little carried away when I heard him trying to explain formulas to this Laos guy, who looked so confused. I reminded Justin where he was and told him to just draw the house. In return we got a free cup of tea, it was so funny. We took the guys email address and agreed to keep in touch so he can show us the finished article.
We cycled around the whole day having a right giggle; there something about mopeds, motorbikes and bicycles that make any situation so much more fun, they are such a great way to explore a town or city and every time we hire one we end up having a lot of fun.
We left Vientiane the following morning hoping that the rest of Laos was as laid back as the capital, because I loved it.