Day 1: First Day in Vientiane, Lao PDR

Thursday 1st September

Adjusting from the end of a rather mild Melbourne winter to a steamy hot Lao end-of-wet season climate.  I think I’ve been craving it for weeks (years?) now, and hey, you get used to sweating and washing a few times a day.  Loving it!

Breakfast buffet of cold eggs and French bread, sour mandarins and banana on offer.  I should get used to the more filling rice and vege type Asian breakfasts – smelt good but my psyche says No!  And weak coffee with powdered milk.

Opened bank account…

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Lunch with my colleagues and Steve (my sister’s friend from Perth here on business).  Bank, set up phone, kip for spending Aaah, cool breeze, reasonable temperature ~27 degrees.  Everything is making sense.  Loving it.

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Our guided tour with Seuth [Lao Horizons Travel] – an excellent English speaker who worked as a teacher before.  And spent 7 years aged 13-20 as a monk learning ‘morality’.  He thinks it is very good that schools are now building moral teachings into their curriculum.  A very informative afternoon.

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Stupa and statue (update with proper name!)

 

 

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Lots of old French Colonial influences
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Dried Squid – from Vietnam

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Beer Lao 640ml (5% alc/vol)                        10,000 kip

 

Honghua cigarettes (20)                               3,000 kip

A grand total of 13,000 kip (about $2AUD) and I’m one happy chappy!

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