Kyla and Nick Around the World travel blog

We can excuse a lot of bad english, but on this sign,...

Out for shakes with friends we met from France, Sylvain and Lilly

In front of the Kaysone museum. He was the Laotian Communist Party...

At the Kaysone Museum - his icon status also draws neighbourhood goats...

Heading to the symbol of Laos, Wat That Luang in Vientiane

Looking up to the main spire

One minute, the monk was there - next second, poof! all that...

Wat That Luang, Vientiane

Long hot day of cycling - heading back into town past the...

Kyla took a weaving and dyeing course one day - here are...

Here is one of the instructors posing with Kyla's dyed scarf.

The loom upon which Kyla worked.

This was the pattern that Kyla worked on for her woven scarf....

We took a trip out to Buddha park, 20Km outside of town....

Buddha park - one man's weird dream: to make dozens and dozens...

Posing with the three headed elephant, the ride of a Hindu God

Sitting with a few Buddha images.

The absolutely immense reclining Buddha in the park

A shot from the huge round "pumpkin" of life over the rest...


Nick writing

From the motorscooter wilds of southern Laos, we've arrived in the capital, Vientiane (pronounced WienChang, if you'd like to respect the Laotian name, and not the French colonial prononciation. Note, though, that it is not pronounced Wang Chung.) Kyla is off at a weaving course today, while I'm catching up on some stuff and looking for a new novel.

Laos is really great - very laid back, but with a very nice vibe to life. And Vientiane is an interesting capital city. No buildings over five or six stories, but some of the best and cheapest food we've ever had. We ate at an incredible french restauruant last night: soup, seared Tuna, wine, and a oozing-chocolate dessert cost us 35 dollars. Total, not each. And that was a huge splurge. We have been spending lots of time at the Scandanavian Bakery eating the great baguettes and croissants and drinking the coffee and 'chocolat chaud'. We also joined in a meditation class at one of the Buddhist temples for an afternoon. It was great, but both of our feet fell asleep during the seated meditation part. That made for an interesting walking meditation portion, as we stumbled around on pins and needles.

We are going to head up to Luang Prabang soon, which will also have good interent access (I hope), and which is a United Nations Heritage city because of all of the temples. From there we'll head north into the hills for two treks - one hiking through villages and forest, and the other kayaking. We'll keep you all posted with photos and stories. In fact, I'll even start to upload some of those 10,000,000 temple photos of our visit to Angkor Wat today (note: if you suffer from temple fatigue, please don't try and look at all of the pictures in one sitting. Take a few days, pace yourself, and you can get through them).



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