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Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Luang Prabang, Laos

while internet access has been intermittent (that’s a generous term for “non-existent for three days”) in Luang Prabang, when we have had it, it’s been FAST, so we’ve uploaded our pictures from the hilltribe trek we did in Thailand….we might be biased, but they include some of the most *qintessential* photo so far….and if you like elephants, you’ll really want to click here to see more (‘specially for you L-family in Wellington!)

OOPS looks like that link is taking you to Mongolia and we haven’t made it there yet – it’s too late to sort out tonight – will try again in a couple of days to fix it.

What’s in ‘da Hood?

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

by Rob
Luang Prabang, Laos

Wats is around us? (Rach edits: I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be another one of the far-too-many-wat-jokes or if it was just a typo!!!!!) What does life look like in a 1km radius of our new “home”. We can buy baguettes, visit temples, watch the monks receiving their alms, buy barbecued anything, shop at the Hmong market, swim in the Mekong (well, we could if we wanted to, but did you see the photos of it a week back? It’s just a bit brown for our liking!), visit the museum, the post office, the ballet, the Telecom office, eat at any number of restaurants – from flash cafes to small road stalls, catch a tuktuk or riverboat, get our laundry done (for those times you just can’t face handwashing another pair of smelly socks shirt in a bucket) and much much more.

All the pics in previous Luang Prabang posts have been taken close to home, within a ten minute walk at most – here are a few more we haven’t used yet!

Yes, Mrs ButcherLady really is sitting on the table!!! Did you notice that?

Mboy6 sums up our enjoyment of this location; three days running he has said he could live here forever!!!!!

inspired by experience

Saturday, November 29th, 2008
by Mama Luang Prabang, Laos  "Sabai dee, Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Would you please take a seat and put down your electronic games as I am about to perform a puppet show for you. Kop chai lai lai" Elephant made ... [Continue reading this entry]

same same summer

Saturday, November 29th, 2008
prompted by Jgirl14's contemplations Luang Prabang, Laos The suddenly nippy mornings caught us by surprise and we found ourselves wondering if summer was nearly over. What it has lacked in length (it's only been seven weeks), it has made up for ... [Continue reading this entry]

real life learning

Friday, November 28th, 2008
by an adult who keeps on learning Luang Prabang, Laos That's what we're into as an educational philosophy and methodology....and where we are staying right now is a perfect environment.


We have the top floor of ... [Continue reading this entry]

same same

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Luang Prabang, Laos 

Even if they don't speak English, there is one phrase that everyone here uses:

same sameIn case you don't notice it (and honestly, you cannot miss it if you're here for a few ... [Continue reading this entry]

"road routine"

Thursday, November 27th, 2008
started by the tired parent, finished by the one who was up early stoking the fire! Luang Prabang, Laos We have been asked, "So how do you guys manage to travel around with a family AND maintain a blog?"

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Tourist Life in Laos?!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
Rob writes Luang Prabang, Laos

that's our balcony on the right up there The New York Times touts Luang Prabang as the ONE "must see" destination - period. What makes a destination suddenly become 'chic' ... [Continue reading this entry]

Just As We Expected

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
By Rachael Luang Prabang, Laos We rounded a corner and a scene that could have come from any of the South East Asia novels we had read was spread before us. A fast-flowing murky brown river curved through the foreground. A ... [Continue reading this entry]


Monday, November 24th, 2008
by Jboy12 Luang Prabang, Laos We just stayed with a lady who was 105 years old! She had one son and he had fifteen children, now aged from 29 to 60. And they think eight is a lot (well, it is, ... [Continue reading this entry]