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Night market
 
My last day in Vang Vieng I hung out with a British girl named Alex. We rode our bikes about 15 km out of town and came upon this village.  As we rode through a half dozen kids started chasing after us, wiggling with delight.  They all took their turns reaching out and touching the skin of our arms and giggling.  What's funny is it wasn't just the kids, the adults were super friendly too and sometimes when we were riding by, the women would reach out and touch us, laughing- like we were such a novelty.  What an experience!!
 
I met an Isreali guy on my way to Luang Prabang.  The six hour bus ride provided ample opportunity for some amazing conversations about science, religion, travel, politics- its been so great.
Naga head of a wat
  He is a Liberal Isreali, doesn't support what his country is doing to the Palestinians and Lebanese, nonetheless he served in the army. The guy is my age, in fact, two months younger than me and he has killed 5 people!  What a tough life- this world sucks some times.
 
Note:  The above entry was written a week ago, as I passed through Luang Prabang the first time.
 
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Written today:

 One thing that is great about everywhere in Laos is that there are not too many cars and motorcycles zooming around.  Everybody uses public transportation so their isn't so much noise pollution in the air.  The beautiflul city of Luang Prabang is no exception- I love it here because it is nothing like dirty, stinky Bangkok.
At the steps of the Royal Palace Wat
 

There are countless wats scattered throughout Luang Prabang and at any time of the day one can spot a half dozen or so vibrant orange robes floating through the streets with black umbrellas in hand- casting a bit of relief from the heat of the day.  At 6 a.m. every morning I am woken by the monks as they go about their morning rituals, sending music into the air.  I have been taking early morning walks through the city.  The place has a wholly different feel before the throng of tourists emerge from their guesthouses and fill the streets. 

Tomorrow I am catching a ride on a cargo ship to the small town of Pakbeng.  Its going to be a grueling 7 hour trip, but I am told the views of the Mekong river are amazing.
 

 
 
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Night market
Night market
Naga head of a wat
Naga head of a wat
At the steps of the Royal Palace W…
At the steps of the Royal Palace …
Night Market
Night Market
Naga head of a wat
Naga head of a wat
My friend John- we have been hangi…
My friend John- we have been hang…
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