Rafting, Cycling & Nuclear Scientist
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After breakfast I picked up my mountain bike (EUR1 per day) and cycled to the bus station. The cycle shop man helped me on ... oh dear, my bike in the aisle of the minibus wasn't a good idea but the man said it was OK and perfectly normal.
Even though I had to pay one fare for the bike (and one for myself) I was rather embarassed by the inconvenience I had caused ... the bike was obstructing three rows of seats. But people here are tolerant (whereas in the West people are considerate instead).
Forty minutes I hopped off and was met by my pre-arranged boatman who took me on a 1.5 hour punt on a bamboo raft (with my bike on board). The shallow river is damed up in many places along the way, with drops of about 1 metre.
Being the dry season, I had to hop off while the boatman push the boat down to the next level ... but we were able to just glide down to the next level in a few spots ... like white water rafting. Yee ha! Not quite the tranquility I had expected even though the sedate moments were very appreciated ... there were very nice reflections of the mountains in the clear river water.
When my river ride finished, I cycled back to town along tracks in the rice paddies and past small villages. Very pretty with the limestone hills everywhere ... everything seems prettier from a bike ... I can now understand why people cycle through Vietnam or Sumatra.
I'm now updating this blog in an internet cafe the size of over 10 school classrooms .
In the evening, I went to "Impressions Liu San Jie" (see separate item) on a perfect full moon night. It was the most amazing show I've ever seen in my life. I met a French family in the transport there and helped them (a very little bit) ... we ended up having dinner together and them paying for it. That was a very kind gesture ... they obviously hadn't taken offence at my attempt at French ... which is limited to: wee wee, ppptt, ppffft and "what a piiteee!". One of the brothers is a nuclear scientist working for a French company but deployed to the USA.