Day 4

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Day 4 – October 27, 2007

Today I have discovered the infinite joys of Thai Massage.  It is something between chiropractic, yoga and therapeutic and is absolutely wonderful.  We started our day with an hour of it and it was love at first spinal crack. You are provided with a pair of very large pants with a string that you tie in the back and a large tunic like shirt.  They then proceed to work every joint and muscle in your body.  I felt like a million bucks by the end of it.  We walked around the market for a while, had lunch and decided it wouldn’t be so bad to feel like 3 million bucks.  We found another place called the Healthy Garden and promptly laid down for the best 2 hour massage of my life. 

That night, as we walked around enjoying the festival that is the end of Buddhist Lent, we saw people igniting paper, floating lanterns.
Monks launching a floating lantern - they keep going till you can't seem them anymore
  They have a small flammable ring that you light and then the square white paper bag above it inflates like a hot air balloon and when it’s full enough with hot air, it takes off into the sky quite rapidly.  They are beautiful to watch and we even tried one ourselves.  Fortunately we didn’t catch it on fire and it soared majestically into the sky.  A little while later we watched with unabashed interest as a group of monks lit several of them and sent them into the great beyond.  The most amazing thing was to see them lifting above the buildings all around us and lighting up the darkened sky like stars that had gotten a little too close…  That was day 4.

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Street in Nong Khai
Street in Nong Khai
Monks launching a floating lantern…
Monks launching a floating lanter…
The floating bar at our hotel
The floating bar at our hotel
From the floating bar at our hotel
From the floating bar at our hotel
Monks lighting a floating lantern
Monks lighting a floating lantern
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photo by: Laurabob