#74 - First full day in Luang Prabang - Monks, Museum, Massage & My New Lao Friends :)
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I got up SUPER early to check out the monks giving alms in the morning. I actually woke up WAY before I needed to & headed outside (and since I had stayed up watching that stupid movie the night before, I actually didn't sleep that much!) It was so funny, the minute I stepped out of my guesthouse, I felt like I was jumped on by this lady who was selling rice to give to the monks. I was so out of it & I didn't really have a good handle of the money (Kip - which has so many zeros, & you feel like a millionaire b/c it's 8500 kip to every dollar!!) so I'm not even sure how much money I gave her. But whatever, it was cool sitting on the ground & as the monks went by, putting some rice into their pots.
After that, I went back to the guesthouse & crashed for a few hours! When I finally woke up I explored a little bit more of the town. I hit the Royal National Museum and really enjoyed it! The walls inside are GORGEOUS - it's all these mosaics made of glass that tell a bunch of stories. And they are HUGE, all over the walls. I wish I could have taken pictures, but they don't let you bring anything in.
When I finished at the museum, I have to say - I was craving some pizza.
After pizza my plan was to check out the traditional Lao massage. After all, I don't think I'd had a massage in at least a day, so I needed to fix that situation. The Lonely Planet recommended Khmu Massage and I can't tell you how happy I am that I decided to go there!!!! Not only for the great massage, but this is where I met two local Lao guys who ended up being my buddies for the rest of my time here.
When my massage was done I was SOOOOO tired from my day. I ended up going back to the Sayo guesthouse and crashing. I decided I was going to move guest houses the next day because there was some weird machine that kept making loud noises right behind my bathroom. My friend Allie, from Pai, had stayed in Phousi Guesthouse #1, so I figured I would try there. It turned out to be cheaper than where I was staying & a bit nicer.
I did a good job tonight of not turning on the t.v. and just going straight to sleep! Actually, I'm reading a great book - When Heaven and Earth Changed Places - recommended to me by Michelle Lapinski before I left on my trip. It's about Vietnam & I've actually been reading that before I go to bed every night....it's a fascinating book & I'm glad I'm reading it before I head into Vietnam.