#75 - another amazing day in LP
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I woke up early and headed over to JOMA - a bakery that was recommended that I check out. GREAT COFFEE!!!! Woo hoo!! And, it's a nice air-conditioned very comfortable restaurant. Great way to start the day! After my breakfast, I went to check out Big Brother Mouse (appropriate since I used to do Big Brother/Big Sister...now it's just a Big Brother Mouse...not sure why a mouse, but there you have it). I heard that you could go each day from 9am - 11am to help local Lao kids practice their English. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but when I walked in, there were a couple boys sitting at a table reading their books. I spoke to the guy in charge and asked if they needed my help. He said, "those boys are waiting to talk to you".
I then switched guesthouses, which was painless. Thankfully, I didn't have to walk too far & I was excited to settle in to my new place.
After getting settled, I decided to walk by Mala Travel (that's where Vithoun & San work) to say hi and to make sure Vithoun knew I was in for the wedding the next day. Vithoun was eating lunch when I arrived and he asked me to join him. We went outside to the little stands of food that women have set up all over the place & I got a bag of sticky rice, some BBQed pork, some chili sauce & then a piece of fried banana just for kicks.
While we were lunching, I decided that I wanted to go to the waterfalls that day - so Vithoun hooked me up with a trip. The minivan picked me up at my guesthouse at 1:15pm (was supposed to be 1:30pm) and I was, at first, so impressed with their efficiency. But then, I later realized that I was the FIRST of TEN people they were picking up and we spent the next 45 minutes driving around Luang Prabang (that is actually quite a feat because the town is tiny) before we ended up leaving for the waterfalls. It was all good though....I settled into the fact that I was on the van & it was going to be what it was going to be. Bow Pen Yang as they say here! (no problem!)
The drive to the Kwansi Falls was about 45 minutes - but it was a gorgeous drive and the sky looked like it was actually clearing from all of the smoke.
And I LOVED the waterfalls!!! They were so gorgeous....there were tons of them that just spilled into each other...and there were all these wonderful swimming areas. I went swimming in one of the smaller, less populated ones & it was SO refreshing. I really loved my time there. I only wish I had a bit more. Since we were on the minivan, we had to be back at a certain time. If I were to do it again, I would rent a private tuk-tuk or car or whatever just so I wasn't controlled by the time constraints of the minivan with 10 people in it.
Another highlight from the waterfalls was all the bears they had at the base of it. They rescued them from poachers & they have this whole bear playground set up.
I ended up chatting with & hanging out with several of the people in our mini-van at different points during the day at the waterfalls. There was the French couple who had the same Keen sandals that I did, the guy from Thailand who reminded me of some of the folks I had met over there, these 2 girls from the Phillipines who reminded me of my candidates at Glocap (lots of admin assist candidates were from the Phillipines). Everyone was super friendly and really added to the experience. It's really so wonderful to be meeting and talking to people who are literally from all over the world! :)
On the way back into town, we stopped off at a village. It's kind of funny because they are totally set up for tourists to walk through the village & sell things to you.
I decided to hit the night market again because there were a few things I wanted to buy that I hadn't been able to decide on the night before. Before I went shopping though, I had a big Beerlao with my dinner. Probably a bad thing to do before shopping.
Actually, one more thing of note that night was that I hit the Vegetarian buffet at the night market for dinner. It was 5000 kip - that is UNDER a dollar - and you get a plate that you can fill up as high as possible with all sorts of veggies & noodles & rice dishes. It was GREAT! I ended up sitting across from this darling girl from Brussels. Her name was Annemie (sounds sort of like enemy) and she was just this very poised, mature, confident, sweet 18-year old who was traveling on her own. I was SO impressed with her. How awesome to do a trip like this so young & to be so aware of what you are doing. She totally got it and she is just going to be so worldly (she really already is).
So after dinner, I did some drunk shopping and then headed back to my place! Another great day in Luang Prabang!