#78 - swimming in the river & reuniting with the tamarind crew
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I woke up EXHAUSTED today! I think all the whiskey & beerlao from the day before wore me out! I had a very lazy morning & kind of wandered aimlessly around for a bit. I of course ended up at Joma for my morning coffee & egg. :)
On top of being tired, it was SO HOT today. The sky had finally cleared & there was no smoke in the sky & it was actually BLUE. SO exciting. But also SO hot. San (my other friend from Mala travel) and I were supposed to hang out but we hadn't made any definitive plans. Eventually he texted me & asked if I wanted to go swimming. How perfect!!!
So, he picked me up on his motorbike (I'm defintiely getting used to this way of travel!) and we headed down to this very cool restaurant called Donsuvan (something like that).
Anyway, we met one of his friends there and we hung out & drank some beer for a bit & had a little lunch (morning glory & fried rice!). I felt like I was in Dewey Beach for Lao people almost. :) After we hung out for awhile, it was time to swim so we headed down to the river. I had brought my bathing suit with me - but it was actually going to be more appropriate for me to swim in my clothes than in my bathing suit! The Lao people are actually quite shy & it would have been really weird for me to bust out the swim suit! So, there I was - swimming in the Nam river with all of my clothes on! It was so much fun!!!! The river was pretty strong so walking upstream was quite a challenge.
We swam & did all sorts of competitions - who could stay under longer, who could walk upstream faster, who could swim downstream faster - etc & it was just a lot of fun!!! :)
I had wanted to make sure I got to hear the monks chant today, so we came in from the river with enough time to get me to the temple by 5:30pm.
I had such a nice, mellow, relaxing time there. I was there early this time so I actually had time to just sit & meditate & chill by myself. :) Then, at 5:30pm the monks started. Wow. It was so amazing & hypnotic to listen to them chant for a half hour.
Anyway, it was incredibly peaceful & I'm so excited I got to experience it.
Brian of course was there AND it just so happened that Steve & Susan were to! So fun!!! So, the three of us hung out for awhile talking to different monks. They were all so happy to stay and speak with us. Turns out they had an exam the next day so they were all nervous & mentioned they would be studying very hard that night.
After that, the four of us went out to dinner! Such a great meal!!! And we decided to head back to Utopia. The food ended up being excellent and we all had such a great time. Turns out that Steve used to work for Grey Advertising - so I asked him if he knew Darian Heyman, which of course he did.