Prologue: Back to Mother Mekong
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November 5th, 2009 – by: edsander
So, Laos it was. The 'where' had been set. Now the 'how'. I'd made several group travels in the past but I had arranged an individual journey with Bart last year which was a welcome diversion for me. Noticing that most group travels to Laos could only be made when combined with visits to Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam made the choice all the more easy. So another individually organised trip it was. I began comparing various organised trips in the country and before long I found myself combining bits and pieces into 'the ultimate Laos experience'. I wanted it all: trekking, temples, hill tribes, island hopping, tubing, kayaking, waterfalls and not skipping some of the must-see sights of the country along the way. Culture and adventure, that's what I wanted.
I was convinced that I wasn't going to do this on my own. I'm not someone who likes to travel alone. As a matter of fact, I really like travelling in a group, although 8-10 people might be enough for me. This got me thinking. What if I gathered all those fun people around me that I'd travelled with in recent years. Like-minded folks with whom I'd really connected. What an excellent idea. Before long I found myself asking ten people if they wanted to join me. They basically all wanted to come along, but at the end of the day there were various reasons why they couldn't. They'd either didn't have enough days off left, were selling their houses, were changing jobs and I actually had to convince someone that it might not be a good idea to go to Laos three weeks after his wife would have given birth to their first born !
Having said that, there were three people that immediately said YES! No matter what would have to be arranged, they'd join me.
I spent the last month before the trip reading more about the country. Once a journey nears I start developing an insatiable thirst for background information.
I got my renewed vaccination, malaria pills and I even decided to buy a mini notebook for this trip. My PDA and bluetooth keyboard had been of excellent service in recent years but the battery was starting to fail and I'd been spending too much time in dodgy Internet cafes fiddling around with pictures to be uploaded amd catching all kinds of computer virusses along the way. This tiny 1 kg tool offered much more functionality and user friendliness without the need to carry a laptop around. Yeah sure, call me crazy but I like to do my writing while on the road ... as you will notice.
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