Category Archives: Laos

Laos: Third Time’s a Charm, Just Like the First Two Times

Warning: this post is mostly an excuse to upload a few pictures that I really like. Did I ever tell you the story about the time my horde of cyclist friends and I spent too much time dilly-dallying around Vietnam?  … Continue reading

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Over the River and Through the Woods (The Christmas Post)

First there were four. Then two. Then four. Then three. Then five. Then seven. Then nine, for a few hours. Then seven. The once more five. Perhaps soon eight and then down to six. (Left to right: Chris’, mine, Mark’s, … Continue reading

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Laos in a Word

Yesterday we cycled from before the morning fog had lifted until well after the evening sun had set, covering 100km and climbing two mountains on our way out of Laos and into Vietnam. Now that I’m surrounded once again by … Continue reading

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Lao Kids: Still Freakin Adorable

Not much has changed since I rode through Laos four months ago. That time, it was from the Chinese border (north-north) to the Thai border (central), and this time it’s Thai border (west-northwest) to Vietnam border (north-northeast), but I’ve still … Continue reading

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Laos Stats

Basics: Dates: 12 June 2013 – 11 July 2013 (30 Days) 3RR Days 301-330 Visa: On-the-spot. US$37 at Mohan (China) / Borten (Laos) border crossing. No hassles. Riding: Kilometers ridden: 637 km Daily Average: 21.2323 km Days on/off bike: 13/17 … Continue reading

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Chowing Down at the Organic Mulberry Farm

Organic Farm Vang Vieng, in addition to being my home and office for ten days, is one of the top-rated restaurants in the city. LP even gives it a special mention as having a nice vegetarian menu. I didn’t know … Continue reading

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Gettin’ Busy at the Organic Mulberry Farm

La mia anima sa scieglre tra valori. In alcuni si trova meglio. E perche’ allora non dovrei gettermici a corpo perduto? – Cesare Pavese, Journals. My soul knows how to choose among values. It’s happier with some than with others. … Continue reading

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Lao Food: The Beaten Track, and Off

As you all should know by now, Chinese food was, is, and shall always be amazing. Except for in the deepest mountain non-villages, every restaurant had a fridge stocked with tons of veggies, my choice of which could be fried … Continue reading

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A Day Abnormal By Any Other Standards

Editor’s Note: I wrote this about three weeks ago when I was still a Laos newbie. Might as well post it though. I don’t know why I’m writing this. Proud? Amazed? Baffled? Today was a day weirder than most, and … Continue reading

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How Laos Nearly Killed My Blog

Every once in a while, I ponder what it would be like not to have a blog. After all, I’ve been blogging pretty much without interruption since 2005 when I spent the winter semester in Italy. I guess I did … Continue reading

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