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The traveller sees what he sees; the tripper sees what he has come to see. – G. K. Chesterton

News Update: Border Dispute

April 4, 2009
by Stuart
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Fighting erupted again on the border of Cambodia and Thailand around the Preah Vihear temple Tina and I visited – and embarrassingly napped through an minor exchange of gunfire. This time the fighting was deadly as both sides had casualties and one of the markets we shopped at was set on fire.

Hopefully they’ll rebuild it with a few more restaurants.

A Lowercase Capital

April 2, 2009
by Stuart
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Tina and me enjoying some good eats.

Vientiane, Laos –  We arrived in Vientiane to find the first six guesthouses full, and were forced to join little groups of tourists wandering around looking for an available bed anywhere. We finally found a hotel that was pretty nice and above our budget – but had wifi and a few welcomed amenities like AC and a shower curtain.

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Can you find Tina?

Wanting to test a theory Ray and Megan told us – that if you pay a bit more in larger cities you end up with a much nicer place then doing so in a smaller town – we decided to book the room. So far, this has proven to be true.

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It was totally that guy.

There isn’t much to do in Vientiane except see a few wats and enjoy some pretty good restaurants. Like southern Laos, the pace of life was slow with a noticeable change being the hammocks were now in the back of tuk-tuks, usually giving the driver a perch for half-hearted squawk to passing tourists. But the tone of his call was one of ambivalence, like he was way more into his nap, but assuaged his quilt by at least offering his services. Occasionally we had to wake up the driver to see if he was working. This behavior wouldn’t be out of place in a sleepy little town, but this was the capital of Laos.

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