We arrived back in Pohang yesterday from a couple of weeks in the Laos People's Democratic Republic: Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Xam Neua and Vieng Xai.
Though Laos is not a destination I would ever have immediately considered, had you asked me where I would choose to spend a two week vacation - primarily because it is landlocked, I suppose, and whenever "vacation" registers in my mind a beach isn't far behind - it was a very eye-opening, very unique, adventure. I'll be writing about the trip over the next couple of days, so check back for the pictures and stories.
Some of the highlights (and a lowlight or two): bathing an elephant, playing petanque with some government workers, lighting paper hot air lanterns under the new year's full moon, drinking goat's blood mixed with lao-lao, exploring the caves which hid the communist party members during the CIA's 9-year secret bombing campaign (in which the US dropped 2 tons of bombs per person in Laos), herbal saunas and Laos massages, meditation with some Buddhist monks, a 40-hour bus trip which included some chalk outlines by the police, meeting a woman born in the caves and her husband from Tennessee...
Unfortunately, on the way to catch our return flight, we realized that we misplaced one of our cameras, which contained 2gbs of photos and all of the videos we had taken. Bummer.