As I am sitting here at the airport at 11pm I still haven’t processed I am leaving. The first day back in Hanoi we relaxed in the hotel room and went to the beer corner for one last time. The second day we hung out with Lily and then got grilled food on the street and had lemon tea by Hoam Kiem Lake.
Today we went to the friendship village, had lunch at our favorite local spot.. mmm.. vegetatarian stir fry and got my last yogurt coffee at new sky which the manager gave to us for free for always bringing new people there. It was nice to go back to the friendship village and to see the love returned and the ones that remembered me. I do feel as thought I am ready to end my travels but at the same time once I get a job again I’ll want to be on the road again. I wonder if any of the people I met on my travels will remember me. If I will see any of them again.
The people you meet on the road are completely different than people at home. We all strive to break out of our ordinary lives but also to see what the world can show us. Traveling is not easy in fact it shouldn’t be. There are struggles that start out in every new city where to go where to stay. What the normal price for something is. I don’t think I would have been able to do this at all without Jenn. She made this trip amazing by having her have me meet all of her family and friends and places she knew in all the cities in Vietnam. I hope that she will be ok in Vietnam and by ok I mean that she finds happiness in a job as much or half as much as she found happiness in Julie. I know that there is no date for her to come back which is great. Let her continue the amazing life she created for herself here. I can’t wait to get back to my community at home but I don’t know how much I want to share my stories. I don’t want to see their responses to something I lived out. I will share the same few stories but the rest are for my selves and the videos.
So the last entry I wrote on June 30th events changed that night! Jenn was playing the ukele with the receptionist downstairs and met this guy named Simon from Australia who is traveling with his sister and his sisters boyfriend Jake. We met up with them at a bar called Infinity and played pool and walked around Ho Ann. While we were walking a guy tried to rob me on a bike but instead punched me in the boob! What the fuck! Having a purse is very dangerous, I have learned to always be on alert on the streets.
We walked to this club Volcano right next to our hotel and basically just laughed at the young drunk british people on the dance floor and just enjoyed each others company. It was around 3am when we got back to our hotel room which those guys were two doors down from our room. I wish the night ended there but they came in with vodka and we played drinking games and Jake left after 5am but Simon invited himself to sleepover. After he did that we got complete creeper vibes and got him out of our room and avoided him all the next day. We woke up around 2 or 3pm and Jenn was too tired to go to Da Nang so we stayed another night and had a lazy night in! We ate Indian food and then relaxed at a café by the center of town.
We woke up bright and early and left Hoi An and we took a public bus to Da Nang! We got the biggest room at this hotel for $15 a night and proceeded to motorbike to the beach and watch the sunset. Later that night we walked far across the Dragon Bridge to a place with all locals and had great food with lots of beers and talked to a bunch of guys. They love to take photos with us and a guy brought us lollipops. Weird?
The next day we rode motorbikes to Marble Mountain and took in the views like Jenn did two years earlier and then we went to Monkey Mountain! We watched the sunset there and rode our bike down to the Big Lady Buddha at the bottom of the mountain. The bike kept dying but luckily it pulled through. We watched a lightning storm at Lady Buddha and then had soup for dinner and then yogurt for dessert. It was a really lovely day.
The next day we were going to leave but they were out of bus tickets. So we just walked around town, got lazy and watched movies that night. I feel like as I have gotten older I like having my energy for the day time activities more than going out at night! The next morning we got a bus to Hue and after walking for two hours we found a great hotel for $12 a night. We rented bicycles and strolled around town before getting drunk and dancing at a bar called Brown Eye Bar where Jenn was two years earlier! Today we will go to the Nguyen Dynasty before leaving for our 5pm bus to Hanoi. My trip is basically over. It’s a feeling of sadness and excitement for whats next. I know my travels don’t end but man it went by fast.
Today is our fourth day in Hoi An! The first day we got here we walked around with two girls I briefly met when I did the Cu Chi Tunnel Tour in Saigon. We decided to part ways with them (they weren't our cup of tea) and we got our own room with a really nice receptionist for $9 a night. A note for all backpackers: You don't always need to prebook hotels online. Sometimes just going from hotel to hotel and bartering works just as well. The cutest thing about the hotel we chose is that the old guy that works graveyard shift actually sets up a cot every night by the receptionist desk and he is the security of the building! He goes to bed at 9pm every night so when we get back really late we have to wake him up but he is so smiley and nice! He must get woken up twenty times a night but it is awesome to have this feeling of security.
So the first day we took it slow and walked around this adorable town. At night we went to the latern night market where there were the same trinkets sold by many different vendors and the lanterns were gorgeous so I got a few to give to my friends when I get back. The next day we rode a motorbike an hour and a half to My Son Ruins! It was so much fun I love riding a motorbike and I got a bit tanner too since we rode all day and on the way back to town it was pouring down rain! What an adventure, I could ride a motorbike everyday as my commuter.
Yesterday we were going to go on this free bike tour so we woke up at 7am but it was pouring down rain. We had coffee at this amazing restaurant that we have ate at now 3 days in a row. 50 dong for a huge breakfast or fajita. (that is $2.50). The rain slowed down after a while so we decided to rent our own bikes and head to Carpenter Island and really got to see how locals live. It was beautiful and quiet. We were there for 2 hours then we went to this vegetable farm area to see locals maintaining their own gardens and ate at the best restaurant meal we have had in Vietnam! The bike ride home of course it was pouring down rain again but we were so used to it at this time that we didn't even mind! It was a lot of fun and after the biking adventure we came home to relax watch the show Broad City and go out for a few drinks. Also Jenn had a custom shoes made and I had a dress altered! I am about to go pick it up. Today we have just been relaxing in the town not doing too much. I love these relaxing days. Tomorrow we are on our way to Da Nang!
We arrived in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the morning after another all nighter bus ride we got out of the bus and instantly met two guys named Leo from Italy and Mike from New Zealand. They asked if we had a hostel we were going to and we had them walk with us to the hostel Jenn lived in for 3 months two years ago called MyMy Guesthouse. We went and had coffee with Leo and Mike and just chatted for a while relaxing and getting ready to explore our new city. We talked about each others backgrounds and what they like and disliked about different countries and their upbringings. We talked for two hours it was perfect.
Later that evening we met Bunny and Georgia who shared our hostel room and went out for drinks with them on Pham Ngu Lao Street! We went to a bar that had seating on the floor outside of it like all of the other bars and Jenn knew the bar owner! She recognized Jenn because of her beanie hahah. With Jenn I can always count on normal bar talks to get deep and intimate because when you meet so many people constantly while traveling nobody cares what your job was really and where you have been; just get down to the good conversations. Then Leo and Mike joined us for a few more drinks and then Georgia and Bunny left us 4. We went out to two different bars on the same street and at the first bar we had the whole dance floor to our selves! We were getting down and being silly with so many laughs. The first one we all danced and the second one we went to the second floor where no one was and played pool. We got back around 3am. Just a good night with good people.
The second day we had dinner and shakes with 3 of Jennifers friends she volunteered with 2 years ago. Jenn has a way of surrounding herself with genuine good hearted people. That’s one think I love about the youth in Vietnam. You don’t need to be under the influence to hang out late like in America. You can just drink some juice or tea and just have normal conversations. Even when I don't know what they are talking about and I kind of zone out I still smile listening to how happy everyone is to be with one another.
The third day Georgie, Bunny and I went to Cu Chi tunnels that the Vietnamese used in the Vietnam War. Crawling through the tunnels it was crazy to believe that people lived in those for years. That night we went to a really fancy Vietnamese restaurant with Jennifers aunt and uncle and niece. It was nice to meet family from Jenns moms side down here since I met Jenn's dads side of the family in Northern Vietnam. After dinner and chatting and listening to their stories (the food was incredible by the way) Jenn and I walked to frog lake and just sat and talked about life. How we have now been to four countries and learned more about ourselves throughout our time in this journey and how we will continue to grow and better ourselves when it ends. The fourth day we went shopping and got a bunch of things! Like a fake purse and some shirts and some headphones. Now that we only have a few more cities to go to before ending up in Hanoi and flying home I finally feel like I can buy stuff. After shopping we met Jenns Friends again at the Opera house. We had tea with milk sat in a circle, ate peanuts and just chatted before getting on our 9:30pm bus to Nha Trang!
We got into Nha Trang at 7am and found a hotel for $12.50 a night and for the first time in a long time got my own room! I loved having my own space. I then went to Jenns Grandmas house which she has had since 1975 and I was the first ever foreigner in it. I met her cousin Ve and we went out for coffee. Later that night Julie came in from her flight from Hanoi and I stayed in my room so they could have their alone time. The next day we went on a Four Island Tour tour around on a boat and went from island to island while snorkeling at all of the stops! We ate on the boat and next thing we know it turned into a karaoke boat with two other boats next to us! And surprise Jen and Julie and I were the only foreigners on all three boats and everyone wanted us to sing. We sang Oasis Waterfall after Karaoke the 3 boats made a triangle and we jumped in the water to a guy on a raft giving us free alcohol! That’s where I met a guy named Michael who asked me on a date but I denied. Afterwards we got brewed beer at the only bar that brews there own beer in Nha Trang before getting into the sailor club for free! (150,000 dong) We were on such a happy high dancing and having fun that we put our stuff under a chair to drunkly swim and got it stolen including my dress. Worst feeling ever. The next day we were so sad we hardly did anything besides analyze what happened and where we would go from there. Luckily I know its just money and a week worth of footage and my license and glasses. Such a hard lesson learned but I know I will never take off my money belt and upload pictures every few days. The next day we hung out at grandmas and just ate and walked around with Ve.
Yesterday we just did the same thing except we had a few beers with Stephen and Remi that we met earlier in Pai, Thailand! So great to catch up with them again I would love to see them in the future one day! Nha Trang is a wonderful place with tons to do, tons to eat but it will leave a bitter taste in my mouth since we were dumbasses and had our stuff stolen.
We spent two nights in a bungalow next to the beach for $15 a night each... and it just made me fall in love with Koh Rong. Waking up in a white mosquito net bedding and opening our little door to our balcony to the view of paradise sitting in a hammock is the most incredible feeling. On the second night we went to a bar called Cocos (there is less than a handful on the beach and all right next to each other) that had quiz night that we sucked at! I have never been good at trivia games. But we have been hanging out with the same friends a few days that we met a few days back the entire time.
On the third day after swimming in the water having fun we went to a beach called 4K Beach and to get there we had to climb over a bunch of rocks and walk a while down the beach. Once we arrived there was nobody else around and it was incredible to be in this moment of 'holy shit this is my life'. The beach was really shallow and reminded me of the dunes in Pullman, WA where I went to college. After we played for hours at the beach with our german friends we made our way back to the main part of Koh Rong when all of a sudden while walking through the forrest we found ourself in somebody else party on the beach. It was a local man who was having a celebration feast with all of his friends and family because he just opened up a brand new bungalow resort like the one we are staying at! Now I was drunk and when they insisted all of us to join them and eat I couldn’t say no! They had clams, shrimp, lobster, crab, noodles, rice and I ate it all! Jenn was having a rap off with a drunk guy going “babadee, babadoo” and that guy was trying to hit on our german girlfriend Indra so Jenn and I would interrupt him from trying to kiss her. They were such sincere guys that gave us tons of free beer and just wanted to see us happy which we were! (Besides the creeper kisser man) All of us were so happy it was a moment I will always remember.
The next day Jenn and I relaxed with everyone until 4pm when we left back to Sihanoukville. Did I mention it is a crazy boat ride to go back and forth from this island? At least it wasn't too long of a ride. Since everything is imported onto this small island that means that a lot of people that live there permanently have to go back and forth constantly. We spent one night in Sihanoukville for $8 in a small guest house just to unwind from the hype of the island. This town is small but after all of the craziness of Koh Rong a night of movie watching and just being lazy is exactly what we needed.
After another long bus ride we finally ended up in our third and final city in Cambodia, Phnom Penn. When we arrived we instantly had dinner at some random restaurant we saw a lot of locals eating at (pro tip - go to restaurants with less white people and more locals!) and it was pretty good! Then we grabbed our backpacks and walked around and asked a few different hotels/hostels prices and decided on a hotel that was $7 a night and it was called Last Home Gueshouse ran by an elder women all by herself. This place was small and narrow like a lot of the buildings in this city with a lot of stairs. We spent two nights here and the first night we just walked around the town and had a few beers at a bar down the street and met a couple! The lady was 38 years old and Cambodian and used to be a prostitute! (There are a lot of prostitutes in this town!). Her husband is 54 and they got married a year ago. He bought her her own perfume store that she runs and since he is from Australia he flies back and forth from Australia to Cambodia for "business" but never brings his wife.. I am sure he was a second family or a secret life back home since he never takes her! She was awesome but I had bad vibes from her husband. After that couple left we then then we met an older guy named Papa who has 6 kids with 3 women. He told me if you have a guy’s ego you’re in control. When you put your guard down and just talk to strangers it is incredible the types of stories you will hear if you just listen.
The next day we hired a tuk tuk driver that we met on the street to take us to The Killing Fields where 3 million Cambodians were brutally killed in a massive genocide. The tour provided us with headphones and you walk around this place taking it all in. The audio tells you the trees where people were hung and beaten on and the grave sites and it is just the weirdest feeling walking around this place that so many people have died at in the exact spot. In the middle of the old camp you see skulls all piled up on top of each other it was hard to swallow. These are the types of things in history class I wish I learned. We get taught about American History but why wasn't I taught this?
Last night we went out again to the bars and had 3 beers and just played a few games of pool at an empty bar and called it a night. We are currently at a rooftop restaurant now drinking 50 cent beers waiting for our midnight bus to Saigon. (Ho Chi Minh City) I can’t believe how far we have traveled and that I only have a few short weeks left. Must remember that I am living out my future memories, so I better make them count.
Siem Reap was a pretty great town. We stayed for 3 nights in Adan World Hostel. We got ripped off like $40 because we transferred our money on the border like idiots! But we weren't going to let that set us back from having a good night. We got in after crossing the border from Bangkok, Thailand into Siem Reap, Cambodia. We had to switch to two different buses to get across the border but we made some friends on the second bus ride that made it all worth it! Some of the people on the bus got beer at a bus stop to start drinking and I just don't know how people do it. I have to pee all of the time once I start drinking so I always back out of that.
We got a tuk tuk to our hostel after the bus dropped us off and the rest of the bus friends stayed in a different hostel and we had a feeling we would catch up with them later that night. We were walking around this town and out of nowhere we stumbled upon one of the main streets in Siem Reap and it was a complete party block! I mean bars on both sides of the street with dancing and drunk people everywhere and then the dancing from the bars all leaked out onto the streets. Jenn and I haven't done too much partying since we started backpacking so it was nice to just dance around with our new friends and enjoy the night in another new country! The stress of backpacking sometimes can be heavy until nights like that where it puts you back into perspective of how awesome it is that we can do this.
The next day we woke up super late which was exactly what our body needed. I am so happy we had a crazy night out on the first night but I think now I am at the point in my life where it isn’t needed every week night or every weekend. I feel like when I was in college I couldn't imagine not going out at least 3 days a week now that seems like a lot to do that. oh glob. I am 23 what am I saying! I just like drinking casually at bars now instead of going out clubbing.
Tia and Ricardo were my favorite from our bus friends we met last night and they are from Chile! Made me excited to one day visit South America but man they all have so much energy! I will need to learn Spanish before I go. The second day we relaxed walking around exploring the town and ended up that night going to The Phare Circus! It was an hour and a half long and it was so much fun just feeling the energy off the performers.
The day before before we went around Siem Reap asking different Tuk-Tuk drivers how much it would be for them to take us to Angkor Watt. We found one guy that would take us to all of the different temples for $12 at sunrise. We agreed and he met us at 4am at our hostel to take us there. It was a very cloudy morning but just being there around so many people with everyone being quiet and in awe of what we were all seeing, it made the moment priceless. It was beautiful to see all the places surrounding Ankgor Watt. The architecture of these temples and how many locals hang out there and the stories behind everything. Definitely a place everyone should see once in their life. The only thing I didn’t like were the kids at the last temple trying to see you stuff! They harassed us for so long trying to have us buy cheap souvenirs but we would just ignore them and say no thank you. It is hard because you know those kids are being forced to do this and you want to help but but you know they wouldn't see a dime of that money. Also everyone in all of the temples people would give you incense sticks and a bracelet and they would ask you to pray to Buddha. But then at the end you have to pay them. And people are doing that EVERYONE. After I did it once I realized it was a scam and stopped doing it.
Later that day we just relaxed explored the city of Siem Reap a little more and watched a movie in our room. It is nice to not always have to be going out all the time, its fun to just stay in once in a while. The final day we were there it was so hot in town that we just went from one restaurant to another to another before leaving on our 8pm HOTEL bus to Sihanoukville which had a small small bed with a curtain and shitty wifi and they turned off electricity after 2 hours. But it was super cool to have a little privacy. But out of all the bus rides that was the best one we have ever had AND I even saw my 3rd shooting star!! First one was in Vang Vieng on the balcony with Jennifer and the second one was in Siem Reap just walking around at night and then this one was at 3am on the way to Sihanoukville!
When we got off the bus at 7:30am we met a Dutch man named Martin and 3 germans – Intra, Shtephen and Simon. We all decided to go to Koh Rong Island straight away after eating at the hostel Otopia in Sihanoukville and now we are on our 3rd day here! Its an island with one stretch of beach for the tourists. The beach is white, the water is blue and if you look up the definition of paradise this island would pop up. The first night we got a shit hostel for $5 per person but now we are in in awesome bungalow Jenn and I are sharing for $15 a night. The only bad thing is my legs and hands are all bite up from sandbugs and they hurt! I am not happy about it but there are so many positives I can’t have it all. Their are dogs everywhere, kids, palm trees, tourists and just happy people EVERYWHERE.
I wonder how well I will adjust to being back home in a month. I love all the adventures and not working and being with Jenn constantly. I am glad I don’t have to give this life up for a while longer. The people I meet on these travels all taught me something. They all have completely different lives than myself and it makes me realize how much I like my life. Some people I meet you can tell are over traveling and want to go home and others want to keep going. I think in a few years I will grab my backpack and not have an end date until I am ready. I love traveling and think that it does get exhausting and you want that comfort of home but we only have one life and there is so much to see out there. There are times I wake up and tell myself I want to go home but I know when I am home I will do the same about traveling. I need to hold onto this moment, this happiness and carry it wherever I go.
Jenn and I spent 3 days and 3 nights in Vang Vieng Laos. This place is a lost early 20 year old town to do drugs, work for free liquor at a bar or hostel and also get free accommodation and dinner. We met a lot of people here and saw that we could not stay in a town like this for too long. It is hard to explain! You are in paradise in this little town around a bunch of mountains and beautiful places but it is getting extremely westernized. We walked around to a few different bars and restaurants and a lot of places had Western food (french fries and german schnitzels?!) and played the two same shows at every..single..place. Family Guy and Friends. Jenn and I had dinner at a place and realized we just watched 6 episodes in a row and had to leave.
On the first day we got here and met Matt and Josh after they saw me failing at learning how to ride a manual motorbike. I was given horrible instructions on how to drive manual and my first attempt is down a dirt road with potholes. I did awful and Matt and Josh ran after me and tried to teach me but I just ended up getting an automatic motorbike. After that fail we decided to all hang out and they showed us some cool places walking distance around Vang Vieng. They then took us to a bar that specialized in food that have Mushrooms and Weed in them. You might think I am kidding but its all true! The bar specialized in Shroom Shakes and I just couldn't think of doing it. Two other people that Matt and Josh introduced us to decided to drink the shrooms and they got really weird really fast. The boys bought a ganja “happy pizza” and we just stuck with beer and a regular pizza. Afterwards we went to a bar called Fat Monkeys to meet the Singapore guys we already met before in Luang Prabang! We also hung out with an awesome girl named Alex and a guy named Martin. It was an overall great night.
The second day we woke up early and did the famous tourist attraction - floating the river! We rented our tubes and got taken to the end of the river where we started the tubing journey at a bar! From there we would float down the river and then we would go to another bar. They had water bottles full of rocks tied on a rope and the workers would chuck it at us to get us reeled into come to their bar! It was absolutely surreal. We got a shot of whiskey and a bracelet at every bar we went to and at one of the last ones we played volleyball! We started the tubing journey around 1pm and I didn't get home until 8pm. Jenn and I were so drained from the awesome last few hours we fell asleep and woke up at 11pm to eat soup with Matt, Josh and some german dude at one of the only restaurants open still that late.
On the third day Jenn and I rented one motorbike and made our way to the incredible Blue Lagoon and Phou Kham Caves! To get there it was a rough drive down a long gravel road in the country side but it was incredibly beautiful and I felt so powerful on that motorbike with just a map trying to figure out how to get there. The place lived up to the same and it was the most beautiful lagoon. It was so clear blue and I would jump off the trees into the water and swim around and look in the water and see fishes everywhere! You walk past the lagoon and up this side of the mountain to the Caves! We unfortunately only had one headlamp between us but we made it work! It was beautiful to be inside this cave. I can't believe all this little town had to offer. But after 3 days of fun filled activities we were ready to pack our bags and move on. Maybe it was the people that made this town a little off for us but I like going to local towns more than places run by westerners.
Tonight as I walked home in Vang Vieng alone at 1:30am after hanging out with Josh and Mathew I had a thought. In every persons life they should have an elapse of time where one simply becomes a wanderer. Where outside influences on the direction of our life vanishes and you only think of the day, that moment as if nothing else matters. Then as you wander there will be a time when you are ready for the next phase of your life.
I love Luang Prabaung! This small town is one that anybody at any age would enjoy. It is right next to the Mekong River and it has such character and so many bars and restaurants and food stalls it is a great place to walk around. We spent one day biking in 100+ degree weather for about two hours. We saw so many temples and found great views and just biked around the local part of the town. At night this incredible night market arises down the middle street of the town where food and nick-nacks are sold everywhere! I bought a tiny little elephant to carry around with me as a souvenir of Laos and we ate some really cheap but not the best tasting street food! I think I am going to gain so much weight with all the noodles and meat I keep eating, worth it!
Today I had an hour long lao massage for $5 and was in heaven. It is just so incredible to feel at home in a town I have only been in for a few days. We met up with the same girls we hung out with in Vientiane and found a few more to add to the group! I love that it was a bunch of woman backpackers all here together encouraging and motivating each other. Women empowerment man. Backpacking can get rough and it is awesome to see so many people from around the world doing this.
On one of the days we went and saw the most beautiful waterfalls called Kuang Si Falls and it was the most incredible breathtaking place I have seen so far on my travels. There were many levels of waterfalls and I swam in three different pools and even though I wasn't supposed to I swam by the big waterfall. We hiked on top of the waterfall to oversee the views and just spent hours embracing this incredible hidden oasis. Every person that ever goes to Laos has to come here. On the second to last night we met these 7 Singaporean guys at a bar and instantly starting hanging out with them! They were all so nice and just graduated college and wanted to travel around before starting their careers. We drank a little too many buckets and I might have fallen down a staircase and had the worst hangover and Jenn had to bring me a sandwich but it was a great place to be. I hope to revisit this city one day. There was so many good memories here and just so relaxing the whole time I kept thinking I was in paradise. Now we are off to Vieng Vang and the only thing I know about this place is that it is famous for drunk tubing! Woo!
The real backpacking experience has begun! After almost 23 hours on the most crazy sleeper bus ride to Vientiane we made it. The whole journey there started at 6pm when we left Hanoi and got in at 5pm in Laos. I sat in the second to worst seat in the entire bus. Jenn and I originally sat in the front right in a nice two seater since I wanted to sit up close. But since the bus drivers knew we were foreigners they made us move and get in the very back. And as I was walking to the front of the bus I realized that it was all vietnamese people in the front of the bus and the foreigners in the back! Damn, felt very weird to have that separation. I laid between between 4 other people and was right in the middle. The funny part was Jenn had the same exact seat below me except hers was like a cave! I felt brain dead on the ride it was either sleep or look our the windows or play scenarios in my head. It was crazy when we pulled over for a bathroom break the workers on the bus would bring more boxes on or “soil” to bring into Laos. (By that I knew they were sneaking items across the border and using the tourist bus as a way of doing it) When we finally got into Vientiane we sat next to an old lady on the bus that knew was from Laos but also knew Vietnamese and she talked to Jenn and helped get a group of us girls safely to the hostel! Hospitality from strangers keeps me going.
e talked to 2 girls from Norway and two girls from England and decided to share a room with the girls from Norway! We then met up with the 2 english girls for dinner. We walked down a street where a little market was going on and we checked it out! Hard to go to markets sometimes when you have zero room in your backpack to buy anything. We ate some random street food that looked good and afterwards just walked around until we stumbled upon this amazing local bar where we drank, laughed and had an overall great night! It was live music and it was full of locals and I think we were the only foreigners in the place! During one of the performances Jenn decided to stand up and walk over to the singer and sit next to him and she started swaying her arms. It was so funny and of course I had to jump up and go join her! Then the rest of the girls in our group did and it was a moment of pure happiness. Embracing ourselves into environments of the unknown and turning them into lasting memories.
We had to get a tuk tuk back to our hostel after getting lost on the way back home. From there we realized we were EXTREMELY close to our hostel...fail.. The next day we had breakfast at our hostel and then took a tuk-tuk to the went to the COPE Visitor Center which is a rehabilitation place for people that have gotten injured from all the bombs U.S dropped in Laos during the Vietnam War. We had our first Laos Ice Coffee and just took in the place. I am so glad we went. It was a lot of information I never knew about. Afterwards we saw Morgan a guy we drank with in Hanoi! He helped us get a bus ticket for that night to Laung Prabang. So glad we are already running into other travels we know. Really shows we all just do the same path but at different times. Crazy.
After we got our bus tickets we met up with the 2 english girls Harriet and Jennifer whom we were hanging out with last night and got to have dinner again before we were off on another bus ride! They are going to Luang Prabang in the next following day or two so I am sure we will see them there again soon! After leaving at 8pm on the bus we arrived at 6am to Luang Prabang. After arriving we took a tuktuk into the city center and walked from hotel to hotel trying to find a cheap room for rent. We found one for $10 a night and it was perfectly right next to the river. We took a 4 hour nap and woke up around noon to start the day!
Through my travels the only two pieces of technology I brought were my cell phone and my camera. I kept a small blue journal with me throughout the whole trip to document when times were quiet. I suggest everyone that travels to bring a Journal and Pencil.