Vang Vieng, a Backpackers  

waggypolly 72F
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6/21/2006 1:50 am

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Vang Vieng, a Backpackers

I travelled Northwards for a day and a half by local bus, and after that was rather relieved to fly back in 40 minutes! The local bus was really a delight, except when it went round and round, up and down, up and down, up and down . . . . and my fellow passengers started lobbing plastic bags of vomit and urine out of the windows. Strangely the Hmong student sitting beside me had just started asking for money when it got bumpy. I dealt with him by feigning incomprehension and sleepiness. While I was “sleeping” he got sick; I think he thought I had special powers because at the end of the journey all he could do was apologise!

I’d read about the opium dens in VangVieng, but I didn’t visit any. I’ve just received an email from my daughter (who went through there a month earlier) asking how I went with the magic mushroom pizzas, so obviously all is not as it seems there. The whole centre of town area is given over to the youth tourist industry, and can be avoided; but the areas around it are a delight, and it is good to see home improvements going on: presumably indirectly by courtesy of the visitors. ... I ended the day in an out-of-town Lao beer garden, chatting to the owner and his girlfriend. I couldn’t avoid the conclusion that he’d come back from 20 years in Canada in order to set up as an opium baron.

Glad to know that you can see the pics, as I still can't. When I get back home, I'll swop in ones from my own camera.

This is Polly, still Wagging.

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redswallow777 48M
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6/21/2006 11:06 am

I will remember you have a very strong constitution should I ever have the chance to travel with

waggypolly replies on 7/10/2006 2:43 am:
Hopefully it will help you decide you want to travel with me.

waggypolly replies on 7/10/2006 2:45 am:
But beware of those special powers of mine; I'd definitely use them to keep you in line.

redswallow777 48M
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7/14/2006 9:51 am wonders what polly means by that...."keep you in line."

waggypolly replies on 7/14/2006 5:56 pm:
[indigo]To "keep someone inline" is Brit/Oz Speak for control them, make them do as you require. Think of a sergeant keeping marching soldiers in line.

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