Making Friends on the Road

by Allie on June 3, 2010

Going into this trip we didn’t have any expectations of making new friends. We were constantly on the move, staying a few days (at most!) in any one place. Switching towns every few days is not a conducive way to make lasting friendships. Traveling as a couple has some challenges as well. As a traveling […]


What Would You Do If You Found $150?

by Allie on May 10, 2010

Answering this question became a reality for us the first week of our trip, when we found a gold clutch purse on a beach in Thailand. Inside was no ID, no contact information – only the equivalent of about $150 US in Thai currency and a few cash receipts. What to do with it? We […]


The Three-Day Water Festival (Fight!)

by Allie on May 7, 2010

Hi everyone…we’re back in the States between trips and catching up on our pictures and blog posts. Our trusty little netbook decided to take a vacation the last two weeks of our Asia trip too (mouse buttons stopped working, picture folders bonked), and so we decided to take a break until we were stateside, where […]


Getting Around By Bus, on Lao Time

by Allie on April 20, 2010

 About our 17.5 hour 155-mile bus ride: It *typically* takes about seven hours to travel the 155 mountainous miles from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Except when it takes 17.5 hours (after mapping out the hours, we realized our earlier estimate of 16.5 hours was optimistic).    Here’s what a 17.5-hour 155-mile bus ride looks like: Our bus […]


Farm Life, Laos Style

by Allie on April 18, 2010

Vang Vieng is an odd little town. It is in an incredible setting, bordered by beautiful limestone karsts and the Nam Song River. Amazing caving, kayaking and trekking opportunities abound. Vang Vieng is also a big backpacker party town, the kind of place where some travelers have hung out for months, partying at the ‘waterpark’ during […]

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Swimming with Monks

by Allie on April 10, 2010

Many of the best experiences we’ve had on this trip were unplanned. There is no tour or guide; they just arise out of being in a certain place at a certain time. Serendipity follows. Today we were in Luang Prabang, walking the perimeter of the peninsula and just taking things in.  The peninsula is created where the Nam Kham […]

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Mark Flips for Laos

by Allie on April 9, 2010

We’ve been traveling through Laos the past week; it’s hotter than either of us ever have experienced (100 degrees + with the humidity of Florida), and the pace of life is about as fast as you’d expect it to be given that everyone is melting here. Most days involve deciding whether to have a Beer […]