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Friday, April 29, 2005

I used to take a lot of pictures of bikes.  Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 28, 2005

More Laos countryside. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Taken outside Vang Vieng. While riding a bike in this part of Laos, I was reminded of Chinese paintings, and the mountains of Guilin (sp?). I can't wait to go there later this year! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

This is in the Plain of Jars, one of the many ancient jars planted in the middle of nowhere, carved from boulders. No one is quite sure how they came to be where they are. Posted by Hello

Monday, April 25, 2005

This was taken near twilight as my brother and I walked outside VangVieng. Posted by Hello

Friday, April 22, 2005

Every now and then, I go to a place and all I want to do is shout to the world how great it it. Then I think, wait, I don't want it to be too crowded the next time I go back. And then I start thinking of the ramifications of increased tourism - a loss of spirit in a place, people hungry for money who end up changing their values, damage to the environment. Of course, often times the people are poor and could use the money and the upgrades that come in better facilities and public transportation. There are no easy answers. I do know that Laos is one of these places, with a lush and varied landscape that rivals any in Southeast Asia, and a people that have been seen some of the worst aspects of man but have emerged with their kindness and humanity intact.  Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 21, 2005

This is another picture from the Mekong. You are looking at the base of one of the sheer cliffs springing from the water.This was near Pak Ou caves. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

A country road populated by cows. Of course, the main roads in Laos are populated by cows, too, which makes for interesting bus and bike rides. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Looking out at the countryside in eastern Laos.  Posted by Hello

Monday, April 18, 2005

An aged statue of Buddha outside Phonsavon. Our guide shared a great store with us about the building of this statue. The story goes that it was built entirely by women in a race against a group of men building a similar statue. The women decided to work naked every day, thus distracting the men from their work and enabling them to finish first.  Posted by Hello

Sunday, April 17, 2005

I had a difficult decision if I should post this on the people page or the Laos page, and in the end Laos won out. This was taken outside Phonsavan after a small prayer service. The people had never seen white people in person and began singing and making music for my brother and I. Then we sang for them. After the music we ate food brought by the women and drank an unhealthy amount of Laos whiskey (a horrible moonshine). More than half a year later, I am still wearing two of the ten friendship bracelets they tied around my wrist that day. Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 16, 2005

This was in a large field in Phonsavan, a site decorated with many of these small man made (well, 500 pound bomb-made) ponds. Really they were just craters that had filled with a bit of rain water. The grass was dry in the field, and I saw only two tiny flowers springing from the ground. Posted by Hello

Friday, April 15, 2005

A building in Luang Prabang. Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 14, 2005

OK...I'm cheating a bit here. This was actually in Thailand, in a town near Chiang Mai. I took it two days before I left for Laos, though, so I'm going to put it on this page. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

This was on the road outside Vang Vieng as my brother and I rode our bikes around the countryside. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I took this after lunch in a town near Phonsavan. This gets a little bit of the idea of people just sitting around and waiting.  Posted by Hello

Monday, April 11, 2005

I can't wait to go back to Laos. Though I'm sure life can't be easy for many of the people, the pace of life is a tremendous break from that which we are used to in the western world. Posted by Hello

Sunday, April 10, 2005

We were taking the bus from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan and it had just broken down for the third time. I saw this man walking in the road eagerly taking out a cigarette and walking down aways to find a spot to pee. I liked the old suit he was wearing and thought I should take a picture (thankfully not of him peeing). Posted by Hello

Saturday, April 09, 2005

This is one of my favorite photos from Laos, because of its simplicity.  Posted by Hello

Friday, April 08, 2005

This was taken outside a "traditional" village that we stopped at on the way to Pak Ou Caves. I would have liked to keep walking along this country road all day, but our boat was waiting. Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 07, 2005

This is the sun-setting over the Mekong as viewed in Luang Prabang. I posted it yesterday, but for some reason the post disappeared. Posted by Hello
Another picture while taken on the Mekong. I used to take a lot of sepia-toned pictures when I used the S50. For some reason a landscape like this seems to be more dramatic to me because of the sepia. I only wish the day had not been so hazy.  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

This was taken along the side of the road on the drive from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan. The women often wear bright colored, hand-made silk skirts (and you can find some great deals there, esp. when you are out of the main towns). The backdrop is the straw roof of a hut clinging to the side of a mountain. Posted by Hello

Monday, April 04, 2005

I took this in the common area of a guesthouse in Phonsavan as we waited to be driven to the Plain of Jars. Posted by Hello

Sunday, April 03, 2005

This was taken on the same bike ride as the picture posted yesterday. On the roads in Laos it is a very common sight to see cows strolling along, either alone or in herds. This can make for some interesting bus rides - bike rides as well. Posted by Hello