Just a short note to say the journey in Laos has been interesting, fascinating, enjoyable, etc. Reminds me a lot of Africa–very Third World, underdeveloped, poverty-stricken, extremely friendly people. I leave for Thailand tomorrow, hopefully to Ko Samui and perhaps Phuket.

So far in Laos I’ve been to a Lao wedding ceremony, eaten water buffalo and boiled crickets (bland tasting except for the sauce, not bad except for the IDEA of eating crickets), danced in a steamy, sweaty Vientiane disco, and ridden on a public bus for 4 hours from Vang Vieng. This posting is way too short to tell of everything, so I’ll save it for when I’m back in Thailand and have more time to spare for writing longer tales. More later.