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11 January 2006

in search of snow white

pritesh and mira had bumped into another vang vieng acquaintance, english shiv, on their way to the breakfast meeting point. courtney joined up shortly after and the five of us had a tasty breakfast. at the travel agency next to the restaurant i bought a plane ticket to hanoi departing tomorrow morning at [gasp] 0745. i'd need to return to the travel agency between 1400 and 1700 to pick up my ticket.

shiv was off on a mission and the four of us rented scooters and after some direction from the anarchy rental guy, we were off on our own missions. first to the buddha park; amazing stone statues [check out the gallery for more pics]. on our way home pritesh suggested we stop by the beer lao plant for a tour; a smiling woman gave us big stickers and led us around the bottling plant where mechanical monsters transformed empty beer bottles into wonderful clean relabeled and refilled beer lao [i could have watched those machines all day. check out this fairly large 5.9mb avi video to see the bottles moving on a metal conveyor belt]. we'd given up on mission two to see a temple in order to make it back into town in time to pick up my plane ticket. hit an internet cafe later that evening and did some war research; still later the four met up with shiv, walked forever in search of snow white and one dwarf before discovering that she was closed for the season. en route i had a tasty fruit shake; just a little concerned about the ice but not to worry. to another bar, 3000 kip pool, ladyboys, and a man with tattoos all over his face with an eclectic music mix. i returned to my room to pack for the early departure. my internet taxi friend would be picking me up at 0600. tomorrow: the socialist republic of vietnam.

posted by paul on Wed 11 Jan 2006 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)

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