Vientiane

The city did not seem much bigger than Newcastle, in that it was all very walkable. We had a great time going bowling – twice, swimming and walking along the river front, checking out the night market. Very relaxing, what about all those ancient temples and places of interest? I am afraid we are wat’ed out. We did no cultural stuff at all. After Laung Prabang there did not seem to be much else to say about a wat to the kids so, unusually I didn’t.

We did discover another delightful way of using condensed milk. It seems that condensed milk is used much more in Asia then anywhere else. I am not sure I could drink coffee without a good splash (and a half) of condensed milk sitting in the bottom of the cup. Maybe the coffee is just a lot more bitter here. Anyway, there we were walking along the banks of the MekongRiver looking at stalls, when we chanced upon a crepe stall. Yummy, we saw him make a very fine banana crepe, and just before he served on went a good pour of condensed milk. After the collective hmmmmm, we all ordered one; chocolate, cocoa, mango and another banana and all enhanced by condensed milk.

One disappointment; I was not allowed to the camera. There is a huge single speed scene here. Every night guys would come out to the river walk to practice and show off their tricks. I guess it makes sense in a flat city where money is tight to embrace the single speed thing. The bikes were way cool – matching chain to wheel to frame. Stubby handle bars, cow horn bars the lot. I could have taken pictures of them all. Worth a visit just for the bikes. Angela did not share my enthusiasm.

The bright lights of Bangkok; these are shark fin restaurants.

The bright lights of Bangkok; these are shark fin restaurants.

Ready to head to the bright lights of Bangkok.

Ready to head to the bright lights of Bangkok.

One of the few pictures we took.

One of the few pictures we took.

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