China Impressions

Hey, I’m in Vietnam, finally! The U.S. Government wanted to send me here in the late 1960s, but that plan fell through. However, as the barman Moustache said in the film Irma La Douce, “Cela c’est une autre histoire.”

My China days ended with a flight from Shanghai a few days ago. I had planned a much longer stay and was dismayed at first when my passport came back from the Chinese Consulate in Istanbul with a 15-day visa. No matter; I decided to schedule those days as tightly as possible so as to be able to visit the sites that conventional wisdom declares first-time travelers to China must see. This plan took me first to Beijing and then to Xi’an, Guilin, and Shanghai.

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Along the Mekong from Thailand to Laos

Tuesday, May 29 & 30, 2011

Chaing Kong , Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos

These two days might be considered as one. They were the days of the slow boat to Luang Prabang, Laos. In total I spent at least 15 hours traveling down the Mekong River from the Lao – Thai border to L.B. It was an experience. I’m glad I did it and wouldn’t want to repeat it.

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