I was a bit upset yesterday -- it seemed all my travel plans would not be working out and the chaotic conditions on the street here were a bit much for me after village atmosphere Laos. But today is a brand new day, the sun is shining, we have been sitting all evening with a bunch of "internationals" (farangs) at one of the beer places on the corners -- you sit on little stools and get served very cheap bear. Some (most) people imbibe a great deal. I don't drink but I still had a good time. Anyway, late now, have been walking all day. We booked a tour to Halong Bay for tomorrow and the forecast is good -- we are indeed lucky. Now it seems that we can go up to Sapa after all -- weather is clearing up. Too tired to write more -- will post some photos of Luang Prabang instead.
I always wanted to travel and spent a few years backpacking around Europe and Asia working on the way but then for many years, apart from family holidays in Europe, I didn't really do any travelling -- now the time has come to hit the road again -- not quite -- money not as plentiful as would have liked but still ... once or twice a year, barring world wars, ecological disasters and the end of the world as we know it, I will be adding to this travel blog with at least my annual holiday, and from time to time, something a little more ambitious. ... full info