Day 27: Recovery time

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November 10th 2009
Published: November 15th 2009
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View of the Nam Khan river from Le Bel Air.
We learned a lesson. No more treks through the jungle on 90+ degree days. Also, if we feel sick, take the day off.

So today is a rest day. Angelique's feeling about 80% better. We both slept in and wandered into town for breakfast. If you ever visit Luang Prabang, definitely stop by the JoMa Cafe. We had tropical fruit with home-made granola and yogurt, two lattes, a ham & cheese croissant (warm) and a chocolate chip muffin (also warm) for about $9.

A very fun part of our morning was picking up our official mahout certificates. But probably the most entertaining part was miming motion sickness to a Lao pharmacist to secure some dramamine (we first drew pictures of planes and boats but that didn't work; Plan B consisted of acting woozy and miming vomiting - that definitely worked). We have a long drive ahead of us tomorrow on a very curvy road through the mountains.

Angelique had a wonderful massage (30 minute shoulder/back/neck and 30 minute foot) for $6 and we burned our photos onto a CDRom. We think the stomach problems came from the food or water (they provided bottled water but it tasted a

The night market in Luang Prabang.
bit off) at the elephant camp. So we decided to stick with a safe dinner - pizza and Pad Thai at Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene in an old but cute French colonial building. The pizza was pretty good, for Laos.

After dinner we walked around the night market feeling a little sad. We've enjoyed our time in Luang Prabang (and at Le Bel Air) so much and we don't want to leave quite yet. It's been like a little oasis of beauty, great food and just plain easy existence in our trip. However, we have a very interesting day tomorrow: we're off to Phonsavan to see the mysterious Plain of Jars.

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Our second bungalow at Le Bel Air.

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