Just some random thoughts/comments that I've been meaning to write about the last couple of days...
-(luckily for the red sox) It's easy to wear your lucky t-shirt when you only have 2 of them. Since I left Bangkok I've been travelling uber-light and it's been great. If I had to revise my packing list for my next trip to southeast asia, here's what I'd bring...some good boxers, a rugged pair of sandals, a pair or two of convertible pants, t-shirt (not sold on it having to be made out of some hi-tech quick dry material), a raincoat, a box or two of disposable contacts, pen and paper, ATM card (and a fistful of USD's), and maybe some maleria pills. I'd throw everything into a Target plastic bag (because as any single guy will tell you their bags are far superior to the others) and be off. Everything else (like a backpack and other clothes) can just be bought once you arrive in BKK...for way cheaper than you could get in the states anyway.
-How come this wasn't in the guidebook? Frommer's didn't have much to say about Luang Prabang but I had a great time there. It was a super chill town with a great night market and some excellent hiking (so tempting to do some off-the-path exploring if it wasn't for those damn UXO's...and the monkeys?). I've seen some pretty awesome waterfalls in my day (nevada falls in yosemite, numerous falls in switzerland, and iguazu falls in argentina) and the ones in LP were right up there with all of them. Took a lot of pictures which I hope to have up in a week or so.
-Wish I'd thought of this. Before I left, me and a couple of friends at TXU were trying to think of ways to finance the trip...hanging out with the global teenager would have been a great idea. Other things that I wish I'd thought of.
-and finally, in case you missed them here are some other things I've updated recently:
1. Two new posts today (including this one).
2. Updated the 'Welcome to' on the right hand side.
3. Updated the 'Sa Bai Dee, World' Post.
4. New comments in the 'This changes everything' post.
5. New links/posts on my other blog...including a link to the receipe for Real Chili (look under the 'Elsewhere' section on the right hand side).
update: as for the reason behind all the recent updates - super cheap internet access...2 hours and 45 minutes cost me 6000 Kip (or about 60 cents).