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JANUARY 10, 2010

Photos from pass few days
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JANUARY 5, 2010

We are now having breakfast in a pretty little restaurant across form our guest house.
Last night I tried to connect to internet, but I guess everyone in town was on internet. I could not keep a connection. No connection plus being bone tired, I just turned in.<
Our breakfast this morning was very good. The toast was toasted, the eggs were very good, and we actually had bacon, and GOOD coffee. All for $3.00. Plus internet conncetion.
We leave this morning going north to Phongsali, about 250 miles.
My last visit to Phongsali I was able to find one shop that would let me use their internet. So I may be out of touch for a few days.
Other than Phongsali, the other towns in the area do not even have electricity.
Our interpreter met us at the airport yesterday with a car. That was nice!
I usually have a hassle just getting a tut tut!
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JANUARY 4, 2010

Okay -- we had a short little 8 hour trip to Bangkok.
The plane was much more comfortable, --- cooler, with better seats.
I was in an almost stupor" once I sat down and got comfortable. I wanted to stay awake so I could sleep in Bangkok, but I kept floating off in a daze. I didn't even eat dinner!!!
We arrived in Bangkok a little before midnight, and got a taxi to our hotel.
The problem was the driver kept asking me where the hotel was! Or how tall it was?
Finally he stopped at a 7-11 store and started asking people there.
Of course they all talked and pointedbut none knew where the hotel was.
I'm sure none of them had ever b een in a hotel. I mean these were people hanging out in front of a 7-11 at mid night!
Finally someone told the dirver to go down the street to a police station.
The driver thought this was a good idea and the station was about 100 yards down the road.
Turns out, the hotel, or rather the "Resdency" we were looking for was across the street from the police station.
It was a really shabby looking neighborhood at night, but the hotel was very nice! Seriously. Clean, AC, hot water, clean rooms sheets, tv. Name of place was Kriss Residency, and cost $34.00.
This morning we had breakfast for $5.00 each. Over priced. It was the typical merican breakfast over here however, well fried egg, half toasted white bread, a hot dog (sausage), and pressed ham (bacon), plus luke warm coffee, orange marmalade, and margerin.
The hotel had a shuttle for 200 baht, 50 more than the taxi, but we tookit to the airport.
The airport is really nice.
We are now waiting for flight. We are early.
Will be in Luang Prabang this afternoon.
We got here!Terrible internet - back later.
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JANUARY 3, 2010

This has been a long trip.
If you are one who does not like having the person in front of you lean his or her seat back, You would like this plane.
The seats do not lean back! - at all!
They are straight up, and permanent!
It was a rough trip - all in all.
Air temp was a little warm, food not too good, except my breakfast.
It was a cheese omlett with link sausage that was all very good.
Bo got the fried rice for breakfast and said it was "so-so".
The trip was about 14 1/2 hours long - the in air time was 13 1/2 hours.
We have a nice 3 hour wait herein Tokyo, and I got a cup of MacDonalds coffee for 120 yen on my debit card.
Bo bought a coke and paid US dollar cash, and it cost $4.00.<
We don't know how many dollars my coffee was.
Now only a short 8 hour flight to Bankok!
later gater.
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JNAUARY 2, 2010
Well I just figured out how long a flight we have before us.
It will be 1 a.m. in Tokyo when we leave Atlanat at 11:00 p.m.
Therefore our first leg takes 15 hours!
That's long enought to get comfortable.
Then a pleasant 2 hour layover in Tokyo,and an EIGHT hour flight to Bangkok.
We arrive in Bangkok BKK at midnight, but I don't know what time my body will think it is.
It will be noon on Monday when we arrive there midnight Monday the 3rd.
We will spend night in BKK, then continue our travels The next day at 1 p.m. arriving in Luang Prabang Laos, at 3:30 p.m. on the 4th.
A nice time to arrive in a new city.
So in conclusion, it may be a few days before I blog again.

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January 1, 2010
New Years Day!!! Waa -hooo! Lets go!

A wonderful day today.

Today the whole family will meet at Mary and Phils house, and literally stuff ourselves with all kind of good food.

Of course we will all eat blackeyes peas, and hope to get the dime thats mixed in wiht the peas. Also, collard greens have a dime in them.

either one is supposed to mean you will have a prosperous New Year.

Bo Baell and I will leave later this afternoon to drive to Atlanta.

no need to rush up there at 4 oclock tomorrow!

It takes about 3.5 hours to drive to the airport, about 200 miles north of here.
Well Bo came about 4:15, and we rode to Atlanta in Rain all the way.
Stopped and got a delicious dinner at a Golden Corral with a buffet. Steak and salads were very good.
Got to airport area about 8:30, and were in our room by 8:50.
Got a room at Microtel motel. It has shuttle service to airport, small free breakfast, and we get to leave Bo's truck in parking area for FREE for 2 weeks! --- Big Deal!
So, early to bed, be ready in the morning to fly to Tokyo non stop from Atlanta.

flight schedule: Delta #281 - Atlanta to Tokyo depart Atl at 11:05 a.m. Then Delta #295 Tokyo to Bangkok departing 6:05 Then Bangkok Airways #PG945 Bangkok to Luang Prabang departing 1:30 p.m.

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January 1, 2010
New Years Day!!! Waa -hooo! Lets go!

A wonderful day today.

Today the whole family will meet at Mary and Phils house, and literally stuff ourselves with all kind of good food.

Of course we will all eat blackeyes peas, and hope to get the dime thats mixed in wiht the peas. Also, collard greens have a dime in them.

either one is supposed to mean you will have a prosperous New Year.

Bo Baell and I will leave later this afternoon to drive to Atlanta.

no need to rush up there at 4 oclock tomorrow!

It takes about 3.5 hours to drive to the airport, about 200 miles north of here.
Well Bo came about 4:15, and we rode to Atlanta in Rain all the way.
Stopped and got a delicious dinner at a Golden Corral with a buffet. Steak and salads were very good.
Got to airport area about 8:30, and were in our room by 8:50.
Got a room at Microtel motel. It has shuttle service to airport, small free breakfast, and we get to leave Bo's truck in parking area for FREE for 2 weeks! --- Big Deal!
So, early to bed, be ready in the morning to fly to Tokyo non stop from Atlanta.

flight schedule: Delta #281 - Atlanta to Tokyo depart Atl at 11:05 a.m. Then Delta #295 Tokyo to Bangkok departing 6:05 Then Bangkok Airways #PG945 Bangkok to Luang Prabang departing 1:30 p.m.

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