Monthly Archive: March 2010

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The Best-Laid Plans…

We have hot-footed it — well, night-bused it — back from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, with a sleeper train to Bangkok ahead of us tonight,...

Ascending through rock to the start of zipwire canopy, Tad Sae waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos

The Fear Factor

Can intensive, sweaty, pulse-pounding vertigo count towards one’s recommended 30 minutes cardio? If so, I need no more exercise for at least a week… I...

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Pressed Flowers

Z and I loved watching weaving in action the other day. Oh, yeah, and normally I hate tourist markets with a passion. But the paper...

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Palanquins and Kings

The generational differences between me and Z never cease to amaze me. We went to the Royal Palace in Luang Prabang, Laos, yesterday, former home...

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Unexpected Pleasures

Travelling with children, the best days sometimes come out of absolutely nowhere, and from the lowest expectations. And on our first day in Luang Prabang,...

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The Pocket Diplomat

Whatever our struggles with formal schooling, Z’s certainly learning a lot as we travel. And he sure does choose his moments to show it. We...

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Up with the Larks

So we’ve arrived in Luang Prabang, Laos, and, as ever, I’m still trying to work out whether the benefits of night buses — saves a...