Not Typical Transportation in Laos
Oct24

Not Typical Transportation in Laos

When I choose this retirement adventure I knew that it wasn’t going to be all comfort and luxury. Sometimes you have to take less than ideal transportation to get to places that are off of the tourist circuit. Other times I choose my mode of transportation just for the challenge. It was kind of a combination of these two factors that led Sarah and I to take bus transportation from Tat Lo, Laos to Pakse during our travels in Laos. When...

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Photo: Alms Giving on Don Khong Island, Laos
Oct08

Photo: Alms Giving on Don Khong Island, Laos

Ever since my retirement travel adventures have brought me to Southeast Asia I have been fascinated by the Buddhist practice of Alms Giving. This scene took place early one morning on the island of Don Khong, in the 4,000 Islands areas of Southern Laos. I love the way the light came off the river and highlighted the monks saffron robes. I had to do a little enhancement in Adobe Lightroom to bring up the shadows on the faces but other...

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Retirement Travel: My Life of Fear
Sep29

Retirement Travel: My Life of Fear

I have recently had a number of people tell me that they think I am “brave” for living my retirement years as an adventure, traveling the world and drinking in life as fast as I can. They relay to me dangers that they have heard about on the news, happening in places that they have never been before and they tell me that I need to pay more attention, worry more about “things” and be more cautious. They tell me of the latest...

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Aerobics Classes on the Mekong River in Laos
Sep24

Aerobics Classes on the Mekong River in Laos

Sunset aerobics classes on promenade overlooking Mekong River are just one of the surprises we found on our adventure in Vientiane, Laos. At 4,000 kip (about 50 US cents) it was really quite a bargain. The students here were a good mix of locals, expats and travelers. Once considered a backwater, Vientiane is rapidly evolving into one of Asia’s most charming and laid back capital cities. You Might Also LikeTurning Nomadic Part...

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Party Time in Pakbeng, Laos
Sep22

Party Time in Pakbeng, Laos

All boats that cruise down the Mekong River in Northern Laos between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai seem to stop at the tiny town of Pakbeng, but we really didn’t know what to expect when we arrived. Travel guides and other travelers describe it everywhere from being a scruffy little place without much going on to charming and picturesque so after we got settled in our lovely bungalow at Luang Say Lodge, we decided to go on a little...

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Photos: Ancient Buddhist Tradition of Alms Giving
Sep19

Photos: Ancient Buddhist Tradition of Alms Giving

The giving of alms or almsgiving (offering food to monks) is a morning ritual in Theravada Buddhist countries especially Laos and Thailand. The first Buddhist monks were homeless sojourners who begged for all their food – their only possessions being an alms bowl (sometimes called a ‘begging bowl’ or in the Pali language a ‘patta’) and a robe. The giving and receiving of alms is not considered charity but a way to create a...

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