Marking the End of Buddhist Lent in Laos
Oct29

Marking the End of Buddhist Lent in Laos

When I travel, I like to have a broad outline of where I am going, some idea of the things I want to see and importantly, a familiarity with local culture and traditions. I also like to leave large parts of the planning up to one of my favorite traveling companions; serendipity. It is always a matter of balance, but now that I am retired I can take a bit more time and allow experiences to present themselves and flow over me instead of...

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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 LikePhoto: Reflection of San...

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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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