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We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

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- Maya Angelou






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Friday, January 1, 2010

Day 12 - Luang Prabang - New Year's Eve

From Laos

Jamie and I didn't really have a plan for today other than going to this local ethnic museum we had heard about. We had thought about going to the Ou Buddhist Caves, but decided that we'd stay in Luang Prabang the entire time until we had to go to Bangkok. Because of this, we'll be able to go kayaking, Jamie can take her cooking class, and we'll have some more time in this amazing city.

Lunch was at a little bakery type place where Jamie's grilled fish was delicious. The spices and sauces they make here are perhaps the tastiest we've encountered in our travels. We walked to the top of the town hill in the main city center and visited the temple at the top as well as the views of the surrounding area. Afterwards, we visited the residence of the King and Queen of Laos when the capital was in Luang Prabang. Nothing incredibly special, but neat nonetheless.

We decided to get some rest instead of heading to the ethnic museum, so we napped and freshened up before enjoying a sunset on the river - a final meal before the New Year. It was tasty enough and we decided to have a drink and dessert at another restaurant on the main street then headed out to see the festivities on the street.

Our intent was actually to go back to the room, drop off our newly purchased sunscreen, and then head out to a great place behind our guesthouse called Utopia. We never made it. We decided to stay in for our big New Year's Eve, didn't watch a ball drop, and watched a movie until just after midnight before falling asleep. We knew we had an early morning and somewhat regret not going out, but we aren't exactly young chickens anymore.

Luang Prabang is great and we are already talking about coming back here someday.

Tomorrow... kayaking down the Ou River.

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