Still not entirely sure what to expect on this adventure. The morning enjoyed a homemade omelette at the hostel – its included in the stay. Then ventured out to find the Mekong river and book on Lao. Did not find either, got lost and then went into a volunteer organization that directed me to a school “Big Brother Mouse” where they have free english classes. Spoke with a gentleman “Lam” for a while about the classes.
Then ventured to find food – a delicious chicken sandwich. Also bought a beautiful Lao handcrafted blanket to help stay warm at night. Juggled for a bit in the market and drew a crowd. A lady and gentleman said I could easily teach classes to the local people and make a living that way in Luang Prabang.
Found the bus to camp easily – many people were going. The ride was about an hour. At camp I napped – nothing really happened the first night. Missed a delicious dinner but still ate. Joined the fire circle and the dog came over and laid in my lap “Khau” like sticky rice but not like “cow” but they sound the same. I’m now writing by candle-light. My little bungalow has no running water or electricity. I absolutely love this! Can’t wait to see what its like when it warms up.
You can hear the rivers from everywhere on the land.
The dogs name is pronounced Cow – oo . One the last day of the retreat someone pointed out that the dog’s name was actually “White” not sticky rice but the words sound similar. Sticky rice sounds like cow and white sounds like cow oo. But when you say sticky rice/cow it’s not flat, you raise up and down during the vowel and cut it short. For white you raise up and extend the oo at the end for a bit longer.
The bus ride was in the back of a pick up with a top on it…they’re called Tuk Tuk’s. There are different sizes with different names and they go for various rates. The circus had pre arranged Tuk Tuk rides for the days off.
The land is on the way to the Kuang Xi Waterfall so it is very easy to get a ride to/from the circus and Luang Prabang. You just go to the main road and wait for a Tuk Tuk and flag them down. Some of our group took free rides with other tourists. Some of the circus goers were even brave enough to thumb motor bike rides. The motor bikes are not taxis in Laos like they are in Thailand. In Thailand they have special certifications to taxi on the motor bike.