I only have ten weeks left on my trip – ten weeks is more than most people get in a lifetime, I know, but it’s starting to sink in that this adventure will have to come to an end at some point. And perhaps what I love most about this adventure is that I keep discovering locations I love, keep finding new favourite foods and beers, keep learning things I never even knew I needed to learn. Vientiane was a lovely combination of all three of those things; I wasn’t expecting to like that little French city so much. But between the dark Beerlao, the temple-lined avenues, the peaceful bike rides, the traditional Lao massages and the locals’ smiles, I quickly gained an admiration and an adoration for the place.
I’m in Siem Reap now, my first stop in Cambodia. I’ve already sampled the beef lok lak and the amok curry (not to mention plenty of Anchor beers), shopped in the market (both day and night), and, of course, explored Ankgor Wat and its surrounding temples. My impression of Cambodia so far is really positive, and in a way I am kicking myself for spending so much time in Northern Thailand, therefore shortening my time in both Laos and Cambodia. These are lessons we learn on the road, though, and it’s wonderful to know that there is a new country to add to my list of “I’ll Definitely Go Back One Day” – not that that list isn’t long enough already.
Tonight: Pub Street, cheap vendor food, great new friends, more shopping, more laughing, more wishing I could just keep doing this forever and forever.