6th Jan 2014
It was with GREAT regret we left the luxury of La Folie. The night before we had skyped our daughter and son-in-law from pool side. So surreal. Them in Melbourne us in Laos. Such fun. I hope the internet does not break. With sad hearts we left La Folie. Little did we know we were going to the opposite end of the accommodation spectrum. We travelled to the Boloven Plateau which is a lot cooler than the low lands next to the Mekong. On the way we saw Laos people about the business of life. Markets, black smithing, growing coffee, tea, watermelon .....There is no hurry nor anticipation of selling us something. It is a good place for a relaxing holiday. We are staying in a lodge next to a huge, noisy waterfall that looks like it will go all night (as it has for the last thousand or so years). This is the rustic end of the trip. The room light is so dim we cannot read, no heater, very small room, grumpy manager, mosquitoes (yes not their fault), wet bathroom floor, no soap, cold shower, no power point - oh found it hiding under a table, small bed (we are used to king size), hard mattress, no flannel, the floor slopes, no silk bath robes - such a whiner. I knew La Folie was special. We are again at the end of a dirt road and walked around this afternoon and found the main road. We just sat in a very simple road side stall and watched Laos go by. Our washing water tonight will look like the Mekong. It was lunch time at the local primary school and we watched as kids played the same games as back home. Even a kid on playground duty detention wielding a huge knife cutting the grass. It looks like it will be cool tonight. No heater just blankets. Christine continues to cough but should get better as she is soon to be on her second day of antibiotics. Being sick has not slowed her tourist activities. She has booked a half day walk tomorrow. There are heaps of back packers around, this must be a popular spot for them. I hope they are not too noisy at night.