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Feb 26, 2006 - Let Us Into Laos, PLEASE!

We had headed to the Laos border with great excitement. Passport photos and money in hand, we were ready to buy our Lao visas. Usually its my passport that causes all the confusion so we were very suprised when it was Brad's that held us up. I had just gotten my Lao visa at the border when we handed over Brad's passport. The immigration official flipped thru it many times and finally looked up and said, "Sorry, there are no more pages in your passport." Whoops! Mr. Laid Back Brad didn't seem too worried though as he pointed to the back...

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Oct 4, 2005 - Mengla - last day in China

We set off at 5 a.m. this morning, since the road we were to take was reported to be very bad indeed after the first 160 km. A truck had been arranged to meet the group in Simao to take the e-type Jag that has poor ground clearance. The Porsche also had some problems on yesterday's very bad section and was going to go by truck over the worst section. The rest of us decided to tough it out. The first part of the road was good tarmac - just as well with dawn at 7 a.m. There was a mudslide after about 15km and the (useless) local guide was...

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May 10, 2005 - Menglan, Menglun, Mengla

Have spent the day not quite sure where I am as everywhere sounds the same. Shipped out of Menglan by 8:30am and had a 2 hour journey through the rainforest to Menglun. Left our backpacks with the ticket office and spent the rest of the morning and well into the afternoon looking around some Botanical Gardens. The weather was steaming hot and so the shade of the various plants and trees proved a welcome respite from the blazing sun. Even Danny applied the sun lotion. The gardens were really well maintained and looking at all the...

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Jul 2, 2004 - Xishuangbanna: Part I

As quarterback, back-field, and coach, I have the great luxury of play calling. Yesterday, I called an "audible." Meaning: While the play was in motion, I looked at my options and decided on a southernly diversion. I was in Kunming, being treated to some real hospitality from two new friends--Carol and Dingboy, and had plans to stay on the "hippie trail"--- a well defined path heading West from Kunming to Dali, Dali to Lijiang, and onto Tibet. Enter the audible. I had heard about an enchanting place in Southwestern China called...

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