Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Leave The Guidebook In Your Accommodation
Don’t skip the iconic sights, but be open to more obscure ideas. Who knows where you might end up?
For me it was staying overnight in a tiny rural village with a new local friend and his extended family, getting drunk on home-distilled liquor, and trading Lao phrases such as “Can you starch the collars” and “Is there an ATM around here?” from our phrasebook.
I don’t remember anyone I met while visiting the Taj Mahal, but I won’t forget the laughter and warmth of the night I stayed in an unnamed village in the middle of the Lao jungle.