Life on the Mekong and Other Rivers

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Monday, November 10, 2008

More than a Quantum of Solace... be found on Khao Lak.

Yes, we have decided to return to Khao Lak, Thailand for a mid-winter break from Kyiv in February.

Last time we were there, February 2002 (Khao Lak, not Thailand, obviously), we were unmarried, childless, and hanging with friends from New York.

This time we are actually contemplating inviting Vone down from Vientiane to take turns watching Jack to give us time off. We're such grown up bourgeois people.

In between, Khao Lak was almost completely destroyed by the December 2004 tsunami. It was probably the hardest hit part of Thailand.

But they've rebuilt, and so we will return.

Plus, we're going to head North to Vientiane for a week to see old friends and reintroduce ourselves to Lao food, Lao language, and Lao $5 massages.

Sadly, our beloved Sunset Bar finally succumbed to the flood waters of the Mekong. Historically high water in August (which included flooding in Luang Prabang and Vientiane) weakened the laughably inadequate supports, and a few weeks ago it finally collapsed. We are told it happened in 8:00 am and noone was injured. The owners say they will rebuild. Hopefully they will have rebuilt by February.

And yes, I am going to see the new Bond movie tomorrow.


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