Che culo! as the italians say: I don’t know how we managed this, but we went to the Philippines and escaped all the catastrophes that happened there last week: the typhoon, the ferry sinking in Cebu and then the huge flood in Manila. We didn’t escape the usual 2 hours delays of every boat and ferry of the country though. My European self is starting to get used to it slowly, thank god I have a comics reader on my phone.
First night in Manila, on top of the Bayleaf hotel for the view (Intramuros):
Bohol: Chocolate hills, tarsiers conservation center, river cruise and Baclayon (the oldest) church of course, following the tracks of all the other tourists of the island:
Thoughts about Vientiane: Fun people, lots of temples and monks, lots of silk, and of course spicy food (I’m hopeless, will never get used to it). We also did a herb sauna in the forest, in a hut made of bamboo; drank a very good local coffee; talked French with many Lao people and had the biggest cheese soufflé ever. And I will remember forever the smell of the shrimp paste, wish I’d never opened that box…
lovely colourful benches ruining the monument
Wine everywhere in Laos! What a change from Malaysia…
Even monks have to do their laundry
Tous les noms de rues sont traduits en français
Ganesh is my fave
Quick, quick, 5 minutes to pray before getting on the tour bus again…haha so spiritual
Buddha elevating his spirit
This is supposed to look like Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. Looks better than the original one, doesn’t it?