A lazy day in Đồng Hới

2016-04-17 at 06:00

According to the forecast it will be a sunny day with blue sky. I am so happy to stay at the beach. Until I open the doors to the terrace – it is Gray and misty – AGAIN.
There is more blue sky and sun back home in winter than the last few weeks here in Vietnam!

Good Morning Vietnam
Good Morning Vietnam and thank you for the coffee

Breakfast with friends
Breakfast with friends at the Ocean View Homestay – better than breakfast with Facebook that is.

Today I have a free day to explore the city – and the gas is almost empty so I have to fill up.

Nice day on the beach
Nice day on the beach – did not bring a towel – to bad! Looks like another day than.

That is all there is left
That is all there is left – and it looks like they did not want to restore it. So they left it as a monument.

Not sure who decided to use that font but he is an idiot!
Not sure who decided to use that font but he is an idiot!

Different kind of fisherman
Different kind of fisherman – and a lot of work for a few shells

A very small home
A very small home – but the commute to work is extremely short

And another one
And another one

A lot of work today!
Waiting for customers

American bomber
American bomber that looks small on the picture. It is a single-seater but really big.

American bomber

Air sucker
Air sucker

Russian jet from the North Vietnamese AF
Russian jet from the North Vietnamese AF. Compared to the bomber it looks like a toy.

Dog show room
Dog show room

Sandwiched between 2 Karaoke buildings
Sandwiched between 2 Karaoke buildings

How can one do another blog post like that?
How can one do another blog post like that?

At last the dog stays away from the keyboard
At last the dog stays away from the keyboard

2 times a day there is some action in the airspace
2 times a day there is some action in the airspace

 
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From Khe Sanh to Đồng Hới

2016-04-16 at 09:56

After a not so good night in Khe Sanh but a better breakfast: the good old pack the bag game. If you do it every day you get used to it and it goes quite fast. All the stuff you do not need is at the bottom and it stays there. Everything you need will be in the bag in a few minutes.
Today’s mission is to cover 240 kilometres on the Ho Chi Minh Road and there will be no gas station on the way. So I did fill a 1,5 litre plastic water bottle for a few extra kilometres.
Quick look at the forecast an it was promising down at the beach. Another break on the way – why not. So Đồng Hới it was. The clock: 61065 km, the sky: the usual Gray and the road: dry and dusty. Lets drive!

Take a left at the monument
Take a left at the monument. There is actually one more gas station about 10 kilometres after the monument. But it does not make sense to stop and fill up again.

MacArthur Foundation
Would have been interesting to know what the MacArthur Foundation sponsored over here. Since they are from the US one would think they would write something in English as well. No no no – not here in Vietnam they do not!

View over the valley
View over the valley as the road turns into the mountains

Imagine that place in the rainy season
Imagine that place in the rainy season

A lot of green again
A lot of green again

The next village is far from here - you can see it if you look at the forest
The next village is far from here – you can see it if you look at the forest

Driving towards the clouds
Driving towards the clouds. They just put power poles here. Still no line but that will be the next step.

Guess that is why they call it Rain Forest?
Guess that is why they call it Rain Forest? It did not rain but it was super humid.

More forest
More forest

Driving was quite relaxing. No traffic, no sign of civilisation  - not even power poles! Very rare in Vietnam where usually you find them at last at one site of the road.
Driving was quite relaxing. No traffic, no sign of civilisation – not even power poles! Very rare in Vietnam where usually you find them at last at one site of the road. Now you know you are far out!

A stream with water
A stream with clear water – should be a nice stop on a sunny day for a refreshing dip

After hours the first settlement again. Still no power and very simple.
After hours the first settlement again. Still no power and very simple.

At the end of the village you can see the first power pole. Soon they will have power - satellite dishes will come next!
At the end of the village you can see the first power pole. Soon they will have power – satellite dishes will come next!

Back home people would leave these remote villages - here they even build new houses
Back home people would leave these remote villages – here they even build new houses

A star with a heart - how nice
A star with a heart – how nice

No fear of a sun burn today
No fear of a sun burn today

Soon I will turn away from the mountains and head to the coast again
Soon I will turn away from the mountains and head to the coast again

The mountains in the back after I took a right - the road takes me down to the coast
The mountains in the back after I took a right – the road takes me down to the coast

My bunk bed at the Ocean View Homestay in Dong Hoi
My bunk bed at the Ocean View Homestay in Dong Hoi. Since last night was way to expensive I have to make the money back. The next two nights I pay 5 US $ each with WiFi, fan, AC and shared bathroom with hot shower.
Upstairs they have the private rooms but this one will do for me for the next two days.

You like cat - you like dog? We have both!
You like cat – you like dog? We have both!

Cat lift
Cat lift

They will manage to take a lot of time out of your day
They will manage to take a lot of time out of your day

Again the forecast – where is the sun – and the blue sky?
The clock: 61243 = 178 kilometres.

 
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Quiet days in Pai

2016-02-23 at 07:13

The days go fast when you do nothing and when you do something they go even faster. People arrive, become new friends and leave. Old friend come and go. The Pailand thing.

Sleeping cats at the fire
It is still fresh in the night and the cats try to get some of the heat from last nights fire

Adios Bianca
Bianca leaves for India

Elena and Irinie at the Khao Soi place
Elena and Irinie at the Khao Soi place. Irinie did like it so much so she came back up after her trip to Laos

Leo
LEO!

Visit to one of the Elephant concentration camps
Went with Jessica to one of the Elephant conzentration camps. It is so sad to see these gentle giants get abused every day. Why do these stupid idiots need to ride elephants???

One of the landfill sites in Pai
Before that we went to one of the landfills of Pai

One of the landfill sites in Pai
We did find lots of original packed stuff. Expensive hair products for example. And ready-made Lisu weaving. Looks like these designs are not really good to sell on the market anymore if they trash it.

The Content Girl doing content
The Content Girl doing content

Cat in the tree
Cat in the tree

Afternoon Papaya
Afternoon Papaya

Mitsos at the fire
Mitsos at the fire. His favorite place after the Indian restaurant?

And then there was a baby
And then there was a baby. Now I can say: “I gave a bottle once”

Adios Irinie
Adios Irinie

Coconut
Fresh coconut – the best drink there is on a hot day

Mitsos does like his Coconut
Mitsos does like his coconut too

Cat sniffs a coconut
Even the cat does like it!

Cloudy sky
Than there where clouds and rain. I never had rain in Pai the last 12 years! Climate change….

Two of the Twin ut cats
Yes it was that cold all of a sudden for 2 days!!

Dog takes it easy on Walking Street
Taking it easy on Walking Street

Gray Cat
Chillaxing like a cat

Jiha and Marcin
Jiha and Marcin

Khao Soi
One more Khao Soi

Om birthday party
Om’s birthday party

Om birthday party

Lazy afternoon in the hammock
Lazy afternoon in the hammock

Isabelle in pain
Isabelle in pain

Two of the Twin Hut cats
Two of the Twin Hut cat’s

Simona at Bungalow #7
Simona at Bungalow #7

Marc

Two dogs on Walking Street
Two dogs on Walking Street

Afternoon Papaya
One more of them

Márjá and Lewis leave for the Temple
Márjá and Lewis leave for the Temple

 
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Another Day in Pairadiese

2016-02-21 at 08:16

Another visitor at my bungalow
Another visitor at my bungalow

Greek olives and olive oil with Thai tomatoes and French bread
Greek olives and olive oil with Thai tomatoes and French bread! Thank you Mitsos!!

Best Buddy's
Best Buddys

Garlic harvest
Garlic harvest

Garlic harvest

Isabelle
Isabelle

Simona
Simona

My bungalow
My bungalow

Good morning cat!
Good morning cat!

Sunset Beer
Sunset Beer

View from my bungalow
View from my bungalow

Music 1
Mrs. Wiriya Wiseatkun

Music
Mr. Tangaiyakurn Punya

Hot Air Balloon over Pai
The Balloon

Mitsos and Lewis at the Khao Soi place
Mitsos and Lewis at the Khao Soi place

Khao Soi
Khao Soi – my favourite 😉

Pai dog on a bamboo bridge
Pai dog on a bamboo bridge

Irini and Romi leave for Laos
Irini and Romi leave for Laos

Mailin from Bungalow #6
Mailin from Bungalow #6

Where is the food?
Where is the food?

Raquel, Jose and Mitsos
Raquel, Jose and Mitsos

A bowl of Khao Soi - still 40 Bath! About 1,10 €
Another bowl of Khao Soi – still 40 Bath! About 1,10 €

Dog in a chair
Today he is quite sleepy

Balloon over Pai
Again – the balloon

 
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