Got back to Beijing on Saturday evening. Kia was supposed to fly out on Sunday at around noon but that didn't happen because their was a marathon that day and we were stuck in the Haidian district of Beijing. Literally stuck. The only people we saw coming in and out were walking off of the freeway on-ramp. Anyway, it worked out and she took the flight the next day. I'm readjusting to work and trying to shake the illness that I am assuming was brought on by lack of sleep and oxygen in Tibet.
Working through the photos that I haven't shared yet and Luang Prabang is next on the list. We spent around three days in Luang Prabang and did a couple of trips out of the city to a waterfall and to the Buddha cave.
Lots of Monks in Luang Prabang, more young monks than we saw in other places like Tibet. Lots of little kids in their robes and carrying umbrellas.
One of the Wats we went to.
Waterfall photos. The waterfall trip was fun but we decided to climb to the top of the waterfall along this path. It turns out that you have to walk through part of the waterfall to get there and by the time you get half way up, you just kind of have to complete the trip. Long story short, much more wet, muddy and without one flip flop, I made it back with a couple of photos. The lack of flip flop meant I had to walk back to the car with one flip flop on and purchase a pair of hilariously horrible flip flops from a vendor who has found an uber-niche market at the bottom of the waterfall trail.
Ride to the Buddha cave and the cave itself.
One more shot in Luang Prabang.
This was our ride to the airport. This is the only ride I will be accepting to/from the airport going forward.
Things are going alright here in China. Getting back into my routine. Liz was in town for about 24 hours and we got to have dinner together which was nice. She is headed back to the states after over a year in Asia. Good for her.