20 April 2007

Back to work

It's quiet here so I'm writing this- hey, a little reflection might help me be more productive later. I'm already thinking about my next trips and might make a list of the places I'd like to visit before I go home.

It's almost certain visit these places...
Bangkok (to watch the soccer of course)
Hong Kong
Vang Vieng, Laos

There's a really good chance I'll go to these places...
Yangon, Myanmar
Siam Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Halong Bay in Vietnam
Chiang Mai and some islands and beaches in Thailand
Plain of Jars and some other places in Laos

Further away so less likely to go but would love to...
Kunming, China

I'm dreaming if I think I can get there this year but on the odd chance...
Hawaii, Atlanta and will throw in New York city while I'm at it

We'll see how it goes. Any tips are very welcome and if you're planning to go to any of the places within the next year, please let me know. My problem is travel insurance. The one I have been given is a special package for our whole volunteer group so the silly insurance company says I can't extend it. If I offer them sufficient money they'll extend my insurance right? Is it possible to take out an insurance policy with an Australian insurance company even though I've left the country already? I'll have to find out.

I tried instant laap flavoured rice porridge yesterday and it's not very good. It had rice bubbles in it and when you pour hot water in they go soft and thicken the porridge. The other night I tried food from our local street stalls. I bought some skewers of barbequed fish and some skewers with sausage. I bought some hot, steamed sticky rice and raw beans too. It made a pretty good cheap dinner so at least I know that good local eating options are available. We have no gas bottles for cooking at our house yet. We also haven't had hot water for three weeks but we'll ask to have it fixed soon.

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