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Ross

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Sorry, I think I'd have to dig my own latrine.

I get stage fright just trying to take a leak. Ain't no way it would work for #2.
 

ChouDoufu

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Sorry, I think I'd have to dig my own latrine. I get stage fright just trying to take a leak. Ain't no way it would work for #2.
c'mon ross, where's your sense of adventure!!! imagine being on a long-
distance sleeper bus and folks gotta go. i don't mean the children, mom
just hangs 'em over the rail of the upper bunk and lets 'em go in the aisle.
now y'know where "they went wee wee wee all the way home" comes from.

anyway, driver pulls up at a nameless village, where everyone has the
opportunity, nay the privilege, of using the communal squat-trench.
you pay your one mao (strangely, the mao is the only bill that doesn't
have chairman mao on it), or two if you want paper, and prepare for battle.
as you walk in, you have to duck cause the beams are 4-1/2 feet off the
ground and covered in something unidentifiable, and you wonder what caused
the building to sink. oh, it's just the the ground level is rising.

then your tears wash the smoke out of your eyes, and as your eyes slowly
begin to focus again, you realize it ain't incense they're burning. you peer
through the haze and can vaguely make out a trench of sorts against the
far wall. i say of sorts as it's sort of trench-shaped, or was way back in
the song dynasty, which was apparently the last time it was cleaned. ok,
not cleaned, but sorta mucked out.

hmmm, and this seems to be the nerve center of the entire village. it's
here where folks must come for entertainment, judging by all the guys
and/or gals squatting along the trench reading papers, playing gameboys,
listening to music, talking on their cellphone, knitting, and of course,
eating dumplings with spicy tofu pepper paste. naturally, given the effect
these dumplings have, no better place to eat them, kinda like cutting out
the middleman.

that's enough for now, i'll let your imagination carry you through the rest.

and anyway, bina should be having brekkie just about now...........:D
 

Bina

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OK, me no more reading this thread in morning....now I read very late, when me not eating.
Chances good that me have nightmares now.....
 

ChouDoufu

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good news! china has opened a few gates in the great firewall. can now access
email and forums, but still no youtube.

semester ended today, tomorrow take the train to the big city to get visas for
thailand and laos. once i sell all my furniture and mail my clothing, can set off
on the bicycle. hoping i can squeek through before (or after) the worst of
monsoon season. fortunately, the new road across laos is paved. used to take
6-8 hours by bus (if no breakdowns) in good weather, impassible in rain. now just
a quick 3-4 hour bus ride, or maximum two days by bike.

have signed up for a school in chiang mai for an intensive beginners course in thigh,
which will keep me busy for the month of august.

here's a photo i downloaded of the road thru laos......looks like fun.
 

njean

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A customer of ours was stationed in Thailand when she served in the Peace Corps several years ago & she was telling us a little about the culture there.

When she got to the story about being invited to this little village & it came time for dinner & there was a little monkey tied underneath the crude table with a small hole big enough for the monkey's head, I politely asked her to stop! :eek: I must have turned pale & looked like I was about to pass out, so the subject was rapidly dropped much to my relief!!

Good luck to you & stay safe!
 

hensylee

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beautiful picture. hope you don't have to bike uphill too much and that your road is flat all the way there. are you biking or putting your bike on the train? safe trip and let us know your stops along the way.
 

ChouDoufu

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train? train? what train? there are no rail lines between chiang mai in
thailand, and kunming in yunnan. about a thousand miles or so. the
section of laos i'll be crossing just got a paved road two years ago.
otherwise the former dirt track was impassible in the rainy season.

so won't be putting the bike on the train. could however, put the
bike on one of the long canoes running down the mekong, or atop
one of the long-distance busses along with the chicken crates and
coffins and assorted stuff.

i'll just peddle the whole way, much safer than the local transportation.
and it's only 1500 km. i just need to watch out for the wildlife....
lions and tigers and elephants (oh, my!), not to mention cobras.
and pit vipers. and black mambas. and don't forget the bandits.
and the insurgents. and the.......

................maybe i should just take a cruise instead.
 

Bina

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Chou, how very groovy that your semester has ended and you can now continue with your travel plans. It sounds better than OZ.
......and don't even mention the "C" word......shudder.......(c-r-u-i-s-e)....yukky.
 

hensylee

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Ann, one km is .62 of one mile..... Chou's trip of 1500 kms would be 932 miles.
I knew it was close to a mile but bet I am not the only one who wasn't really sure.

Chou, you are going on this LOOOONg trip ON A BICYCLE!!!??? are there places to stop to sleep and eat? how will you do this all alone? can you get a motor to put on the bike? then can you get gas for it? well, when you start, you must tell us so we can worry about you.
 
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