Wednesday, March 5, 2008
What a sharp difference between and . is a small country with only 6 million people in the total country. has 15 million. It is very similar to but without the major skyscrapers. However, to get Internet is challenging. Also, I have no cell coverage in . The culture is very different as well.
Once our group arrived, we had dinner and crashed back at the hotel. Yesterday, we toured the Emerald Buddha, the Palace and took river boats while we explored the city. I'll just let the pics speak for themselves. This is a difficult city to describe. I am still trying to soak it all in.
is a beautiful country. We began the tour in the where we met with the U.S. Ambassador. After an afternoon in , we went North where we toured some villages and rode down the MeKong River. During the river ride, we went to the cave of the Buddhas. It is a cave in the side of the mountain next to the River. The next morning, we witnessed the Monks travel down the street for alms. Food is given to the Monks (this is how they survive) every morning. After the morning, we climbed the mountain with the Temple overseeing the entire city. At the top, I saw the largest Moth ever! We then toured a local market and watched the elephants go down the center of town.
After three days is , we were treated to dinner at a local restaurant where a 9 year old girl danced traditional dances. The next morning we boarded the plan and flew to .
Monday, March 3, 2008
Well Here are a final few pictures from San Diego. The kids had a blast, as you can see they were worn out. They slept with their new whales the two nights they had them at the hotel. Regan loved the Meerkat below that we saw at the zoo, at one point it rolled over like it wanted it's tummy scratched, too cute! The rest of the pics are self-explanatory. Sorry that they are messed up Alex, I don't have time to format them! the miss you!