That feeling when "the google" (offline) lets you down hard and your 228 km evening ride after a 151 km morning cruise turns into a jungle slog on dirt roads fighting to average 10km/hr. You realize after a couple of hours there's not a chance in hell you are gonna make it to a "normal" place to sleep for the night and start going through the alternatives.
Oh yeah and.. #skol#vikings !!
Travel, especially solo travel, has the power to awaken our childlike sense of wonder. It has the power to show us who we really are by forcing the ego to take a back seat, thus revealing the self. It allows us to see what we love most in others; we appreciate the simple humanity in other people - even if they are strangers who speak a different language, carry a different set of values, a different set of struggles. Through travel we become alive. When doing it alone, no one is there to show you what that experience is supposed to look like, no one can tell you how you're supposed to feel, or whether or not the simple tree you're staring at is worth the moment in which you chose to be one with it. Travel allows you to truly see and feel everything, to be still, and one with the present moment which is all there ever is. Free yourself from the monotony of daily life and release your inner child! I want you all to feel what I'm feeling right now - in your own, unique and blissful way. Sending love & light to all of you, from Thailand. 💕💫
Today we visited a museum and learnt about the amount of unexploded ordnance in Laos. I never realised that Laos has the unfortunate title of being the most bombed country in the world per capita and still hides up to 80 million unexploded bombs today. Every year 300 people are killed by them in mostly rural areas. That number does not take into account other injuries such as loss of an eye or limb. Children are particularly attracted to the ‘bombies’ because they look like toys. People are warned not to do simple things such as ‘dig too hard and deep’ or ‘light a fire on the ground’. They are working on disposal but estimate that they have removed less than 1% of what was left after the Vietnam War. As you can imagine this has a profound impact on the social economic status of Laos and UXO areas are directly linked to increased poverty. Unbelievable to me that this is not shouted about far and wide. I am saddened about my own ignorance living in my comfortable western bubble! Such a seemingly chilled, welcoming and warm population have suffered and continue to suffer so much thanks to events over 30 years ago! If you’d like to donate as we have done... https://www.uxolao.org #travelling#laos#uxolaos#ecotourism#bombingforpeaceislikefuckingforvirginity