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Willie Weir : December 15th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 15

Kat backs her bicycle on to a ferry to cross back over to the mainland. When you take a close look at some of these ferries, you have to be thankful that the Mekong is as calm as it is. Safely across, we pedaled along the east bank to the city of Kratie. -w

The […]

Willie Weir : December 14th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 14

We are following some of the routes in the “Mekong Discovery Trail” and by far the most challenging is the ride down the length of Roungeav Island, the largest island in the Mekong river. The route follows rough and sandy ox cart tracks, which sometimes fade away or come to intersections with no direction. We […]

Willie Weir : December 13th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 13

The Koh Khnhaer greeting committee gathered as we walked through the village of one of our homestays along the Mekong. They joyfully say “hello” again and again and follow us as we walk up and down the one street town. The signs of poverty make it clear why NGOs are trying to bring tourist dollars […]

Willie Weir : December 12th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 12

We see all kinds of improbably things sold along the dusty back roads of Cambodia, and this is one of my favorites. This is the mattress and dresser salesman, toting stacks of mattresses and what I hope is plastic (not glass) dressers. And now that I think of it, there is no mattress store. […]

Willie Weir : December 11th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 11

As we crossed the border into Cambodia, we made the decision to follow the Mekong as closely as we could heading south toward Phnom Penh. The main highway is a wide boring stretch that cyclists bitterly complain about.

But the alternate roads, or paths, or tracks don’t connect all the way down river. So […]

Willie Weir : December 10th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 10

These babies are the reason you always, always check the area before sitting down. Weaver ants don’t officially “sting” you. They just bite you, and then spit formic acid into the bite. It hurts like hell. This photo was taken at Khone Phapheng, the largest waterfalls on the Mekong. A weaver ant dropped out of […]

Willie Weir : December 8th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 8 — Two Views

The next morning we continued pedaling down the west bank of the Mekong. We startled several kids, not used to having “falangs” on their walking route. Some of them even ran away from us. It was a Saturday, so many families were hanging out together under their simple wooden homes, built on stilts

We passed […]

Willie Weir : December 7th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 7 — Cards & Great Route to School

“I call your bluff, sister.” The game was so hot I doubt they registered I was there. All the better for a peek into what really happens Saturday morning in the back allies along the Mekong. -k.

Kat and I were pedaling down the west bank of the Mekong. The official road is further west, […]

Willie Weir : December 6th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 6 — Wat Water

There used to be a road from Wat Phu all the way to the temple complex at Angkor Wat. But that was a long time ago. Few tourists get to this small site compared to the granddaddy, Angkor. But for what Wat Phu lacks in grandness, it makes up for in location and intimacy. The […]

Willie Weir : December 5th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 5

There is no shortage of children in Laos and we’ve grown accustomed to their “sabaidee” dance as we approach. They are usually all giggles and wiggles until you stop and they are face-to-face with a falang. I met these boys in the neighborhood wat (Buddhist temple) and they too were all giggles and smiles until […]