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Willie Weir : February 7th, 2013

Sounds from the Road #17-20

Since 1994 I’ve had the pleasure of contributing to KUOW’s Weekday while on the road via commentaries and interviews. For our latest trip, I sent in 24 sound clips that aired on the shows “sound of the day” segment. Here are clips 17-20.

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Kat Marriner : December 16th, 2012

Taking the Slow Road

In every trip there is a challenge and a part of myself is revealed or at least rediscovered, and this trip is no different. Over the years there are many things I struggle with, but one that pops up again and again, is that I am no athlete. I fail at the endurance test … […]

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 […]

Willie Weir : December 4th, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 4 — Free and Not so Easy

Free Wifi. Whether you pronounce it “why-fie” or “wee-fee”, you better have it if you run a guest house or coffee shop or bakery where the travel crowd/back packers roam. And forget about charging for it. That is so 2007. Wife is the new hot water. The new cable tv. The new essential amenity […]

Willie Weir : December 3rd, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 3 — Beans

As we pass through villages, roadside vending shacks line the road selling whatever produce is in season or whatever resource can be gathered. Sellers hang out all day watching life go by hoping to make a sale as they sit in the shade of their stall. Mostly it’s stalls of papaya right now, so this […]

Willie Weir : December 2nd, 2012

Photos of the Day — Dec 2 — Big and Small

I love these gentle giants. We watched the elephants get their morning bath in the river followed by breakfast. The three elephants at Tadlo had distinct eating styles. One girl delicately twisted off one banana at a time and placed it just so in her mouth. Another took the whole bunch and shoveled it […]