Laos :: Plain of Jars (Phonsavan)

When the water rises, the fish eat the ants; when the water falls, the ants eat the fish.
– Laotian Proverb

I knew I wanted to see “the Stonehenge of Asia”… Uhm… Not sure if anyone other than me calls it that, but whatever…
The Plain of Jars is a megalithic archaeological landscape. There are thousands of stone jars scattered around the upland valleys and the lower foothills of the central plain of the Xiangkhoang Plateau (Plateau du Tran-Ninh in French). The jars are mostly arranged in clusters ranging in number from one to several hundred and here’s the kicker: no one knows exactly what their purpose was. There are many theories, all from food storage to burial site (which is the most popular one, given the fact that a scientist on one of the sites found human bone in one of the jars, however there are those saying this is coincidence rather than absolute proof). At least all of this is what our guide said… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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France :: Living in Paris for a time

โ€œIf you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.โ€
– Ernest Hemingway

Living in Paris for a time and going to school to (re)learn French has been a point on my bucket list for near 15 years.

Now it is done. I have checked off this point on the list… And I have massively improved my French, made some friends for life and collected a bucket of new jokes and hashtags to take with me. #PourqouiMoi #PourqouiJapprendsFrancais #Pepe #Boulangerie #LhommeDeVache #LaPorteEstFermee #FrancaisEstUneLangueTresRiche

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Vietnam :: Halong Bay

“โ€œIf you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; itโ€™s lethal.”
โ€“ Paulo Coelho

Another bucket list item from the early days of planning this trip. I had heard it was not the right time to see Halong Bay and I “should come back later because there wouldn’t be much sunshine so there was no point. Respectfully, I disagree…

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