I have been somewhat under the radar the past couple of weeks. A combo deluxe of lurgey (a bronchial bleurgh), intense work schedule and travel. This evening I am peeking out of the void gently and gingerly.
Last Friday evening I arrived home, shook my sleeping travel bag and hastily threw in the essentials I would need to be away for 11 days. I am becoming so blasé about travel, I really do fear that I will land in Bangkok one of these days without the essentials. Particularly bank cards which I do not use in Yangon. I have even had nightmares about this, and have no idea how on earth I was deal with the situation if it did arise, so I send myself text messages and emails to remind me!
Early Saturday morning, I again sipped my departure cup of tea, zipped and closed the travel bag, checked ticket, passport and those essential bank cards, and waved goodbye to hubby and doglets. This time I was to transit Bangkok and travel onwards to Vientiane, Laos. The distance is not great, but connections are not great either so it takes the best part of a day to get to Vientiane, so I was very glad to reach safely and without any interference in the form of storm clouds this time.
This is the first time I have been back to Vientiane since my first visit 12 years ago so I have been looking forward to the trip. Unfortunately, some reprise or new lurgey descended not long after I arrived and all of my energy has gone into the day work and I have not yet had the strength or energy to visit the city and see how much it has changed. So the photo below is not one of mine! It is a Lao tourism pic, just to give a flavour while I regroup enough to venture out and about.
While I have been ploughing on and trying to banish feeling rough, I have received something very exciting. Something which made me squeal with excitement and not quite jump, but at least animate me! The Dragonfruit Anthology is getting more real! Our editor, Shannon Young, has received a REAL copy of the book, with REAL PAPER PAGES. How exciting is that?! Our contributor copies will arrive soon, and then be sent on to us and then I will be able to hold the book in my own hands!
This is what it looks like!
It is now only 11 days until 10 June, when our Dragonfruit Anthology (as we affectionately call our book) will be published!
I am not sure how many images I will be able to take of Vientiane, but I can guarantee one thing – I will be unbearable when I have my own copy in my hands and there will be MANY images of Dragonfruit!