|The six hour bus ride to Vientiane was somewhat interesting and unlike the others. Luckily jamie and I found 2 seats in the far back. The road was pretty bumpy with plenty of turns, making the women that were sitting next to and infront of us puke in a bags and throw them out the window. A normal occurance I hear. Besides the vomit, the ride wasn't too bad once we got out of the mountains and hills. These long bus rides allowed me to read over 200 pages of my current book, Life of Pi, when the roads were decent enough.
Once we arrived in Vientiane we had a taxi drop us off in the city center where we spent about 40 minutes looking for a cheap and available guesthouse. Finally found one for 76,000 kip with twin beds and a shared bathroom in the hall.
Vientiane is the capitol of Laos. Unlike Phnom Penh and Bangkok, this city had far less traffic and was much easier to cross the streets. There is definitely a european feel and footprinthere with plenty of cafe's, restaurants and bakeries. The Scandinavian Bakery had great choices for goodies, sandwiches and coffee and The Swedish Pizza Place had some pretty decent pizza.
Paid for 1 days membership to a gym, which included a nice workout with machines and free weights, a swimming pool and my first traditional Laos massage. The massage was nice but didn't compare to the one I got from the blind man in Cambodia. I did enjoy the nice lady walking on my back and legs and the hand and foot rub felt really good and much needed!
In the evening jamie and I went went to a Yensabai(Laos traditional) Show that played various flk dances and performances in traditional gear. It was quite interesting to see their culture, but felt like I was watching a high school rehearsal in a crummy building. At the end they had us get up front where they attempted to show us how to dance and move and bend our hands like they did. Really difficult to do, but hey atleast I gave it a shot! For dinner we ventured into China town for a beer and went to a restaurant where we made our own fresh spring rolls by hand. At times it got pretty messy, but was still a great eat.