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Old 04-19-2014, 07:54 PM   #16
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Thinking back about our trip, the mask making was prob our least favorite activity. We didn't get paint on our clothes, although I think your suggestion is very good. It was just a bit boring. It only loosely applied to what we were seeing that day, and the best masks in the group really didn't look that great. The lantern making in Hoi An made more sense, and the final product turned out much better.
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Our lanterns were so professional, and one famiLy in our group had made masks in Venice that they said were equally professional. I think we were expecting that level of active rather than school craft. Today has started off better already though. We loved the tai chi in the park!
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When we went on this trip last year there were no connecting rooms available at any of the hotels. We were a little shocked especially after doing South Africa and China where we had connecting rooms at all hotels. I ended up staying with my daughter and my husband with my son so it was not easy but there was nothing we could so about it. We were constantly running down the hall to meet them. It is a shame but they said connecting rooms are not standard in Asia.
The other two families have connecting rooms but I guess there were not enough available. It is quite a busy time here in Hanoi. In any event, I spoke to the guides about confirming our rooms for the next few hotels.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:35 PM   #19
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Great day today!

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Day 2 in Laos

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Did you go swimming in Laos in the natural pool of water after lunch and before seeing the bears? We went swimming, but some on out trip were sick for a couple of days afterwards. Many in our group thought it was from swimming. I was wondering if ABD kept it.
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No cousin Orville there was no swimming. There was a bit of confusion about it as Drew told us there was swimming, but when we reached the spot our local guide said it was "too dangerous". It any event we were all tired by then and happy to go back to the hotel. We cancelled the trip to the temple in the afternoon (not sure which one) and met up at 5.30 for the night market expedition. All the kids in the group had a ball in the pool that afternoon.
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That must have been scary not knowing where your boys were! I'm glad it all turned out well. I'm surprised, because this is usually the kind of thing the Adventure Guides excel at.

The elephant ride sounds fun!

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Great blog! My son and I are big Amazing Race fans, so the race through the temples was right up our alley. I remember where your boys got lost. That's a very complex temple. If a party separated, it could be tough to find each other especially if everyone is running around. We actually ended our race inside that temple and exited together as an ABD group. Sounds like they changed it up. Glad it turned out ok. It was one our favorite ABD activities, but you race through the temples so fast, it's hard to really appreciate what you're seeing very much like the Amazing Race. We went back on the post ABD day to tour around Ta Prohm and Bayon.


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Hi Anna,

It was great fun sharing this Adventure with you and the boys. We miss having "Fan Boy" (Flynn) around to keep us cool...

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Flynn misses you guys too! He loved being part of a bigger group. Thanks so much for adopting us - we loved all the dinner opportunities and it was so much more fun for us to have extra people instead of just our family.
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Great blog! My son and I are big Amazing Race fans, so the race through the temples was right up our alley. I remember where your boys got lost. That's a very complex temple. If a party separated, it could be tough to find each other especially if everyone is running around. We actually ended our race inside that temple and exited together as an ABD group. Sounds like they changed it up. Glad it turned out ok. It was one our favorite ABD activities, but you race through the temples so fast, it's hard to really appreciate what you're seeing very much like the Amazing Race. We went back on the post ABD day to tour around Ta Prohm and Bayon.


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Cousin Orville,

Thanks again for all of your tips, suggestions and restaurant recommendations. We went to dinner at the Club Opera Novel and Sugar Palm and everyone enjoyed their meals very much. But, as "austraveler" described in her blog, I think we were enjoying the music a little TOO much at the Club Opera Novel because the volume gradually decreased until there was just silence...
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