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Gert complains that he is yawning from boredom, so I will try to cheer him (and others as well) up a bit. I break my Russian travelogue and jump to my archive. Eleven years is not so long but I have difficulties to find decent old photos.
In 2003 I and my friends from publishing house lost the job and became retired. Suddenly we had a lot of free time so I organized a five weeks trip for my seven (!) friends to South East Asia. Now I do not understand why I wanted to travel with such a big group. It was my first journey to Asia. I like Asia so much that later I went to other countries as well. We went to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia and the strangest adventure I ever had were during this trip. In Chiang Mai or Rai the local agency organized for us a few days trekking to the mountain tribes in the Golden Triangle. It is the are where three border meet: Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. What means of transport we used then! A few hours through the jungle on elephants, primitive float on the river, similar truck as here on the photo. And a lot of just walking in the mountains with backpacks. It was all prepared for us but we had the feeling it was real, not something played for the tourist (no coke from fridge :)). We haven't met any other groups. In the villages we slept just on the floor in primitive huts. And it was so cold in the night. Our guide went with a big basket with food that he prepared in the evening on the fire. Somewhere on the way he got fruits from the orchards. I ate there pomelo just from the tree, for the first time. Since then when I see pomelos in our supermarkets they remind me that trip.
In the villages I got up early and went around to observe how the people began their day. I have no idea where the people on the photo went.

The story about my adventures there is long so it will be in parts (if you will be interested, :).


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