Until next time,
I got to Varadero and I refilled the trailer with gloves, catcher's equipment, soccer and baseballs. I was staying in a Casa that was right beside a dance party that was taking part in the streets..I found myself right in the mix, and roaming around in an old Chevrolet from one place to another. I don't know what's more exhausting biking for ten hours or trying to keep up with some of these Cuban women...I feel like I was more bound to go down with an injury from dancing given some of the maneuvers I was being taught. I woke in the morning and made my pursuit towards a small town called Colon. I went though a town called Cardenas, and the kids came in hot!! The street tribal call was in full effect, but I managed to get some order. I was cycling against the sunset, and I ended up 20 km short of my destination. I found a bus stop bench to crash for the night, until a gentlemen by the name of Isnel brought me into his home. They made me an unreal dinner, and I spent a few hours learning Spanish together.
Going through the central parts of Cuba they are a few industries present, and I often saw kids playing along side of the highway finding creative ways to keep themselves entertained. I gave away a set of catcher's equipment to a young boy who couldn't believe what he was receiving, thanks to the donation of my friend Jeremy Nichols.
I cycled down to Cienfuegos, and then I made a push through the mountains to Trinidad which was 90 km of cycling. When I came down from the mountains I was blessed with lush scenery and beautiful ocean views. I made my way into this historical city, and I just loved the casual rhythm that was on the streets..When I left Trinidad I had a nice warm-up of a 30 km climb to wake me up in the morning. The views were stunning, and I made it to the top of a place called "Topes de Collantes." I cycled 85 km through tough terrain to make it to Santa Clara, and this part of the tour I gave out all the rest of the donations.
Yesterday I cycled back into Varadero and what an experience it was in such a short period of time. Thank you to the people of Cuba for opening their homes, showing their hospitality, leading me in the right direction, and for the countless Spanish and salsa lessons....This organization has successfully cycled through four countries giving out sporting equipment over a distance of 10 000 km. Chasing sunsets, terrible tan lines, cycling to the unknown and going at a pace that allows you to understand the beauty that surrounds you is my kind of adventure...Much love goes to the staff and students of Cedar middle school for your support..I have amazing students who are all unique and special..Thank you to Adam Jensen, friends and family for having such a wonderful fundraiser to make this ride possible, and everyone who believes in this cause. The trail of smiles you brought to everyone I met was very special. The power of play has brought us all so many fond memories, and it's nice to provide others with a beginning to experience the wonders of this simple gift. Any equipment that you have that is collecting dust please send them my way...Muchas Gracias from all the wonderful people who received donations along the way.
Until next time,
Havana was a sight to see...The smell of cigars, kids playing soccer in the streets, and the tourists train that runs through the square. I left las mamas early with the trailer loaded as I cycled into the country side in pursuit of Matanza. I made a couple stops at schools, but establishments in Cuba do not accept donations unless you go through the municipality. I made the mistake of throwing soccer balls over a fence at a high school, and the chaos inside the school grounds got out of hand. The director of the school said one word "policia" and I knew that was my cue to leave...I high tailed out of there, but had a few students in pursuit of a donation riding double on a bicycle. They went after me for few kilometers and I gave them a soccer ball for their valiant effort.
Che Guevara is idealized throughout the country. Every morning the students make a pledge to be like "Che" and it's incredible to see how much influence and change one person can instill. Revolution signs from the early 60's are still present throughout the country which celebrates the victory over capitalism and exploitation of the Cuban people. Throughout my tour I cycled through remote parts where food and water are sparse. I often had people asking for my clothes because goods and necessities are hard to obtain. In Cuba there are more horses than cars...You can buy your own caballo (horse) for 20 pesos. I was thinking of trading the bike straight up...
The kids in Cuba are all about baseball...There are many professional teams throughout the country, and I met many teams of all ages throughout my tour. As I cycled through the country side of Matanza, many people were playing soccer with deflated balls, and playing baseball with sticks and stones. It's a nice feeling to be able to shout out "amigos" and provide them with a gift that will hopefully last for a long period of time. I met a great little league team and everyone received a toothbrush and toothpaste to keep those teeth looking beautiful!
I reached Matanza after 110 km of cycling and I woke up the next morning to return to Varadero to refill the trailer. It was suppose to be a light riding day which turned into 100 km ride because I took the scenic route..and I was cycling into the wind which was putting the legs to the test...However, cycling is the best way to explore a country. Everything slows down to a pace to witness how the people live their lives, and you make spontaneous interactions. There are no post services in Cuba, and if a message wants to get delivered it's received on a personal note. We are losing our ability to have natural encounters and it was refreshing to have personal interactions amongst the people...
Hola from Havana!! What an amazing country and my tour has only begun! The fourth annual charity ride began in Varadero. It took some time to get through customs given all the equipment and goods that entered, but after two hours of questioning I was set free with no problems. When you step into Cuba you feel you just came out of a time machine....Vintage cars from the 50's, old bicycles, and 80's music blasting...
Imports that arrive in Cuba are not affordable for your average citizen. Any equipment or goods brought here is a blessing to the people and I can't tell you how much excitement I am witnessing from the donations that were given...The average salary for a citizen of Cuba is 20 pesos per month which is equivalent to 15 dollars. The trailer consists of cleats, bats, gloves, soccer and baseballs, and helmets. Also, I have been handing out tons of toothpaste and tooth brushes thanks to the lovely Lisa Perejma and her dental office.
I have been speaking a mix of French and Spanish to survive...Havana is a special place with an energy that doesn't stop...I met a guy by the name of Louis who is a cigar dealer on the streets and my guy set me up with a baseball dealer in Havana to refill the trailer for my next push. I am loving the music that is here in Havana..I played flamenco last night at a cafe with a Cuban band which was a blast. The rhythm is alive in the streets from dusk till dawn. The city is ran by back alley discussions, and the local merchants. This won't be the last time I make a visit to Havana...
It's been mucho calor here in Cuba and it's been a lot of fun riding through different towns. My support team has consisted of locals providing cheese and bananas along the way to refuel...I have been ripped off due to my own ignorance and paid almost a month's salary for 10 small bananas...but I have to tell you those bananas were phenomenal...and I have been learning so much about this country in the few days I have been here. The revolution kept all their traditions in place, and the Cubans live in a very sustainable way. They have limited access to materials to replace or fix infrastructure. I admire their ability to survive, re-use, and find a way regardless of the challenges. It's refreshing being down here, and going back to a simple lifestyle
This will probably the only time I will be able to write because wifi is only available in Havana. I will be making my way south in very remote parts, and I am looking forward to meeting more wonderful people along the way. I stayed with a couple of beautiful mamas in Havana who have treated me as their own. I am loving life down here and I must say thank you to everyone who made this possible. It's a very special way to see a country and make connections with the people...Much love goes out to everyone, and I will make sure every donation is delivered.
Adios from Havana.
This journey has now come to an end as I cycled my way into Hanoi today...In the end we gave out 470 pieces of equipment throughout the hills of Laos, leaving behind a trail of smiles after 1220 km cycled..This tour would not have been possible if it wasn't for the people who believed in the mission....so I must say thank you for your contributions, support and an experience I will never forget...It's amazing to take the time and give back, especially when you able to share your passion with others. The people we met through our travels felt our energy, but they also gave us much inspiration to move forward...The energy and enthusiasm from everyone kept us hauling and those hills conquered become an after thought....This is a small charity, but my goal is for people to feel connected and see the joy that comes along with a simple gift...It is amazing how sport and play can unite people together and bring happiness and Cyril and I gave it our heart to ensure that message was delivered....
Riding a bicycle you become aware of your surroundings and the way people truly live their lives...I gained a huge amount of respect for the people and how they cope with their environment...However, the people don't see their environment as a struggle which was evident from all the positive interactions we experienced throughout our travels..but were grateful for the gifts provided and I am glad we could provide a little help...
This charity has now successfully completed three tours and I must say thank you to our friends, family, Sino-Canada students and staff, South Meridian Elementary, Diamond head Elementary, CIJS and our sponsors Mac Bros, Guardian International, Decathlon and Cocos Pure for believing in our mission...Also, I need to give a shout out to my teammate Cyril Indome who was the perfect choice to be out here..The kids were so fortunate to feel his passion for sport and his love for working with kids. My hope is we can continue this positive momentum for future tours and add more haulers to visit schools and impoverished areas of the world...
这个慈善活动已经成功的完成了三段旅行，我得感谢朋友们、家人、中加枫华中学的师生、South Meridian小学、Diamond head小学、迪卡龙、Guardian International公司和Cocos Pure公司，感谢你们信任这一理念。我还得隆重感谢我这一路的伙伴Cyril Indome先生，他能到这里来是个最佳人选。这里的孩子们幸运地感受到他对运动的激情和为孩子工作的热爱。我希望我们将来能继续进行，去拜访更多的学校和其他贫困地区。
Our work is done for now, but I am so grateful for everyone who made this tour a success. Thank you to the wonderful people of Laos for letting us in and making us feel welcomed. Also, a big shout out to Noy and Kydeux for getting the equipment shipped and making this project a reality! I hope everyone enjoyed our mission and as I sign off here I write with a heavy heart for the people who supported us and lead us along the right path...I hope this story brought you joy and happiness which provided many with the gift of sport and privilege to play....
Until next time....going dancing tonight!
Happy New year from Quan Hao Vietnam!
我在越南 Quan Hao祝大家新年快乐！
Before leaving Xam Neua I had to pick up the last shipment of equipment and I can't believe we received all six! There has been the obvious challenges with the language and getting people to understand what exactly we are doing out here...but I got to give a shout out to my guy at the Pak Mong bus station who came through for us...Sometimes you just need a little faith and I am so grateful for all the great people who have helped us along this epic journey..
在离开Xam Neua前我必须要去取最后一次装备，令我不敢相信的是他们居然把全部的6车货一起寄到了这里！显然语言问题在这里是个巨大的挑战，很难跟他们讲清楚我们在干什么，但是我还是要感谢Pak Mongolia车站的伙计们，他们给了我巨大支持，有时候你只需要相互信任，我要感谢所有帮助我们完成这段旅程的人们！
The trailer was loaded to full capacity...Locals riding by on scooters take a double glance to see what exactly I am doing...I often have battles with truck drivers to see who will take the crown at the top of the hill and so far my record is pretty good. I made stops at many schools over the past two days...At times I had to perform a little off-roading to meet these energetic kids, but it's not very often they receive visitors in these parts of Laos...The schools out here don't have any equipment and lack basic resources...I went to a secondary school yesterday and I met a lady who told me the kids are keen to be active and enjoy sport, but don't have any funding to purchase the equipment...We have been giving schools our contact information along the way if we have met people that can speak English. My hope is that we can continue to stay connected with these schools so we can continue to provide support...
The riding towards the border has been spectacular...I am surrounded by limestone mountains, lush vegetation and it's been amazing to witness the everyday life of the people living in the villages...Compared to our standards, the people live tough lifestyles....but all I see are smiles and they have been so grateful if you take the time to say hello...Cycling through these remote areas has been very special...It's amazing to be able to provide people with a gift, but I must say the experience I have received during this journey is something special I will hold with me for the rest of my life...
Yesterday, I crossed the border and waved goodbye to Laos...This country has survived to remain in it's natural state...but it's the people that have made this a unique and amazing place...I have made my way to a town called Quan Hao in Vietnam and the road getting here is similar to a mountain bike trail...haha. Last night was difficult to find accommodation and almost found myself bunking up with three Vietnamese gentlemen in a hut, until I finally understood there is a town 3 km away...I want to wish everyone a happy new year and I hope 2014 brings everyone happiness and of course adventure...
Much love from Vietnam,
Here I go again on my own...
Now that the big guy has left the trailer has a little extra weight...I am now rocking a double decker to haul the equipment...Yesterday I made my way to Phou Lao which is located in the mountains and the first climb of the day was 17 km. Throughout this stretch there were no places for supplies so I made sure I was stocked up with everything I needed to hit these climbs with ease..Before I left Viang Thong I met a very nice Australian by the name of Anna who came through huge for me because the ATM in town wouldn't accept my debit....She lent me money and I promised to get her back once I arrived in Xam Neua. Thanks again Anna!
那个大个子走了，货斗比以前重了不少，我是带着双货斗了。昨天我朝Phou Lao骑，路也在山里面，第一个坡就有17公里。这段路没有补充食物的地方，所以我准备的很充分，我离开Viang Thong前遇见了一个可爱的澳大利亚人，他叫Anna，她可帮了我大忙，因为这里的ATM机不认我的银行卡。她借了钱给我，我答应一到Xam Neua就还她。再一次感谢了，Anna！
Yesterday, during my first ascend there were a few villages. You often see kids playing with sling shots, doing chores or throwing tires along the hillside and running hard to catch up....I don't think many kids in these areas often see foreigners because once I stop many of them run for their lives and run towards a safe lookout point to see what exactly I am doing...It makes sense because I haven't seen one cyclist since Pak Mong and given the terrain I don't know how many people are selecting this route...haha.
During this tour there has been many hills conquered, but these last couple of days I have really tested the legs...There has been climb after climb, with big elevation changes and the grade of the slope has increased...I always here the locals say to me "Muy, Muy" which probably means are you nuts... I have been averaging 6 km per hour up these hills, but I am still moving forward baby and I will keep that momentum going all the way to Hanoi...
There has been 400 pieces of equipment given out and 850 km cycled through these hills...I made it to the town of Xam Neua after cycling 150 km in the past two days...I am going to refill the trailer here before making my last push to Hanoi which is 330 km away...Going hard out here and finding a way since the big guy has left...Thank you everyone for the comments and support...it really motivates me to keep the wheels spinning...
Here we go now! Jiayou!
Yesterday we had a late start...and given the upcoming hills and kids to meet...we weren't going to cover much ground. We made a stop right away at a primary and secondary school which drew quite the audience...Cyril found himself in the middle of this large crowd and it was his cue to perform on this grand stage....We donated quite a few balls given the size of the school and I believe the kids were expecting him to execute a backflip or break dance routine...but what they got was Cyril's charisma, similar to Ray Lewis pumping up his team before the game...
Once we left the school we made our pursuit towards our next destination Viang Thom. We were told by the teachers of the previous school that it was 60 km away, but it turned out to be 130 km and mostly hills...The riding through the villages has been stunning, but food has been difficult to find during this stretch...Cycling along these hills requires lots of fuel and after 50 km we found a little restaurant that served us rice and soup. We were told the next town is 70 km away...so we decided to stay in the village nearby which had a guesthouse one km away and the people here were incredible....
The owner of the guesthouse did everything in his power to make us feel at home...Food was difficult to find, but his wife which we called "Mama" gave us everything we needed to cook and get ready for the hills for the following day...we went into survival mode...There is no electricity in the village, but some families have generators to muster up a couple hours of power each night...In these parts of northern Laos textile shops are very common and the clothing is beautiful, especially given the amount effort it takes to create by hand...I enjoyed a tradition shower with buckets of water to get myself clean...I was surrounded by chickens, ducks and an old man....which was awkward...but I felt refreshed and enjoyed a fire with Cyril before heading to bed.
Today we woke up at 5:00 am and started cycling right away. At the next town our next shipment of equipment was arriving and there were few villages along the way...We survived the ride with peanuts and hard boiled eggs which were prepared from the night before...I have been having stomach issues for the past five days and have been only able to eat small amounts which has been challenging at times given the terrain...but if it's not bike problems or injuries something is bound to happen that will present obstacles and this is just another one of these moments...
Once we arrived to Viang Thom we headed straight to the bus station unsure if the equipment has arrived and sure enough it was right there. We put our faith with a gentlemen in Pak Mong to get the quipment shipped and we have been lucky to find such good people along the way....
我们一到 Viang Thom就直奔汽车站去确认装备是不是到了，谢天谢地，装备就在那搁着呢。我们在Pak Mong找到一个值得信赖的先生，请他把准备运到这里，我们很幸运，沿途都能碰到这样的好心人。
Today was Cyril's last day on the tour has he heads to Hong Kong to meet his lady. His energy and compassion was felt and enjoyed by many...and during his time through these hills he gave it his heart to push through all the elements to provide kids with laughter and something they can enjoy...Thanks for all your hard work my man...and you will be missed especially now that the trailer load has doubled on my part...haha...Being from Manitoba where hills don't exist...he proved all it takes to succeed is the right attitude and the ability to work together..Your legend out here will be remembered...and it was an absolute pleasure to take on this journey with you....couldn't of asked for a better teammate, but when it comes to football we will always be on opposite sides of the line...haha.
Merry Christmas from somewhere in the hills of northern
Laos!!! We sorted out our visas for Vietnam and today we
were back on the road. We woke up at a truck stop which is
called Pak Mong and right at the beginning kids were hustling
over to get their hands on a gift from Santa Cyril...
In the spirit of Christmas we made
many stops....even had the kids
singing Christmas carols...Our favorite
stop was in a small village in the hills
where they had an after school
program. Many kids playing Takraw
and dancing! Cyril decided to join in
for some line dancing...a little
different form from his club / Ja Rule
dance moves during his university
days at plan b....We played many
games with the kids and we had no
idea where we were heading, but
that's what adventure is all about.
因为是圣诞节了，我们停留的次数比以前多了一些，甚至还有孩子在唱圣诞颂歌，我们感觉最开心的一次是在一个山里的村子，那时孩子们正在进行课余活动，有好多孩子在玩Takraw球和跳舞，这种舞和他大学里跳的Ja Rule 不一样，我们在这里玩了很多游戏，甚至忘记了我们该去哪里了，这就是探险的意义所在啊。
Once we left this school I had a group of kids chasing me up
the hill and given their effort I couldn't resist but to give them
something..We didn't do much cycling today during the
day....and before sunset we were blessed with a 20 km hill
climb which was mostly performed during the dark...
Once we reached the top we started our descend and once
the sun goes down, the temperature drops!!! No heaters up
here and all ages are making fires to keep warm during the
winter months....We descended for 10 km, but we made a
pitstop at a fire that was taking place in one of the hillside
villages to warm up...It's not very often that two foreigners
come through the middle of the night in these parts, but the
company was great and they told us shelter was only 7 km
away and they were right..Before we met this group I
seriously thought we would be sleeping outside because our
maps were showing there wasn't a town for miles...
No turkey dinners out here...and of course we are missing all
of our family and friends...We are now deep in the hills of
northern Laos and have gave out close to 300 pieces of
equipment. We are making our way towards the Vietnamese
border and continuing to attack these hills and pay visits to
these awesome kids...Merry Christmas everyone!!! We wish
you health, happiness, laughter, love and of course
Much love going your way!
A little bit of adversity...
We had a great riding day yesterday. We covered a great distance while handing out close to a 100 pieces of equipment. Now on our journey to Pak Mong we ran to a French gentlemen who was cycling around the world. Very inspiring to hear some of his stories. Anyhow he had mentioned that crossing the border to Vietnam, you need to apply for your visa online. We were under the impression that we could get it at the Laos, Vietnamese border. Once we reached Pak Mong we inquire about the Vietnamese visa and it turns out that if you are travelling by land you have to apply in person. So we hop on a bus from Pak Mong to Luang Prabang. And by bus, I mean a pickup truck with benches in the cab pretty much. It was freezing! So Paul, I and the locals cozied on up for the 3 hour drive back to Prabang. Every turn or pot hole we would hit I would body check Paul into the cage of the truck. First my snoring and now he has to deal with my body checks and drool as I sleep on him. Poor guy. Send my guy Paul some love! He has a little bit of a stomach bug here but he's hanging in there and in good spirits.
昨天骑的很辛苦，走了很长一段路，送出了100多个器具。在我们去Pak Mong的路上遇见一位法国朋友，他在骑车环游世界，听他讲他的故事真带劲，但是他提醒我们到越南那边需要网上办理签证，我们原以为可以在老挝与越南的边境线办理。但是当我们一到Pak Mong就咨询越南签证的问题，结果是如果是走陆路必须去亲自办理。所以我们跳上汽车从Pak Mong到琅勃拉邦去。在车上，我是说那种卡车，货厢里有个板凳坐着，动弹不得。Paul，我还有当地人挤在一起，颠了3个小时。车子每转一次弯或者过一个坑，我们就要挨彼此的挤，以前是我的呼噜声，现在是我的大块头和我睡觉时流出的哈喇子，可怜的家伙，大家安慰一下他吧！他有点闹肚子，但是仍然坚持着，精神头好着呢。
We make it back to Prabang we are told that we won't be able to pick up our visas till the next day. So we enjoyed some good cuisine and got more rest. We love this place anyways for how beautiful it is and the fusion between French and Buddhist culture.
Back at Sino the staff have a flag football series in which we call the Sino Bowl. Paul and I are bitter rivals and have been elected general managers for the 2014 teams. For those counting the series stands at Indome 2 Hayes 1. Hayes claims the game that he wasn't there wasn't sanctioned but I kindly remind him that although he is Mr. Big Time and all, the league games may continue without him, just as they would for any other member on staff. Regardless our team won the rubber match, which Hayes was present for, and we currently hold the Sino Bowl Championship Belt.
Our second order of business during this trip was to draft 2 new staff teams. Paul and I negotiated for 4 days on how the draft format would unfold. The big issue was if the manager with 1st overall pick would have picks 1 and 4 or should we would do it the traditional way of going 1st and 3rd. Tons of pros and cons to each format which we won't get in to at this time. We decided on picking the traditional way of alternating the picks. We also had to negotiate on who gets the coveted 1st overall pick. This negotiation session took only 3 days, with talks stalling on day 2 but we finally decided to do an old fashion coin toss. The winner of this coin toss was yours truly Cyril "Boobie Miles Al Davis Jerry Jones Kevin Cheveldayoff Wade Miller" Indome...
这次旅行中我们的另外一个事情就是再建两支足球队。关于方案Paul和我讨论了4天，每种方案都有成吨的赞成或者反对的理由，现在我们不会来谈这个事了。我们决定还是采用传统的方案。。。我们还讨论了谁来得到令人垂涎的第一顺位。这些事情只讨论了3天，讨论到第2天卡住了，我们最终决定采用古老的方式：投硬币。你们的Cyril "Boobie Miles Al Davis Jerry Jones Kevin Cheveldayoff Wade Miller" Indome赢了。
Below are the listed teams in no particular order.
Outlaws/Raiders/ The U. Team Gorgeous
koombaya sing along
Kayla. Neil Rushton
Ron Berg. Wilson
Ross Mck. Zhang Qi Jun
Peffers Ian Alexander
The Outlaws have always been known as the villain, the heel or the bad guys of the league. But we embrace that role and understand that it is us against the world. Both managers feel very good about their respected teams. We are still negotiating field dimensions and official rules. I will keep you posted on the outcome.
No matter what obstacle we face whether it is the Kassy 40km climb, Vietnamese visas, stomach bug, flat tires or anything that comes our way we rally around each other and attack the problem. We are very motivated to continuing our mission of reaching as many kids as we can here in Laos. We are in very good spirits and as you can see, have found ways to generate some laughter despite a few bumps in the road.
Thank you all for reading and the support.
We wish you all the best during this holiday season.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
Cyril and Paul
Back on the road!
Yesterday we took a day off in Luang Prabang to explore the city and venture off to check out the Kuang si waterfalls outside of Luang Prabang...which was stunning. The city of Luang Prabang is beautiful...surrounded by temples, traditonal Laos and European architecture. The cuisine here is fantastic...A normal dinner for the big guy and myself usually consists of a five course meal so we can haul the equipment with no problems...In Prabang we received a shipment of 280 pieces of equipment, but we need them shipped to various parts of the country so we can refill our trailers along the way...which has presented some challenges due to the language barrier...However, our pit crew in Vientiane and Prabang have done their best to get us the equipment and keep the charity drive running!
We were on the road by 10:00 am and I told Cyril the riding today would be mostly flat which I found out from one of the locals...but of course that wasn't the case....Cyril doesn't believe anything anyone has to say about the upcoming terrain and prepares himself mentally for the worst...Today the nightmares of the Kasi climb were appearing at times, but after conquering those hills from Vang Vieng to Prabang...nothing really can compare. We have been meeting many cyclists and today we met a couple from China and a gentlemen from France who is cycling across the world...We have been sleeping at Guesthouses along the way, but Cyril and I are no longer sharing a room because the snoring that takes place from the big man sounds like a V 8 engine is revving at 10000 rpm...Vanessa thank you for the warning...
School was out today and we gave out tons of equipment from Prabang to Pho Kun. The kids are always a little uncertain why we stop and then they see us take out a Takraw ball or volleyball and it goes viral on twitter that two men are bearing gifts...When I say twitter, I mean village tribal call to summon the masses.....These kids have such great energy and it's unbelievable that we can provide them with something so simple that brings them so much joy...
We cycled 110 km today and we are now at the furthest point north of our tour in Laos. We will be heading east towards the Vietnam border and we are deep in the country side...We handed out 270 pieces of equipment thus far and we are refilling the trailers this afternoon in a town called Muang Noy...We still have many places to go and children to meet...Wish us luck...