Southeast Asia | Photojournal by Madlén Hjelmroth

Southeast Asia | Photojournal by Madlén Hjelmroth

We have a few friends who travel like we do, and find interests in the things we do. We always like to see the way they capture the human experience of a place, and are fortunate to have friends as Madlén Hjelmroth, a photographer and fellow citizen of the world, residing in Göteborg, Sweden. We tend to not think about the daily lives of people in other places around the world. We either assume their are…

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Lovely Laos

Lovely Laos

The pace of life is different in Laos. Swinging in a hammock on the porch with the mighty Mekong River flowing beneath us, one feels everything slowing it’s pace to the harmony of the meandering river – your heartbeat slows, your mind clears, your blood flows smoothly to the pace set by nature – you find clarity and tranquility, finding yourself day dreaming; waking up to the sound of rain drops tapping on the tin…

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Content in Pakse, Laos

Content in Pakse, Laos

Days like the delightful day of September 5th, 2010, made me realize how this small, understated country was changing the way I looked at the world. I awoke early and went off in search of a tailor to customize the Laos skirt I bought at a market. I scavenged for breakfast (and ended up finding a delicious noodle stand that served excellent iced coffee with sweet milk) and I decided to rent a motorcycle for the…

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Don Khon & the 4,000 Islands

Don Khon & the 4,000 Islands

After a quick month in Cambodia, we found ourselves on a bus crossing the border into Laos. There’s a sense of pride and accomplishment one feels with the presence of a new visa stamp. There is also a sense of annoyance when counties take up more than a fourth of a page in your Passport, granting entrance into their domain. Both Cambodia & Laos adhered a full page visa stickers, which looks nice and neat,…

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Laotion Commons

Laotion Commons

We witnessed many spectacular things in Laos. Here is a list of certain peculiarities I found interesting about the country: Lao Lao is a liquor made locally from sticky rice. It is at least 50% alcohol by volume. It is also the drink of choice for most locals because it is so cheap. By comparison, just one Lao Beer (a tourist favorite) costs more than a day’s wage for Lao people working minimum wage…less than…

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The Banks of Laos

The Banks of Laos

The 4,000 Islands in southern Laos are small islands at the southern border of Laos with Cambodia, and spot the Mekong River. It’s a river beach – you wouldn’t surf in it or go for a dip – but it’s a beach in our book. Your heart slows to a pace of life that is unique here. One of our favorite places in the world.

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