And I must say, I love that I can rattle on about what I’m not gonna do … and then change my mind and do it!
I’m dog-tired, so this is gonna be a quickie before I head to my late afternoon massage, but I just had to report in – yep, I went to the elephants via motor bike. The guest house man suggested I put my hands on his shoulders as we took off – I thought the steel bar behind my butt could handle the death grip I had on them better than his poor shoulders! But little did that steel get from my hands compared to the rattan bucket seat I was in atop of Moco – 35-year old pretty girl she was and although quite hungry throughout our 2 hours together, she got me up and back to visit yet another temple in honor of Shiva – okay enough with Shiva already!
There was a couple (naturally), French (of course) who got off their elephant as I did – they asked me if I had ever been on an elephant before – I said, “I don’t think so.” What the hell kind of answer was that? I don’t think so? Like maybe I was, but I don’t remember – how could riding an elephant be something I would forget?! Silly me – at least I’m providing plenty of entertainment material for myself (and maybe even others, too)!
Made another stop to another temple deep in a forest – I was the only one there, which was lovely – took my time strolling through the forest – loved how safe I felt doing so. Had a very surreal sensation that was just momentary, but it felt like I got a sense of the wartime here as I was walking – it was very eery, but I just let it be there and then it was gone.
I sat last night at dinner and added another 25+ topics onto my List of Things to Write About – the impressions keep coming fast and furious and my fingers can’t keep up – I am so delighted to be writing again – to have that feeling of hours going by without even noticing – I had a writing teacher once who said that that’s when you know the creative process is fully engaged, when time stands still – well, I’m there, I’m there and it’s divine!
Just so you all know, I really love reading your comments – it’s like we’re having a conversation here and sharing it with you all is very dear for me!
I’ll probably leave Champasak tomorrow morning for Don Khong, an island south of here – it sounds like an utterly off-the-beaten-track kind of place, so no idea if internet will be available. Stay tuned, I’ll still be writing, I just may not be able to post soon.
Okay, gotta run – after a few hours atop Moco and 3+ on the motor bike, I’ve had just enough of sitting on my butt! Off for my coconut oil massage!
Much love to you all from the Land of Lao!