Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Crossing the Border

So every month, I have to leave the country in order to come back in and renew my visa. Convenient huh. Luckily Thailand is a quick bus drive away from Vientiane. So, I decided to make a day of it and head to the nearest city in Thailand-Nongkhai. I didn't really have a plan though. So when the Tuk-Tuk I caught dropped a group of people off at a market, I decided to get off too. There ended up being this cute little set up for people to take pictures at.

And that's when he popped in. Seriously, this is how we met.

And then they were buying me lunch and I was getting in a Tuk-Tuk with them. Let the adventures roll!

First stop, the Thai version of Buddha Park

Yep, I'm so cute.

I've come to realize these shorts are really unflattering. It's quite unfortunate.

These things popping out of the trees were really quite ominous. I kind of felt like I was in Jurassic Park-"Must go faster."

And then why not check out the crocodile show!?

There were like 5 crocs swimming around in there with them.

Yep, he really stuck his head in there.

Before doing stunts like this they would knock around the gator's mouth with the bamboo sticks a bunch and goof off a ton. Maybe to make them feel comfortable with being messed with??? At least we know they weren't hungry!

This stuffed little guy is totally plotting something!!! REVENGE!

They actually paid for most of my activities and things, and it was really awkward when I tried to pay. Apparently this is a part of Chinese culture (they're all from China and are here working), and I totally got the benefit of them hosting me for the day. Score! Lesson of the day: hoping into stranger's pictures is a great way to make friends.