I have Dengue Fever and I am not happy about it.
I have my sister and her two boys here visiting when 7 days ago I started feeling very average. My body ached but it was mainly my back. I thought it was because of my recent back injury and operation. I had been thinking of buying a new mattress for quite some time and that day despite feeling like rubbish and because my sister helped to push me in the right direction I managed to buy a good one and have it delivered. I was so looking forward to having a good night sleep but then only lasted for one hour as soon after hitting the sack the fever kicked in. High temps, shakes, sweats and sore eyes etc hit me for the rest of the night and the next 48 hours as well.
By the time I got to the Dr’s I was starting to feel a lot better (Wednesday) and the Dr shrugged off my blood test request and said I had influenza. On Thursday I was really starting to come good so the much put off trip to the village was put back on again and we left on Friday morning. By Friday afternoon I was a shaking mess again and to top it all off both my kids had picked up a 24 hour bug and were vomiting as often as the springboks were scoring tries. For non Rugby people, that is unfortunately way to often. In the car, in the bed, you name it. I was useless and thank fully my sister and my inlaws stepped up to the plate to help out. The next day we drove back to Ubon and I went straight to the hospital again
What a great week! My sister and her two young boys aged 3 and 1 arrived on Monday for a 3 week visit. They have come from a cold winter in southern Australia and being fair skinned and blonde haired were worried about the weather.
I told them not to worry as the wet season has arrived and every day is now cooler and wetter then before!
The morning they flew in (Monday) it was almost cyclonic conditions and then when they arrived it stopped raining and the temperature seemed to go up about 10 degrees! Every day since then has been quite hot and very very dry.
This afternoon, the mini drought was broken as the heavens opened with inches of rain and a amazing lightning display. As I type it is still going on with lightning striking less then 300 metres away.
Okay, back to regular programming again and working through my list of blogs that need to be done is “The Chong Mek Border crossing with Laos and how not to cross the border.”
This was originally going to be a quick day trip for Clint and I to do a B-double E-double Are You In to pick up a box of the worlds best beer but it didn’t work out so we ended up doing it on the way to the village.
A few years ago you used to be able to walk over the border to do some shopping and come back no problems with all your booty. Now it seems to be a different story. First of all we were unable to park right up next to immigration like usual but a few hundred metres away.
There is a new tourist police box set up there and they set upon us very quickly as they wanted photos for their own records of them ‘helping’ us. Who knows what poster/brochure that they will end up appearing on.
I explained to them what I wanted to do and they said the we can leave but to come back we would need to make sure that we had legally entered Laos. The only way to do this is to get a Laos Visa on arrival then stamp back out again. At 1,500 baht ($55 AUS) each that was never going to happen. I complained so they took me inside to meet the big boss but she just said the same thing and apologised and said she couldn’t bend the rules.
So that was the end of that. I took a photo of my friends as close as they could get to the border before making the slow walk back to the car past some rather ordinary looking markets.
Thankfully the day was soon to get better as we were off to Siridhorn Dam for a look around and lunch……. blog coming soon.
Thought I would sneak this post in amongst all my road trip reports in case there are any locals out there reading that hadn’t heard about this show coming to town. Two shows are to be held on August 22 at 3.30pm and 7pm at Assumption College. For tickets call 045 313439.
As promised, here is the report on the new water park in Ubon. I was all ready to type one up myself and upload the photos when I discovered my friends had already done a fantastic report on the time that we all went together just a few days ago. No need to re invent the wheel right? No? Of course not so just click here for the report and some great photos.
Well here I am finally catching up on some blogs in an attempt to fulfil my promise to you made a few days ago. My friends left for Bangkok this morning so I will try and catch up on a few blogs before my next visitors arrive in a few days!
I only found out about Wat Saprasansuk a few days before the Martins arrived after seeing a few pics on Facebook taken by Mrs Darwin of we love ubon fame. I immediately thought that it would be a good place to take a family with kids.
Even though our trip was rushed due to leaving late as well as rain I am still glad we went. It is not the best maintained temple I have seen but it is rather unique due to a few different aspects.
The entrance to the temple for one is a little different!
The other aspect that I liked was that they had built a boat out onto a lake that was surrounded by heaps of fish that you were allowed to feed.
There is a small shop selling handicrafts but apart from that we didn’t see anyone else while we were there apart from when we were leaving when a small mini bus with Thai tourists turned up. Not a single monk was to be found. I am assuming that they were all out at a ceremony somewhere.
Here some other photos that Clint took that day.
So, where is this temple? Good question! I really should learn how to include google earth place marks. It is located on the airport boundary at the north eastern end. Take soi 42 from the main road and follow the signs.
Coming up next… The Sunee water park in Ubon.