getting around town

2014-06-10 transportation Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett

When we left Thailand, we sold our car and our motorcycle.  But, we did bring my bike along when we came, and bought one for Ryan the next trip out.  These have been our daily mode of transportation, and they work great here in our town which sits in a wide valley.  The girls and I fit easily on my bike with one child seat on the front and another on the back.  We do attract quite a bit of attention, especially since our girls are the only western children living in town.  I’ve even had a tourist so impressed with our setup that he asked to take our picture.2014-06-10 transportation Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-102014-06-10 transportation Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-11Rarely a day goes by when I don’t ride my bike… to the corner store, to the market, to a restaurant, etc..   Everything is within 5 minutes ride from our home.  When we have time, we like to go on long family bike rides around the outskirts of town.

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hanging out, watching the town go by

We’ve enjoyed observing the creative ways people get around town and thought I’d share some of the pictures with you.  We had fun taking these while we waited for our dinner at a local restaurant.  This is just a taste of what we’ve seen.  A lot of the crazy stuff we haven’t had the chance to capture yet.

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the steam bun girl puffing her way up the hill
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three kids on an electric bike
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updating her facebook status while her friend does all the work
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we’ve seen up to 5 adult men on a motorbike!
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he’s hoping he doesn’t have to make any turns
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carpooling
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sunblock
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riding side by side makes for convenient conversation
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the “tak-tak” – guess what sound it makes
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the cotton candy man quit on the hill
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saddle baskets
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coming back from the rice fields
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biker gang
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ladder rack
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yes, it’s a rooster
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karaoke machine – a local necessity
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going home from a day at the market
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can you count them?

Which one of these options would you suggest for me once I have three kids to haul around?

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3 thoughts on “getting around town”

  1. I loved this post! I remember being in a SE Asian country last year and could not believe what people carried on their bikes. A front door. 8+ tubs of cooking oil, etc. It was crazy. Also how women covered themselves up on bikes to the point they had little flaps over their hands to keep their hands from tanning.

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  2. Hi Melissa! Fantastic photos. Definitely choose the last one. I love seeing you and all your kids running around – so lovely! Nice bicycle.

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