Saturday, May 22, 2010

End of Innocence

I'm so happy!  This was before the hellish 20-hour bus ride.  "I get to ride on the back of a motorbike through Hanoi traffic to get to this bus to Laos!"  See my face?  What a joke.  The motorbike driver talked on his cellphone the entire time, while riding dangerously close to cars and other motorbikes.  I regretted my decision to ride sidesaddle almost immediately.  (But, I was wearing a skirt!)  I tried at every red light to calculate the time it would take me to flop a leg to the other side of the bike, but never had more than three seconds, and rode for at least a half hour using every core muscle I had and one-handedly white-knuckling the metal bar under my butt to stay on the bike.  (While trying to get it on video.)  I kept thinking, "I have no health insurance, I have no health insurance, I have no health insurance."

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