February 6, 2011—Tomorrow morning we leave for a month-long tour of Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. We had planned to leave a week ago; however, Steve came down with some virus just after we returned from Kuala Lumpur, and three days later I was sick. By the time we felt well enough to leave, we were into celebrations of the Chinese New Year when accommodations and transportation were either booked or cost three times as much. Since I wasn’t completely well, we decided to just wait until the seventh when things slow down.
The two weeks that we have been back on the boat have been spent emptying, cleaning, and removing unnecessary items from the interior lockers. I can’t decide if I am glad, or sad, to say that we found very little to get rid of. So far, we must be storing only items that we feel are important. When we return, there are storage compartments under our berth that need to be cleaned out as well.
The weather has been a bit cooler and dryer than when we left in December. The northeast trade winds have filled in, which helps to cool things off. Four or five boats that we know personally have left for Sri Lanka and the Red Sea, and we are keeping in touch with them to see how they are doing.
During our trip, I plan to post regular blogs with pictures provided we can find decent Internet, which we have heard is not always available. We are excited to visit these countries as the history is rich, and the historical sites are numerous. We hope that you will follow us along our land travels during the next month.