White-knuckle ride

June 2004. The minibus zigzagged down the mountain road like a bat out of hell, swerving back onto its lane before oncoming vehicles could put it out of its misery. Its age and terrible upkeep clearly showed on its chassis. But the real danger lay in its cracked windshield. A huge gash ran diagonally from …

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Turbulent skies over Laos

June 2004. The ATR-72 aircraft landed on the tarmac to my great relief. The Lao Airlines plane had been delayed for four and a half hours. But if there were no more hitches in Louangphabang, I should make my connecting flight on Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi from Vientiane. I kept my fingers crossed. Away from …

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