Some complicated travel days weigh on us. Will we have enough patience and flexibility to get to our destination? We tell ourselves it’s just a matter of passing time, and we WILL get there. This is the tale of one of those kinds of days….
When we arrived in the tiny village of Nakasang, we tried to understand the driver’s directions for where to go to catch the ferry. We picked up only an occasional English word but, in the end, just followed the crowd. We expected the ferryboat to look more like our idea of a ferry.
There was a moment of confusion as the ferry stopped at an island. Where were we? Don Det, we were told, but we figured out on our own that was just a quick stop and the ferry quickly took off again. Using iPhones to check where we were, all were reassured as we headed for the little dock at Don Khone Island, our destination.
Six hours had passed since we left the hotel in Pakse, and we are very hot, tired and hungry. Still, we needed to get tuktuks to take the 4 of us – and our luggage – about 3 miles across the island to the southern tip where we’d be staying.
The day was bookended with a sunset in Pakse the night before, and, now, a sunset on Don Khone. With a little patience and some flexibility on our parts, we had made it to the 4,000 Islands.