So leaving Australia on November 1st was a bit of a risk for me. I didn’t have that much money saved up and I wasn’t sure how I was going to make ends meet long term. All I knew is that I no longer wanted to live the 9-5 office life. In fact, I realised that I no longer wanted to work for anyone else again. I’m done with bosses (nothing personal towards any of my previous bosses who might be reading). I want to do what I want to do, when I want to do it. If I want to sleep in one day then I will sleep in. If I want to finish work early to go meet friends, then I want to be able to do that. Basically the thing which I crave most in life is ‘freedom’. Freedom to be able to do what I want, when I want, within certain boundaries of course.

I like to think that I am a hard worker, I am passionate about what I do and I believe that if you really want to achieve something then you should just go for it. Why wait? You’re only wasting time, and as that well known phrase that all the kids are saying these days puts across – you only live once.

Love Life Tuktuk

That’s what you gotta do…love life!

Things for me are slowly starting to work out and I am now getting some freelance work in. There was a time recently when I thought that it may all go a bit pear shaped and I would end up on a plane home due to lack of money. But better to go out (or back to London in this case!) trying to make your dreams happen than to not have tried at all right?

Vientiane, Laos

I have landed in Vientiane, the Asian Paris and the capital city Laos. In case you don’t know where Laos is, it sits in-between Thailand (which you can see just across the Mekong river from Vientiane), Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and China. Coming from the busy, bustling city of Hanoi, this place is quite frankly a breath of fresh air…probably literally speaking as well if you account for all of the vehicles on the roads in Hanoi! After a few days here, I knew that this is a place where I could settle for a while. It’s a box ticker – good western food (I would go as far to say the best I’ve had in all of Asia), perfect weather, outdoor swimming pool, running track, cheap accommodation, bars overlooking the Mekong River and a general relaxing vibe on the whole, to name but a few of the city’s plus points. Life here moves at a slower pace and all of the locals that I come across are very friendly.

Well I say ‘slower’, but New Year’s Eve here was definitely NOT a ‘slow’ affair!:

New Years Eve in Vientiane

So I’m calling Vientiane home for at least a couple of months. Then maybe I will move onto somewhere new, probably with a beach.

It sounds like the perfect life on paper, but it can also be rather solitary at times. I won’t use the word ‘lonely’ as I would say that I don’t really suffer from loneliness…probably because I love myself too much! Haha. But on a more serious note, the people I meet are usually travellers which means that they won’t be in one place for too long, so just as you are getting to really know one another, off they dash to their next travel destination. For example, every single one of those people in the photo above have all left the city, and that was only 9 days ago! It’s probably not for everyone, so I think that being comfortable with your own company is a must to lead this kind of life…something I’m sure that I will learn (and hopefully grow as well) more about in the coming future.

I will have to do a proper post soon with my guide to the best places to eat, hang out, etc. in Vientiane. But for now I have actual work to be getting on with (believe it or not) so I will leave you with a few pictures instead! Actually come to think of it, scrap work I’m hungry! The benefits of being your own boss. Hehehe…

VientianeThe Patuxai, similar to the Arc De Triomphe in Paris but with a distinctly more Asian style.

Stupa in VientianeA stupa in Vientiane.

A Car From Another Galaxy

Car from outta space spotted on the streets of Vientiane. Surprising how many Lamborghinis, Porsches, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, etc. you see driving around the streets here. I thought Laos was poor!

Super Mario Bouncy Castle in Vientiane

 Super Mario spotted on bouncy castle in Vientiane.

Supaporn Toothpaste

Not sure if I would want to brush my teeth with this.

Looks Comfortable

Wow, this seat looks so comfy!

Comma Coffee Vientiane

The OfficeThis is where I am right now! The coffee here is amazing, the staff are friendly and it is a perfect working space.

Vientiane Stadium Running Track

A running track all to myself?! I must have died and gone to heaven!

Walkman Village Vientiane

Taking it back to the old school in Vientiane!

World Peace Gong

It’s all about that peaceful life in Vientiane….oooohhhhhmmmmm…

Pat on the Mini Sportsbike

Uh-oh! I’m on a motorbike again! Surely this can only lead to trouble. This one, luckily, was chained up and wasn’t going anywhere. Such teeny tiny wheels on it though! I’ll go rent it when I feel like it. Which isn’t right now. No, because right now I am HUNGRY! Speaking of food, this isn’t a bad location to grab some…

Fried Chicken and Chips by Swimming Pool Vientiane

Such a hard life… *sigh*

Patrick out…