August 9th, 2020

XW2DX. Laos. The road back to the future.

Ниже находится текст на русском языке.

All night long I moaned in my sleep. This nightmare has been going on for the second week. This is a kind of payment for my love of radio. Retribution for years of dedication to the amateur radio movement. Although, in fact, everything is corny and simple! On this day, there was a flash in the sun. At that moment I was already on the tree and tried to hook the antenna extension. Everything coincided in a split second. The branch broke from the impact of the sun wave on the ground, and I, went-e-e-kicked down.

Broken ribs slowly grow together, as the ribcage is always in a mobile state. The main thing is that it is difficult to find a place for yourself in a lying position. Body weight still puts pressure on the "fresh" injury. Whichever side you try to roll over, the feeling is that an elephant has stepped on you. You can't take a deep breath. And if you wanted to sneeze, it’s like a lightning strike, passing through the whole body with acute pain.

In the morning, very slowly, like a boa constrictor, like a slug, like an amoeba, I have to flow from the bed to the floor and get to my feet. With the feeling that you have a "knife in your side", limp to the kitchen, where you can make coffee for yourself. From this moment on, life is reset.

And so, every morning.

Last night we watched the film “Temporary Difficulties”. The film inspired and upset me. I thought: - "There are no unsolvable problems." It's just that not every one of us is ready, day after day, for 15 years, to give all of ourselves, part of our soul, - to that idea, that work, in which one must fanatically believe in order to change the situation for the better. To overcome myself and the "Temporary Difficulties" that have lasted for years. This takes ONLY 15 years!

In November, I had a work trip planned to the South of Laos. From Vientiane to Pakse is only 700 km. Previously, I could travel this distance by car in 10 hours. But here I knew neither the area nor the road. Of course, the easiest way was to get on a plane and fly to Pakse. But, I have never looked for easy ways. I always wanted to see everything with my own eyes. My friend Viengxay and I decided to take a bus to Pakse. It was hoped that part of the way I would look out the window and admire nature. Viengxay offered to take recumbent places. Drive all night. Let's get some sleep. When the bus started, the lights were turned off. After 15 minutes we left Vientiane and ... "fell into a black hole" ...

Earlier, in my student years, I had to travel by bus all the time. All the way you look out the window. Half asleep. Half-lit half-stations, villages, cities sweep by. And you always go somewhere and go. Shebekino-Belgorod. Then a little further. Shebekino-Voronezh. Then: Shebekino-Moscow, Shebekino-Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky, Ossora, Tilichiki, Vladivostok. And off we go! Paris, Ljubljana, Milan, Sarajevo, Skoplje, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Budva, Trebinje, Mostar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Pretoria, Cape Town, Novolazarevskaya Antarctic Station ... Mirny Observatory, it was already impossible to stop! And then, a rapidly approaching economic crisis, sucking Europe into the swamp.

Mirny Observatory
Mirny Observatory

Yes, this economic crisis began in Europe 10 years ago. His stale breath has been felt everywhere in recent years. I was again consumed by the thought that I need to bring down from Montenegro where there is work, where there is movement and development. The Montenegrin soap bubble, with its real estate and investment projects, began to deflate very quickly. In Montenegro itself, besides the clean sea and clean ecology, there are no natural resources. And most importantly, there is no desire to strike "finger on finger" in the plans for the next five years to bring the country out of the state of prolonged suspended animation. The "golden rain" passed quickly. Parasitism on the body of decaying Europe, sooner or later, had to end. The prayer for the repose of the soul was already in the air! We started liquidating our companies and disposing of unnecessary assets.

Studying the world economy, I came to understand that it is Asia that is developing at a rapid pace. China, Vietnam, Thailand. I am not even talking about highly developed countries such as Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, which already in the 90s showed the best rates of economic development. To "enter" Asia, huge capital is needed. Since 2016, we have begun to carefully study and study the Asian market. What is there and what is not. My personal opinion was that it was necessary to "enter" from Laos. He is closer in mentality to the Soviet Union. More than 50,000 people were educated in the USSR and speak Russian. Naturally, Laos had to first be seen with your own eyes.

There were many different ideas. I wrote over 30 business plans that have remained on paper. They had nothing to do with real life in Laos. By this time, I was already a representative of a nano-biotechnology company.

All ingenious is simple! A person cannot but eat! Each of us should go to the toilet "in a big way" at least once a day. Believe me, not every one of us wants and will be able to deal with other people's "poop". It was this topic that made me deeply begin to study the issue of sewage and wastewater treatment systems. Study the latest purification technologies using live bacteria. It is this problem that has not yet been resolved in many Asian countries. It was in this direction that our entire corporate program was built. The goal was not only to enter the Asian market, but also to find your place in the sun. As it turned out, in Laos, the problem with cleaning the sewage system, as it was 50 years ago, remained unresolved. Today it is not only the problem of Laos, but also of all the states bordering on Laos. Health loves cleanliness. Nature does not forgive uncleanliness. Sooner or later, all this accumulated dirt will become an environmental bomb that, like Covid 19, will lead Asia to collapse, stagnation and coma. And it can lead to disaster.

I didn't sleep all night. State, as if you are wriggling "already on a hot frying pan." The whole road was shaking so much that only in the morning, when we approached Pakse, and the road became a little better, I fell into catalepsy, and did not feel anything. Bad roads, like fools, are everywhere. Laos is exactly the place where road issues have only started to be addressed in the last 5-10 years. Even inside Vientiane, the entire road surface is patched, corroded by rain, broken by a huge stream of road traffic. In this situation, for some people, hopes for a civilized life are destroyed. If bad roads are a “disease,” then there must be good cars for such roads. That is why today all of Laos drives pick-up trucks that are not afraid of bad roads!

But all these are "TIME DIFFICULTIES"!

In 15 years, the entire transport infrastructure will be under China. All roads will belong to China. All roads will start and end in China.

Лаос. Дорога назад в будущее.

Всю ночь я стонал во сне. Этот кошмар продолжается уже вторую неделю. Это, своего рода, плата за мою любовь к радио. Возмездие за многолетнюю преданность радиолюбительскому движению. Хотя, на самом деле, - всё банально просто! В этот день на солнце произошла вспышка. Я в этот момент уже находился на дереве и пытался зацепить растяжку антенны. Всё совпало в доли секунды. Ветка сломалась от удара о землю солнечной волны, и я, шлё-ё-ё-пнулся вниз.

Сломанные ребра медленно срастаются, так как грудная клетка всё время находится в подвижном состоянии. Главное, что трудно найти себе место в положении лёжа. Вес тела всё равно давит на «свежую» травму. На какую бы сторону не пытался перевернуться, ощущение такое, что на тебя наступил слон. Невозможно глубоко вдохнуть. А если захотелось чихнуть, то это как удар молнии, проходящей через всё тело острой болью.

Утром, очень медленно, как удав, как слизень, как амёба, я должен перетечь с кровати на пол, и встать на ноги. С ощущением, что у тебя «нож в боку», доковылять до кухни, где сварить себе кофе. С этого момента жизнь обнуляется.

И так, каждое утро.

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