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Month: January, 2017

Lao spicy

On our last night in Laos and our last night on this journey, we take a Lao cooking class, and the class fully exceeds expectations.  The chef is delightfully entertaining, the food is delicious and very cleanly prepared, the other classmates are fun and easy going, and the setting is serene.  The Tamarind cooking class […]

Hmong New Year

The New Year is the only holiday of the year for the Hmong. It is, as you can imagine, a big to-do. It’s a chance to feast with family. It’s a chance to show off their new clothing for the year. And it’s time for young Hmong to meet a partner at the market. (Thankfully […]

A classroom experience

On our first afternoon in Luang Prabang, we meet an ex-San Franciscan who has stationed himself in Laos teaching English.  He runs a non-profit school, inviting any and all who wish to learn in what little free time they have. After only a brief conversation, we are invited to his evening class to be interviewed […]

Lao Elephants

Elephants are majestic creatures.  Confident in each step, calm with each bite, all the while towering over most other animals.  We adore elephants; want them to be treated kindly, fairly, and humanely.  That said, we were faced with the dilemma of wanting to ride an elephant.  We knew that there is clear research that shows […]

Kuang Si Falls, Laos

Pro tip: We visit the waterfalls at 9am, which means less swimming, but more importantly no other visitors. We have the place to ourselves until 10:30am. And what a place it is. The pictures don’t do it justice.

Luang Prabang

Luang Probang is vibrant and calm. The land is lush and the brown Mekong River is dotted with brightly painted boats. Monks walk quietly, yesterday’s bright orange robes drying on the line. The tuk tuks are orange, blue, red, and white. Golden temples are everywhere. There is one main street in Old Town. It’s just […]