Luang Prabang, Laos


More highlights from Laos. The city of Luang Prabang is lovely, a nice mix of old and new…the “sometimes” nature of wifi was a reminder that we were in a developing country.

We visited a village along the Mekong, delivering gifts from Road Scholar: tin and wood for the school-house roof.
I found the village signs interesting. As you can see, the Lao aren’t big on spaces between words, which make it an extremely challenging language to learn.

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Their English is way better than MY Laotian. I have barely learned how to say “hello”.

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Our young guide escorted us to the schoolhouse.
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The kiddies were on their lunch break, but they gathered to sing to us.  We reciprocated with a rousing chorus of “row, row, row your boat.”

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How could I not buy something from this sweet boy? I think Low Price Lenny might like a snail with a Buddha painted on his back.
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Notice the bill in the baby’s hand? She helped her mother sell me a scarf so she demanded HER cut!
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One more view of the Mekong, then we were on our way back to Luang Prabang.

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First our guide Man (that’s his name, not a description) serenaded us, then he turned into a bartender, whipping up some killer gin and tonics. What a great way to end the trip!
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Several of the ladies decided we could fit in another trip to the night market and a relaxing drink at the Villa Santi if we got ourselves to The Indestructible Rock (that night’s restaurant) on our own. No photos of that excursion…just great memories.

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Shelley

I am intensely curious, with a spirit of adventure that is tempered by my very strong aversion to anything with potential to cause pain. I love travel, photography, reading, gardening, yoga, music and propelling myself through space (biking, dancing, walking, dancing while walking). I've never considered a lack of proficiency in any of the previous activities to be a hindrance, counting on abundant enthusiasm to make up for my shortcomings.

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