Our organization is doing some new work in a remote province in Laos, so we went to check it out. The work hasn’t really started yet. Right now they’re working on building an office and staff house there, but that’s going slowly because the trucks carrying the construction supplies can’t make it on the really bad road which is really really bad during the rainy season. The rainy season lasts 2 more month at least, so it’ll be a while. We did get to visit some of the villages that they will be working in though. It was amazing because I’ve never been to a village of this ethnic group. The Akha people live in remote villages in Northern Laos and have kept a lot of their cultural traditions while living there. There is a lot of work that needs to be done and I’m excited about the potential difference our organization can make. In one village, a wedding was happening, so we were invited to part of it. They had this hot drink I’d never had before and I found out that it was a tea made from the roots of the cardomom plant – delicious! A man in another village served us popcorn cooked in pork fat and salted. Possibly the best popcorn I’ve ever had. If might have tasted extra good because we were tired and hungry from walking.
Wedding – the couple are sitting on the right side:
Some boys playing on stilts – a good toy when it’s muddy: