Saturday, 30 January 2016
My friend, Lorna Green, from Beechworth, has been in Vientiane this month staying with her daughter Jo (Principal at VIS). I took her out for a tour and then brunch on the Scoopy. Two grey haired ladies on a scooter made an unusual spectacle for the locals. Hope I can follow Lorna's lead and still get on a scooter when I am in my 80s.
Friday, 29 January 2016
Last Thursday was VIS Secondary Sports Day. Due to internet problems (GRRRR) I couldn't post any photos.
It was a great day, with a focus on participation and competition. Students in house groups which was great as younger students mixed with the older students, but were still able to run, jump or throw against their peers to be the best in their grade.
Mr Mark supervised the javelin from the comfort of his cane arm chair - he had a great system!
Question of the day - What is it with plastic javelins???
Thursday, 28 January 2016
The internet in the apartment has been erratic, which is VERY annoying, hence no posts for a few days.
It has been cold this week, with a freezing wind blowing down from China. Yesterday a colleague said it was the coldest day she has experienced in the 8 years she has lived here. It was about 10C plus the wind - so cold.
The locals are rugging up. Lots of socks and thongs, but also fur trimmed jackets.
This lady and her daughter in their stylish black and white furs caught my attention as I crossed the road, but zoomed off as I reached for the camera - hence the blurry back view.
Friday, 22 January 2016
Thursday, 21 January 2016
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Talat Sao market (the morning market) is like Beechworth's Mike's Bazaar on steroids.
Over three floors and a rabbit warren of lanes and alleys you can buy an array or electronics, clothes, trinkets, souvenirs and other mass produced items that you may or may not need - eg shampoo.
I went for an explore today - no purchases, but lots of photos. The Indian man at this stall proudly told me the items were "fake" Indian gold.
Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Monday, 18 January 2016
Friday, 1 January 2016
The blog and photos of Laos will be on a break for the next 10 days while I am home in Australia.
Happy New Year everyone.
There will be more photos and stories from Laos in 2016.
Thanks for following along in 2015