Saturday, 31 December 2016
Friday, 30 December 2016
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Monday, 26 December 2016
Saturday, 24 December 2016
Friday, 23 December 2016
Thursday, 22 December 2016
As at Christmas time, preparation is a team effort and time consuming. This young monk is focussed on hanging up lanterns for the celebrations for the end of Buddhist Lent in Luang Prabang when I was there in October.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Christmas is not really celebrated in Laos, although Santa suits and tinsel and snow covered pine trees are for sale in some shops.
However the Laos love decorating - especially making paper lanterns to mark the end of Buddhist Lent,
So here are some Christmassy paper stars hanging at the entrance to a temple in Luang Prabang.
Monday, 19 December 2016
Sunday, 18 December 2016
Saturday, 17 December 2016
Today students in each advisory had a dress up competition - advisory wars- shocking name, but great fun. After lengthy procrastination and negotiations my group decided on Laos farmers, but we added some Christmas trimming and tinsel.
Friday, 16 December 2016
Yesterday I took the GIN students to Ba Na village. GIN stands for the Global Issues Network group. This semester we have been researching nutrition in Laos, which led to a decision to take action related to oral health.The students planned and a prepared a workshop which they delivered to students at the primary school in Ba Na village about 80 SE of Vientiane.The GIN students were great - I was very proud of them and the primary students were very cute and very happy to see us.
Thursday, 15 December 2016
Those of you considering roast pork for Christmas Dinner might be interested in these piglets. They were on a street corner, not it in a market. I think some villagers had brought them into Luang Prabang for sale. There was plenty of interest with scooter drivers stopping to chat and bargain. When I went passed an hour later they had been sold.
Using my limited Laos, I think they were 80,000 Kip each, i.e. $US.10.00.
I liked the cane baskets - tailor made and easy for carrying them home.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Not quite a foot, but I have had new orthotics made at the foot manufacturer.
COPE is the rehabilitation centre for victims of UXOS so they make new feet and limbs.
Key, in the photo below, trained as an orhthotist at Latrobe University in Melbourne. He now works at COPE making feet and orthotics on the side for falang with feet issues.
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Monday, 12 December 2016
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Friday, 9 December 2016
Wonderful night of theatre under the stars tonight at " Running Wild", the Envision community theatre production. It is based on a Michael Morphogo story about an English boy who is orphaned by the tsunami, rescued by an elephant and ends up in the jungle living with orangutans and threatened by palm oil plantations. It was magical - puppets, an elephant and a tiger, butterflies and birds, girls doing cart wheels and Year 6 girls wearing sun glasses as scary hit men. These photos show some of my Year 10 students acting with their puppets. It was great.
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Not a great photo - but it is Christmassy and despite being a Buddhist country in the tropics, pine trees and tinsel have made it to Laos. The staff at our hotel in Luang Prabang on the weekend spent Saturday morning erecting and decorating this tree. Love the white picket fence keeping the presents in!.
Monday, 5 December 2016
Saturday, 3 December 2016
Friday, 2 December 2016
Today is a holiday for Lao National Day. At school it was celebrated with Laos sweet treats at morning break.
I am on a mission to reduce packaging at the canteen. The kids in the GIN group think I am crazy as I am constantly suggesting banana leaves should be used instead of paper plates and plastic. So I was very happy to see these cute banana leaf dishes today.
The Laos girls, Tora, Naliny, Sariny and Lynda were happy to model for me.