Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Greetings from Vientiane!

After a year and a half of anticipation, we’ve arrived in Vientiane, Laos. Still a bit jet-lagged and disoriented, transitioning to life in a new country with two toddlers has us more focused on their adjustment and well-being and less on the “Let’s get out and see Laos!” mode that I assumed we’d have after arriving in a new country. Ever since we left DC four weeks ago, the kids have been asking for the familiar things they were used to having and doing, and about friends, teachers, restaurants, and other favorite places they’re longing for. It’s been a bit heartbreaking to witness a kind of confusion about “home” – having left our DC home to visit our Denver home before coming to Laos. Wherever we were, they kept asking, “Is this our house?” “Are we in Laos?” “Where’s our house?”, and when they were tired and most vulnerable they pleaded, “I want to go home?!” Which home they meant, I had no idea and it made me sad. Now that we’re in our new home in Laos, they’re asking, “Where’s our Denver home go?” Sigh.

Our neighborhood.

But as the days pass and our body clocks begin to accommodate our new timezone, we start building a new a sense of home, too. We start making new friends, liking new foods, trying new things, understanding a new language. Today we had the convergence of the familiar and new when part of our shipments arrived and old toys got placed in new play rooms and our favorite scooter got tested in our bumpy, muddy, new roads. From the looks of things today, despite a rough start we’re doing alright and feeling like life will be good here…

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6 comments on “Greetings from Vientiane!

  1. Anarya Andir
    July 31, 2012

    I’ve always heard about how beautiful Laos is, and I’ve been to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand to know that it must be true. Good luck to you all while you settle in. I miss Southeast Asia – I’m sure it will be an amazing time for you all. Looking forward to your posts about Laos!

  2. thirdeyemom
    July 30, 2012

    Hi Dee! Hope you are doing well! Looks like a lovely place!

  3. Adventures We Seek
    July 30, 2012

    WE LOVED Vientiene. It is such a beautiful place. You can easily venture out and see so much outside of this city. Enjoy your time there.

  4. Dani
    July 30, 2012

    Soooooooo funny story, Chris was just reading over my shoulder and said that he sat next to your husband in GSO this summer, said he was a really, super nice guy! So funny, what a small world! 🙂 Love the photos, beautiful! Hope the kids get acclimated quickly and that you have a good first few weeks!

  5. travelladywithbaby
    July 30, 2012

    So glad you arrived safely! I am sure that it is overwhelming, but as your stuff arrives and is unpacked, everything will feel like home.

  6. travelerlynne
    July 30, 2012

    You have such a positive spirit. Your children will adjust to their new home because of it, including the bumpy road. Love that last photo. Best of everything.

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