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

Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)

In addition to tennis lessons, another outing I organized for the kids during their school break this week was a 1/2 day visit to Buddha Park, better known in Lao … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · 11 Comments

Toddler Tennis Anyone?

At first I thought that two weeks of school break alone with the kids was going to be a nightmare (especially when I ended up not hiring our housekeeper and … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 3 Comments

Vientiane Without a Car

It’s great that the State Department ships our car everywhere we go. Not so great that it takes so dang long. I turned our car over to the shipping company … Continue reading

August 26, 2012 · 4 Comments

Lao Spirit Houses

Just about every home, building, shop and places where people frequent throughout Vientiane has a spirit house adorned with flowers, candles, incense and offerings of drinks and food. I used … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · 10 Comments

Postcard from Manee Spa

I finally made it to a spa, YAY!!!…and several times, too, thanks to a few separate invitations by other spouses as a “get-to-know-you” activity – no one has to ask … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Lao Baci Ceremony

Today we attended our first Baci Ceremony, a tradition of blessings conducted for many occasions like today’s farewell to my husband’s colleague and welcoming the new arrivals to Vientiane – … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · 8 Comments

A Tropical Garden

One of the joys of living in a lush tropical region is having a garden with exotic flowers and plants all year round. We don’t have much green space around … Continue reading

August 17, 2012 · 6 Comments

Mekong Waterfront Dining (not really)

Much to my disappointment there really isn’t “waterfront” dining in Vientiane. I expected (wanted) cool casual strolls along a boardwalk followed by drinks and dinner right along the river’s edge … Continue reading

August 13, 2012 · 2 Comments

A Morning Walk at Pha That Luang

Someone had told me about an organic produce market across the street from Pha That Luang every Saturday and Wednesday mornings from 8am-12pm and I was determined to check it … Continue reading

August 8, 2012 · 6 Comments

Rainy Weekend Scenes

View from Joma Cafe, only a short walk from our house. Patuxai – our very own Arc de Triomphe. Monks’ robes drying on the balcony of their residence at Wat … Continue reading

August 5, 2012 · 8 Comments

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