Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
Sightseeing with toddlers doesn’t allow for any contemplative time at all when visiting historical sights. As I crane to eavesdrop on the guides lecturing to a tour-group, my eyes are quickly scanning for some worthy photography while my arms are being dragged by one little person who wants to go home and another who wants to sit down for a snack.
All the while, my mind knows that it’s failed to do enough research on how the Emerald Buddha used to be here in Haw Phra Kaew and why it’s currently at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. I’m not a history buff at all yet there is so much that I want to know. Like why after it’s destruction from the Thai invasion in the late 1800’s was this structure rebuilt modeled on the Bangkok racocco style, which I love. It is a much more rustic look and not gilded and showy like most other Lao temples. It’s beauty doesn’t scream at you to admire. Rather, it begs you to look closer at it’s details and textures.
I’m not sure what I would do as a wanderlust with toddlers if I didn’t also love taking pictures. At least I have the time now after they’ve gone to bed to appreciate places that we’ve visited. I can reflect and edit and zoom in on all the things I wished I could have stopped to admire longer while we were there. I guess it’s my own way of having both worlds.
Lately, I find myself accepting more and more the pace, rigor, and fun that is traveling with our children. It might be less about the places we visit and the photos we take, and more about the fulfillment of discovering new things together as a family. I wouldn’t change a thing right now and I’m really excited for what’s to come!