Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
A veritable garden city Vientiane is not but it can be made to look like one given a few strategic snaps of recent spring blossoms – if you can see through the haze of 104F/40C hotter-than-hotness and beyond the red clay dust that covers everything.
This unexpected explosion of blossoms is occurring during what I consider to be more of a dry arid season. How can it be that spring can come with all these blooms when it hasn’t truly rained since last October – maybe even September; who can have a good memory in such a long drought. And yet, the trees along the route from our house to the kids’ school line the streets with bright yellows and purples and a myriad of bougainvillea hues…
I caught this guy jumping to collect a bouquet from this tree on the side of the road as I was driving home and I immediately pulled over to a stop, grabbed my camera, and walked over to talk to him about how beautiful they are. These sunny yellow blossoms are called “dok-koon” and are symbolic of the upcoming Lao New Year “Pi Mai”. I didn’t notice it at the time, but his t-shirt actually says “Happy New Year” from Pi Mai 2010 – what a nice coincidence for this shot!
I hope that spring has sprung in your neck of the woods, with a little more rain and a lot less heat!