Posts Tagged "laos"

Size Matters And Other Things To Love About Vientiane

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Life in Laos, Posts with photos | 4 comments

Size Matters And Other Things To Love About Vientiane

You guys, I am driving in Vientiane. I know this might not sound like a big deal but, trust me, it is. Our driver has been very sick, so I’ve had little choice but to face my fears and tackle the rutted roads. And when I say rutted, I am in no way exaggerating. It’s the middle of the rainy season and you pretty much need a four-wheel-drive to get down the road to our house. This is what happened on our lane (three times) the other day to some unwary trucks… And while we’re showing random photos, this is a woman fishing in the rice paddies right outside our gate. In the last two days...

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Dear Dad, Love Dominic

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Written by Dominic | 0 comments

Dear Dad, Love Dominic

Dear Daddy, How’s your week in Southern Laos going? I sure hope you come back well-rested because Mum says that Friday night we’re all yours. If the last two nights are anything to go by, that means either Alex or I are going to be awake and eager to party with you between 1am and 5am. Can’t wait! Mama and I have been having all sorts of fun in the wee hours. Last night, for example, we had two trips to the kitchen for juice, two trips for medicine, and I made Mama say the word “no” 5489023 times. At 4am, when she thought I was finally asleep again, I wiggled over close to her and...

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Things we don’t tell our grandmothers

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Life in Laos | 8 comments

Things we don’t tell our grandmothers

During one of our Skype conversations last week my mother mentioned that my grandmother had not enjoyed reading my post about our re-entry. Apparently, our re-entry tribulations were still costing my Nana sleep a week later. “If you’re talking to Nana,” my Mum said, “tell her that good things are happening. Lie if you have to.” My Mum laughed after she said this, but I’m not entirely sure that she was joking. Well, at the moment if I were selective in what I relayed to my grandmother I wouldn’t have to lie. Some good things are happening. On Friday, for example, we had the best...

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Our not-so-happy New Years news… Mike has cancer

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Mike's cancer journey | 40 comments

Our not-so-happy New Years news… Mike has cancer

Happy New Years!! So. Two days ago we learned Mike has testicular cancer. Amazing, isn’t it, how your life can change on a dime as the result of two words? Here is what we know. The tumor needs to come out as soon as possible. After surgery the tumor will be analyzed to tell us what stage the cancer’s at and what combination of chemo and radiation will be best. Assuming chemo is needed, the sooner it starts, the better. It seems a better strategy, for several reasons, to have Mike’s surgery and treatment course run out of the same hospital and overseen by the same team. It’s also not...

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A dozen things to be thankful for here in Vientiane

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Life in Laos | 6 comments

A dozen things to be thankful for here in Vientiane

Pre-Script: I wrote this post yesterday and was telling Mike about it last night, when he informed me that Thanksgiving is next week. Oh well. I’m gonna post it anyway, because things have been going really well, but I saw pickups and workers arriving at the unfinished houses next door this morning and now the sweet strains of electric power tools and nail guns are serenading us. If this becomes the new norm, then next week it might have all gone to hell in a hand basket and I’ll want to write about that, so I better get my happy thanksgiving post in while I’m still feeling the vibe....

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Intestinal Fortitude: An essay in Notre Dame Magazine

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Life in Laos | 0 comments

Intestinal Fortitude: An essay in Notre Dame Magazine

I wrote this essay a month after we arrived in Laos, way back in 2010. It was bought that same year by Notre Dame Magazine. They finally printed it in their spring 2013 issue, which came out just a week before I left Luang Prabang. The piece was originally titled The Hungry Months and the editors renamed it Intestinal Fortitude. I’ve included the beginning here for you (to read the whole piece jump on over to Notre Dame Magazine). Below the excerpt I’ve added some photos from that trip to Viengkham. Looking at those shots now is a bit surreal. It hasn’t yet been three years...

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Farewell, Luang Prabang

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Life in Laos | 12 comments

Farewell, Luang Prabang

Ever since I published my post discussing how I hadn’t taken time yet to think about farewelling Luang Prabang, Mike has been bugging encouraging me to write a goodbye post on things I’ll miss about this little fairytale town. He even wrote his own list to show me how it’s done, titled the document “I like LPB”, and put it in our shared Dropbox folder. Mike’s list has 36 items on it. I haven’t read them yet, because I figured that might be cheating. I thought briefly about just posting his list and being done with it, but regretfully decided that was also probably cheating. So...

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Leaving On A Jet Plane

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Life in Laos | 27 comments

Leaving On A Jet Plane

 The same weekend that Love At The Speed Of Email launched, way back in June last year, Mike and I learned that we’d be leaving Luang Prabang in April 2013. Mike’s position is being handed over to a Lao national staff member, which is good. Working yourself out of a job is exactly what you want to do in international development work, and Mike’s great at that sort of capacity building. So this is a good thing, and we always knew we wouldn’t be here long term. And, yet. There’s a difference between knowing you won’t be somewhere long term – that you might be moving in “oh, a...

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What does busy look like?

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Life in Laos | 2 comments

What does busy look like?

You might have noticed that my personal blogging has dropped of rather precipitously during the last couple of months. There are a couple of reasons for that, but one of them is that I’ve been busy. I know, that B word. I don’t like that B word very much. When I find myself using that word when people ask me how I am, I also tend to find myself feeling rushed and hurried, as if I’m galloping through life two steps behind a very long to-do list. I find myself losing sight of the bigger picture, the why behind all of the items on that list. I get confused about which to dos are important...

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Waterfalls, tails, and other baby adventures

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Written by Dominic | 2 comments

Waterfalls, tails, and other baby adventures

We spent the day at a waterfall yesterday. Between you and me I wanted to spend a nice relaxing Sunday sitting in front of the television and eating Thai biscuits filled with squishy strawberry sugar paste, but Mama informed me in no uncertain terms that I’m not going to get everything that I want in life exactly when I want it. If that’s true, I’m devastated. But then again, Mama tells me that dirt and snails are yucky and not to be eaten, so she’s clearly not infallible. She also told me that the mandarin oranges were “all finished” tonight when I know...

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