Posts Tagged "Luang Prabang"

Memories Of A Million Footsteps: Return To Luang Prabang

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Life in Laos | 4 comments

Memories Of A Million Footsteps: Return To Luang Prabang

Last week we returned to Luang Prabang for the first time since we left, more than a year ago. Those of you who have visited Luang Prabang will know what I mean when I say it’s a special place. Those of you who haven’t, imagine a small town nestled in between two rivers and cradled by jungle-covered mountains. Imagine gold-gilded temples meets old-world French architecture. Imagine orchids and saffron-robed monks and sticky rice steaming in small bamboo baskets. We didn’t own a car during the three years we lived in Luang Prabang, so most evenings after Mike got home from work we would...

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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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Timeless Choices

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Life in Laos, Parenting | 8 comments

Timeless Choices

Christmas was just a couple of weeks ago, right? I remember thinking that I needed to write a post on books I’d loved in 2012, set some creative goals for 2013, and find a great birthday present for Mike to make up for the fact that my Christmas presents consisted of some basil seeds, my old broken kindle, and a child’s toy with a bite taken out it. But now it’s April. I still need to do all of that, and Mike’s birthday was in the beginning of March. I’m taking a deep, soothing breath and telling myself that this is to be expected when you live in a small town whose slogan is...

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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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Lantern Festival in Luang Prabang

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Life in Laos | 4 comments

Lantern Festival in Luang Prabang

On Wednesday night we bundled Baby Fabulous into his PJs and took him out in the stroller for the evening. It was the end of Buddhist lent, an annual full-moon festival here. Teams had been working on big floats for a week or more. These floats are boats crafted out of bamboo and tissue paper, decorated with flowers, and lit by candles. Just after dark, the teams paraded these floats down main street and then ceremoniously launched them onto the Mekong from temple steps. The big floats weren’t the only craft lighting up the river that night. Thousands of people were also launching...

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The happenings

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Life in Laos | 4 comments

The happenings

It’s boat racing day here in Luang Prabang and all is beery, cheery chaos out on the streets. Boat racing day is sort of a fair cum rowing festival. The entire town closes down for the day. Stalls selling everything from ducklings to helium balloons line the street and the length of the Khan river is packed with families out cheering on their favorite teams. We were out walking the streets with Dominic yesterday on market day (a shopping warm-up day for the main event), and today we walked him down through the crowds to show him the boats. He wasn’t that enthralled, actually. The local...

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The day I didn’t buy lemongrass

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Life in Laos | 7 comments

The day I didn’t buy lemongrass

[This post was inspired by my friend, Jenn LeBow's series on mercy. This week, she asked people to write about "What Mercy Isn't." Follow this link to read more posts on this topic.] Five weeks after his spinal surgery to (hopefully) repair the ravages of a herniated disc, Mike is finally starting to feel better. He still can’t lift, sit down for more than 30 minutes at a time, or play with Dominic very easily. He can, however, walk without pain now. He can move a bit more freely. He can drive. To celebrate this progress we went out on the town last weekend for the first time in ages. We...

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