Thursday 1st September
Adjusting from the end of a rather mild Melbourne winter to a steamy hot Lao end-of-wet season climate. I think I’ve been craving it for weeks (years?) now, and hey, you get used to sweating and washing a few times a day. Loving it!
Breakfast buffet of cold eggs and French bread, sour mandarins and banana on offer. I should get used to the more filling rice and vege type Asian breakfasts – smelt good but my psyche says No! And weak coffee with powdered milk.
Opened bank account…
Lunch with my colleagues and Steve (my sister’s friend from Perth here on business). Bank, set up phone, kip for spending Aaah, cool breeze, reasonable temperature ~27 degrees. Everything is making sense. Loving it.
Our guided tour with Seuth [Lao Horizons Travel] – an excellent English speaker who worked as a teacher before. And spent 7 years aged 13-20 as a monk learning ‘morality’. He thinks it is very good that schools are now building moral teachings into their curriculum. A very informative afternoon.
Beer Lao 640ml (5% alc/vol) 10,000 kip
Honghua cigarettes (20) 3,000 kip
A grand total of 13,000 kip (about $2AUD) and I’m one happy chappy!