Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Muong Khoa, Laos

Laos. Beautiful, peaceful Laos. 

Before we went to Laos, I had no idea what we would be doing there. I even questioned whether we should keep it on our itinerary, wondering whether other countries should take priority. Brad never exactly answered my questions about Laos, but he remained firm that we needed to go there. He had fallen in love with the country nine years ago and was itching to get back. After spending three weeks there, I totally understand why. 

We began our Laotian journey in Muong Khoa, in the north of the country, having taken an overnight bus from crazy, chaotic Hanoi. I was pretty shocked when the bus dropped us off at such a simple, quiet town. It was a night and day difference from all the cities we visited in Vietnam. And it was wonderful. 

{This was the busiest street in town, during the busiest time of day. It's also interesting to see the prominence of both Laotian and communist flags being displayed from peoples' homes.}

{I fell in love with the green mountains of Laos and the way the fog quietly and constantly rolls through them. It is magical and comforting to be surrounded by such beauty.}



{One of several delicious banana pancakes we enjoyed in Laos.}



{This rickety suspension bridge was a little scary to walk across, especially in the middle, but it does a wonderful job of connecting the two parts of town.}



{This is a meal of larb and sticky rice, the national dish of Laos. We ate a lot of this in Laos and it's delicious. Larb is a delicious mixture of minced meat (usually pork), fresh herbs, and spices. Yum!}

2 comments:

Erica Crismon said...

that banana pancake is calling my name! you look beautiful my friend. and happy! love you!

Erica Crismon said...

that banana pancake is calling my name! you look beautiful my friend. and happy! love you!