Monday, February 28, 2011
Monday, Feb 28th, Vientiane
We slept in this morning, had breakfast at the hotel, and read newspapers, emails, and Laos history until we were to meet out tour guide and new group. It turns out there are 13 of us, and our tour guide Anita is another young Australian. She and our local guide, Pim, took us on an afternoon of temples, an orthopedic limb center (COPE), and to a local house where a good-wishing ceremony (baci) was held for us. After a quick rest, we all went to a local restaurant to have dinner and get better acquainted.
The group is well-traveled, as usual, and I have once again failed to learn all of the names and hometowns on the first night. Pat is better at these initial conversations, and I have come to learn it's better to let her have the lead on first contacts. I did end up in the spotlight, however, when the birthday cake arrived and all wished me well. The chocolate was especially rich.
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