The land of a million elephants
We found a country full of friendly and smiling people, enjoying a relaxed pace of life. Evidence of the French years and also the 'secret war' waged by the US were everywhere. Although heavily influenced by neighbors Vietnam, Laos nonetheless had it's own identity and we simple fell in love with the country during our time here...
House Sit #6 - Vientiane
1 guinea fowl
& a pond full of fish made up our Laotian zoo. We were missing 1 though...
The peacock had been shot dead from off the roof by a neighbor the week before our arrival. Apparently he had grown tired of it calling for a mate. Especially sad news as the peacock was useful in chasing snakes away from the property.
Walking the Dogs
It's tough to find places to exercise such large dogs in Vientiane as everywhere is built up, rice paddies or jungle. Thankfully the Mekong river has a large sandbar stretching across towards the Thai bank, which is perfect as long as wet season hasn't drowned the sand back into the river. Being a Westerner, over 6 feet tall and with 4 large beasts certainly helped in meeting many locals...
That said, people are people and in dealing with the Lao day to day, you would never know that there is supposed to have been a difference between us. I get the impression that the country's leaders represent the average person there about as much as your president, prime minister, King or Queen truly represents your view of life.