These novice monks engaged me in conversation at the top of the arch by asking me where I was from. Then they asked if they could take my picture. I forgot that young monks were not allowed to touch women, so I unsuccessfully tried to huddle us together so Joe could get us all in a picture. Hence all of our awkwardness. To top it off, I instinctively shook their hands as we said our goodbyes. A look of horror came over their faces and they practically ran away from me after the encounter!!!
Post #15. The Rehumanization Tour: Phase 3 - On the Road Again... February 21st 2010 Believe it or not, the 20-hour sleeper bus from Hanoi to Vientiane, Laos was not a wretchedly horrible experience! The bus was clean, warm, and quiet (after they stopped blaring Asian pop Karaoke). We started our journey in Hanoi at 5:30 pm on a Thursday afternoon. In true Vietnamese style, we were shuffled from bus to bus and from one waiting area to another for the next 2.5 hours, so we didnā ... read more
Asia » Laos » West » Vientiane Laos was under the control of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathe... ... read more