#76 - wow, it just keeps getting better here!
Luang Prabang Travel Blog› entry 76 of 113 › view all entries
wow - what another amazing day! :) my day started with big brother mouse again. :) i got there at 9am, and i was so happy to see that kor was there again. :) crazy though, there were about 6 other students there as well & i was the only foreigner. so, i did my best to talk to all of them, askign a question around the table, etc but it was definitely challenging. thank god a few other folks arrived to help them practice their english. but actually, after we had more foreigners there to help - even MORE kids came. i swear there were at least 15 kids around the table - it was nuts. i ended up chatting with 3 of them mostly - it was kor, koumpha, & somock. english is such a tough language to learn, i was so impressed with all of them! we spent a lot of time today on the differences in meaning & pronunciation of "through", "true", "though" and "thought".
so, i went to riverside restaurant along the meekong river and had a delicious brunch.
i wandered around for a bit after that, mailed a package, did some things like that...and then remembered that i owed kor the obama button. so, i decided to visit him at his work. he told me he worked at The Big Tree restaurant along the Meekong. so, i got my button & made my way down there. it was so cute - (i know i've said that a lot about him...but he is just so cute, i wish i could just put him in my pocket and take him with me!! :)) he was sitting there folding napkins for the restaurant. he was so polite when i came by & we chatted for a bit.
i decided to visit my new friends at mala travel again. i hung out and chatted with san & vithoun for awhile. vithoun introduced me to a knew fruit - i think it's called a marian plum (that's what it said when we looked it up in a lao/english dictionary), but i've never heard of that before. anyway, they are oval in shape, the color of an apricot, but have the texture more like a plum. the best is that you get them with this chili/sugar mixture that you dip them in. YUM.
oh and i got a foot massgae. of course, right? i mean seriously, they are about $4 or $5 - it would be wrong if i didn't get one! :)
i had heard about this bar called utopia that i wanted to check out.
okay, so i had to leave to go to tamarind for dinner. they have this community dinner thing once a week on friday nights. thank you sara schor for recommending it to me!! it was the COOLEST experience. not only was the food DE-LISH, but the people were so cool & i ended up making some wonderful connections. there were about 12 of us at the table & they served us traditional lao food. these yummy appetizer dippy things that you dip sticky rice (YUM) into. THEN, they brought out these spetacular looking fish. they were wrapped in banana leaves & when you opened them it was covered in this lemongrass & kaffir lime seasoning. WOW. you were supposed to put the fish in a piece of lettuce & add some other veggies & the peanut sauce.
the other highlight of that meal, as i eluded to already, were the people. i was lucky enough to sit next to steve and susan from new york (steve is new yorker through & through, lived in the bronx, etc. & susan was from south africa....they actually met when steve was doing a year of traveling in greece & turkey in between college & law school when he was on some amazing fellowship where he had to do anything except work or go to school ) and brian (from australia & just the most caring, thoughful, interetesd and "switched on" person).
Awesome, awesome, awesome day!