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That Luang Festival

14 November 2016 Scenes from a very special night here in Vientiane — the final day of Boun That Luang (Festival of the Grand Stupa). That Luang (pronounced TAHT lew-ONG) is perhaps the most iconic...

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North Bank

We spent the last lazy Sunday of our time in Luang Prabang doing something we don’t often get to do in Vientiane: Stroll around at a leisurely place and relax. I camped out at...

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Return to Phu Si Hill

12 November 2016 Lori’s work commitments were finished Friday evening, and our flight back to Vientiane wasn’t until 6pm Sunday, which meant that we had a nice chunk of time to spend roaming around...

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Daddy Days in Luang Prabang

10 November 2016 We were in Luang Prabang this time around for Lori’s work. So naturally, she had to spend some of our visit actually working. Her work team is conducting end of the year site...

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A Gloomy Day, Indeed

Took a while to finish this one, but here it is. 9 November 2016 Lori and I awoke, not to the usual blast of sunshine shooting through the white curtains in our room, but...

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Five Months!

Our little guy just turned five months on Monday! Just when we thought he couldn’t eat any more or get any chunkier, he surprises us. Our latest name for the Mister has been Chunk-a-monk....

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Daily Life, 1-8 November

We’ve been enjoying seeing all of the photos of fall colors from friends and family back in the U.S., and feeling far removed from it. In Vientiane, it continues to be the usual hot and...

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Forget absentee ballots, vote by email overseas!

This November 8th, I will have been out of the U.S. four out of the last five general elections (and a couple mid-terms). Every time I’ve faithfully completed my request for an absentee ballot well in advance...

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Daily Life, 21-31 October

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind for us the past few months. In mid-September, we finalized packing, said goodbye to family and friends and flew to Belgium for four days. We landed...

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Month Four with the Mister

Happy Four Months, Noe! The Mister seems to be growing by the day, learning all sorts of new things and finding new ways to make mommy and daddy smile (and also new and creative ways to push...