This post is for a friend/colleague of mine who asked “we know what you do at Save the Children, what do you do on the weekends?” So for everyone that has been following me on my journey here is a brief overview of what my weekends are like in Vientiane. Hope you enjoy the photos and run down…
A little overview of Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic)aka People Don’t Rush. We have restaurants galore, food stalls, morning market, evening market, one bowling alley, numerous bars, one church, one mosque, and numerous Buddhist temples. Shopping? Not really. First, the Lao women here are petite, so locally made clothing does not fit me. There are no movie theatres. Fortunately, I found a video store that I can get DVD’s for $1.50 to watch on my computer.
When I arrived in Laos, I joined a gym/ pool at a local hotel near my apartment. There will be no photo of me in a bathing suit. I have also travelled with Laos on the weekends to Luang Prabang (45 min. flight, $90ea.way) where I visited the water falls, rode elephants, and hung out with other travelers.
I hope the next picture doesn’t turn you off, but this is a Fish Spa. You place your feet in an aquarium and these small fish swarm around your feet and bite you. In essence, they are eating your dead skin. Great exfoliation ladies! After 15 minutes, the bottoms of my feet were so smooth!
The bites felt like little electrical currents. At first, I giggled and shrieked it felt strange. You get used to it.
Yes, I went a second time to elephant village! This time whenever you screamed HAPPY she would take her trunk and smack the water splashing you. I love the elephants!! Going back with my sister on Nov.2!
So for everyone who knows me really well, I have not shopped for clothing or shoes since I arrived 3 MONTHS!! So last weekend, I decided to take a 2 hr.shared taxi across the border to Udon Thani in Thailand. I went to Central Plaza shopping mall. I saw a movie (they are a few months behind… Saw JOBS movie) and had Mickey D’s! I usually don’t go crazy for that, nor eat that when I am abroad, but after 3 months of eating non-American cuisine I needed it! . It hit the spot!
The mall was really nice inside. It had 5 levels with an indoor skating rink, and a floor dedicated to beauty! From these Botox Rejuvenation Spas, to these boutiques promising you they can make you skinnier, and skin bleaching clinics. Asians think it is unattractive to be dark or tanned. Overall visit was nice, I did not buy anything. No point in buying US brands, and other brands are made for size 0-4 girls. Not a size 6 like me!
I will be going home next week for a visit, can’t wait to see my boys, hubby, dogs and cats! Then a friend and I (LAS) are heading to Bangkok to shop, sight see and have some girly fun! Next post will be about my vacation.