Savan Vegas Hotel & Casino
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... but when you pay for your ticket get on the bus, wait an hour for the bus to leave the station only to go to a shop down the road and then wait another two hours while the bus driver makes a deal with a local shop owner to load the bus with empty rice bags, I'm not talking a few bags here I'm talking thousands of bundles precariously balanced on the roof and stuffed in the bus with little regard for the passengers. and that makes your three hour trip down to ...
... bobbing at their posts. Children, chickens and fat pigs trotting down dusty paths. The river slowly moving, overlooked by ancient forested mountains.
Our guest house, the Pa Kha Guesthouse (River Dolphin Guesthouse), sat right on the river bank, the veranda handing over the water, and hammocks swaying gently in the breeze. One could not help but feel relaxed in this tropical paradise.
We spent the afternoon drinking tropical fruit shakes, reading books, ...
... mountains of sugar to everything from coffee to soups. So the brownies went down very well. I got a lot of sep lai (delicious!) compliments.
I made a short slideshow of the weekend’s direct seeder trials. The guys loved it, and were very impressed that I had found a Lao song to put over the top. Soulepon proudly showed everyone in the office the footage of him driving the machine.
I learnt two new phrases today; Loum lai (it is very windy) and ...
... all my questions. Big smiles on both their faces and mine.
I am beginning to think that my major role here will be training the agricultural staff, on agricultural topics, and in English, which will greatly benefit the hundreds of farmers they deal with, the farming communities, and their ability to read and understand journals and new developments in agriculture.
Today was my first day out of the office and in the field. I had ...
... shop- steam pouring off open cookers, as half a dozen ladies dunked, stirred, and sieved noodles, and then added any meat type you could desire.
Three dogs chased me riding home.
Today was my first real day of work. I have been given an office to myself, I suspect because my male colleagues are shy to have me sitting in their room. In my 3mx4m room I have a table and desk. No unnecessary luxuries, just the essentials. I have a ...