Two of my sisters-in-law just returned from a trip to Laos. Since they were flying into LAX, they’re staying over for a couple of days.
I guess the shopping was pretty incredible, because they brought back lots of goodies. Rob got three T-shirts and I got two silk scarves (Check out this website to see the company that sells them: http://www.mulberries.org/whoweare.htm). The photos they took were amazing.
Apparently the only bad thing about the trip was the fact that the Lao people eat just about anything–mice, bats, songbirds, swallows, dogs, turtles–and sell them in the market. I know this is simply a cultural difference and not “wrong” per se but Marion is such an animal lover it was hard for her. She bought a little bird from the market and set it free.
I am hoping I can get some photos e-mailed to me to share. One in particular had everyone laughing. It was of a sign in the marketplace, in English: “Good Food and Good Testes.” I have no idea what they really meant.
Tomorrow everyone is coming here for a spaghetti dinner. The house is still a disaster area; we haven’t really gone to much trouble to arrange furniture or unpack because we are still refinishing floors and whatnot. We’re going to have to do some work tomorrow to get ready!