Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
It has been an unbelievable experience the last 15 days exploring around the central Lao region, particularly Luang Prabang the inner and outer city limits, staying off the beaten paths in a a few guest houses, eating, and drinking with the locals. I think not only is the landscape beautiful but the people are just as incredible. I’ve been learning a bit of the language, helping some monks and enjoying the week long adventures and history of the Lao New Year. Incredible experiences indeed.
Now it is time to move on. I’ve migrated south to Vientiane where I’ve submitted paperwork to get a Cambodian Visa. i plan to stick around to spend a couple days planning my southern bound Lao adventure and where to cross into Cambodia.
Everyday there is always something to experience, to learn and grow from in traveling. I reflected this past week, maybe too much on my journey not only in my thirty years of life, but the course of the last 24 months. A completely different education than my university degree, this education is just as if not more valuable because it has allowed me to explore the world, see cultures, people in their daily lives from other countries that I once only could read about, most not even thinking ever existed.
Just being able to celibate three new years celebrations in three different countries within a four month time frame sounds crazy, but it has been educational. Cochin, India, China Town Bangkok, Thailand and now Luang Prabang, Laos. The New Year not only brings good health and good fortune but it brings me closer to understanding my brothers and sisters in this world. It brings me to a new consciousnesses of this world or at least Southeast Asia. I continue to develop and learn from our mother earth and all her children sprawling across the world.