Saturday, December 10, 2005

From Mandalay, we went to Thailand and visited an MCC volunteer. Part of her work involves running an evening activity program for Thai kids in a boarding school. Here one of the girls shows a craft that she worked on while we were there.

Erik celebrated his 13th birthday at home in Vientiane in August.

On Arthur's birthday we headed out with all the MCC staff and volunteers to Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Laos and now a world heritage city. It's usually an 8 hour trip. We had some bus trouble along the way which resulted in getting a new bus.

Because of the bus trouble, we had time to go for a walk and enjoy the scenery.

About 3 hours further along in our journey we learned that the road ahead was closed because of avalanches! Needless to say, we didn't get to Luang Prabang but we did spend one night in a guesthouse before returning home to Vientiane.

In November, the Agriculture and Forestry College that MCC works with celebrated 20 years and invited representatives from some of Laos' ethnic groups. Here we are posing beside the women.