Tonight I attended a ceremony and dinner to commemorate an honorary Lao Consul on the Woosong University campus. During dinner, when it was learned that I am the author of four books, I was asked when I was going to write a book about Laos, which got me thinking. I really should at some point. I’ve already written a short story, “Lemongrass” which is featured in Damaged Goods.

This photo was taken in July 2007 when Aon and I went to Pakxe and Wat Phu. This photo was part of the inspiration for “Lemongrass.”

When you stop in town, whether in one of these songthaew-like (a pickup truck converted into a bus) modes of transportation, or a bus, vendors immediately surround the bus selling their food and beverages. It happens from one village to the next.