By the time we get to On’s village it is around noon. I am so tired all I want to do is take a shower and crash for a few hours. When I wake up a few hours later, On has prepared me a late lunch—Tom Khaw Gai (spicy chicken soup in a coconut/lemongrass base) Moo Phad Grathiam (fried pork with pepper and garlic) and Moo Phad Pak (fried pork with vegetables). Aroy mak mak (very delicious).

On wants to show me around her village and introduce me to the rest of her family and some of her friends, so after another quick shower we are off down a quiet two-lane blacktop road to the village.

If you were headed south on this highway you would have Cambodia in front of you, Thailand on the right and Vietnam on the left. Tomorrow morning we will be traveling down this same road to Pakxe and then onto Wat Phou.

Lofty, fluffy whitish-gray clouds skirt across the horizon as far as the eye can see. It almost feels as though I could be back home in the Midwest. You just don’t see these kinds of clouds every day in Korea. It is still quite hot, but in the distance the appearance of darker cloud formations moving in from the north portend an evening shower or thunderstorm.

I have only been in Laos for half a day and I have already fallen in love with the country. Yeah, I probably could live here if I had the chance (and the way On and I have been talking about what we would like to do in the future, it is definitely something worth considering).