Every day before dawn in Luang Prabang there is a traditional ceremony called Takbat. This is when the monks walk the streets and receive goods from the people. We had the option to experience this cultural event but we had to get up at 5.30. Surprisingly only Alice, Nottle and Po got up as everyone else was still fast asleep. Everybody else had to meet in the hotel lobby at 7:45 as we were meeting our in-country agent, ‘Song’. All the boys failed to meet at this deadline as they thought it was 8:00 (Ed. It was 8.00am I would put my wages on it :-/), Luckily for them Song was 30 minutes late. After our meeting with Song we all went out for breakfast at Lao Lao Garden, the same restaurant we had gone to for dinner the night before, although the last people to receive their food had been waiting about 2 hours for it. This put us on the back foot in relation to our timings for the day.
After breakfast some people went shopping around Luangprabang to get books and pencils for the kids in Ba Na village where we would be starting our project. Other people including Cassidy, Jayden, Alison, Glen, Ellis and Ffion walked around the town to find a new pair of hiking boots as Ffion had misplaced hers (Ed. I think we mean lost!), after a while we found a place and bought some boots which were better and cheaper than before. When we got back to the hotel everyone was taking their packs down stairs to the lobby to be loaded onto the tuk-tuks. We had to get three tuk-tuks to the Mekong River to catch a boat across to the other side where we caught two bigger tuk-tuks to the village where we are to undertake our project.
Back at the home stays all the girls set up their mats and mosquito nets while the boys in their home stays played cards, later all the girls had showers with a flannel and played cards as well as eating oreos (YUM!) (Ed. they can only last so long hahahaha). At 9:00 it was lights out, the girls stayed up a bit later as we couldn’t get to sleep but the boys fell asleep straight away.
We’re all looking forward to our day tomorrow interacting with the locals of this remote village.
Jayden, Cassidy and a little bit from Alice as she had to go do construction.