1. our first lodging is Saynamkhan Riverview Hotel where French windows open up to rooftops, there is rumor of a rat scurrying around the 2nd (our) floor, and a young server named Bin tells me she is pleased we’ve moved here
2. lacking space in the room, Craig wakes up at 5:30 to practice yoga at the local wat where an interested monk watches his closing sequence
3. food on the streets is a theme here: the morning market sells everything from fresh herbs to live frogs; at night, you can eat from long tables of buffets with rowdy tourists for under $2
4. met fellow expats who shared an experienced bit of knowledge: one of the few restaurants here, Rosella Fusion, that cook MSG-free food; it was delish!
5. have moved to a more long-term location called Sayo Guesthouse; Craig and I redefine the word “space”; hanging Thai lights and a batik on the wall is my attempt at making it home
6. an afternoon on the Mekong, we explore beautifully isolated wats on the other side and take in the sunset in a longboat.
7. we decide to take part-time jobs at a new school; 10 hours a week, 4 days= pocket money, work visa, a chance to rent a house, and time to continue other projects
8. rented a scooter for our “commute” to work; took it for a joy ride: amazing how gorgeous the countryside is here; we reminisce of motorcycle rides in Medellin-my arms around Craig’s waist back when we were courting;)
9. get fitted for my first “sinh”, traditional Lao skirt; need to wear this on certain days at school
10. Craig teaches his 1st yoga class; we’re hoping to find a more permanent space for this