December 14, 2018 – Friday

Weather 26 Celsius - Sunny day

In the morning, Phouvong and his lovely wife invited us at their home for a delicious breakfast (soup, Laotian pâté, fish, local vegetables, salad, coffee and tea). Soon after Phouvong drove us to his impressive botanic garden – amusement park – 30 minutes from Vientiane. We visited quickly the beautiful themes’ gardens, discovering the small lakes, cascades, zone for ethnic villages, and much more in construction.

Then Phouvong did an inspiring speech in front of special Lao guests, about forty international representatives involved in a variety of organizations helping Laos in different ways. Suddenly Ken and I were invited to make a short impromptu SKL presentation. We were honored by the warm and positive reception from the guests, some from Canada. 

During the copious lunch, including a small dancing and fashion-jewelry show, we made some new interesting connections. We also succeeded to book by phone a meeting (December 21) with the Chargé d’affaires at the Office of Canada Embassy, Tim Edwards.

In the early afternoon, we were back to Ken’s brother house. We prepared the bags of scholar and sport items for Kangxé, Na Yè and Pakxoun. Ken took care of the printing of banners.

For supper, with Ken’s brother family, we went to Suntara restaurant, in the Vientiane Night Street area. We had plenty of Lao food to savour, with a great view over the Mekong river.