December 23, 2018 - Sunday

Weather: 34 Celsius - Very hot

We all had a good breakfast in the building next to the hotel. But Sam was not feeling well today. He slept in his room to recover and be ready for tomorrow.

Ken, John and I, with the driver Soumphet, left the hotel at 10:30 to go to Na Yè. Ken made some phone calls because it was not easy, on a Sunday, to get some students and teachers. After another very bumpy road, we arrived to Na Yè at 11:30. 

We met teachers, students, talked with them and took pictures of children holding banners with the names of the donors. John appreciated the time we had to admire the landscape, check the school, the washrooms and the water pump. It was a special moment.

We came back to the hotel around 2:30 pm, bought some fruits and cookies for Sam. While John rested with his son, Ken and I went to meet a friend of us Philippe Després. He helped us for the inauguration of school n.2 Ban Non Somboun in 2010. Now he is living in Van Vieng with his Laotian wife. They have a small restaurant, the Lotus, and the Villa Boa Lao for tourists.

Just before 8 pm, John, Sengkeo, Ken and I went for a short walk. We ate traditional simple Laotian food at the Banana restaurant, sharing anecdotes about our childhood.

On our way back to the hotel, at 9:30 pm, John decided to have a haircut at one of the shops opened late. The new John smiling was ready for tomorrow inauguration. We all need a good night sleep.