I had to make a trip to Bangkok last weekend, taking the overnight train in both directions. The trip down was nice because I met a new friend, and she and I talked about everything throughout the evening. She frequently goes to Laos so I hope to meet up with her sometime in Vientiane. On the way back, I woke up at 5 am, just as the sun was rising and caught many pictures of rice fields.
A few weeks ago, I brought a friend to visit some of the UXO patients whom we have helped and made a side trip to the Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. It's a very strange place, with a large collection of concrete sculptures illustrating various Buddhist and Hindu tales. The second picture looks across the Mekong River to Nong Khai. The creator of the Buddha park, left Laos in 1975 when the government changed, and continued his meditation practice and teachings in a similiar park just outside NongKhai city. The picture just above is of marigolds growing in the hands of a Buddha image in meditation.