Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern in Laos

“I always thought of Laos as the place that time forgot,” a woman said to me just after we had been there in 2007, only a few years after the country had introduced a national currency for the first time.

Without a currency, the entire world of consumables was out of everyday grasp; even commonplace things like ballpoint pens and notebooks were not available. Instead, teachers made their own chalk to write lessons onto chalkboards, and the students learned by rote.

chalk drying homemade chalk drying

Even by 2007 there were still many people without access to the currency, and the old methods of making things by hand and drying them to allow them to keep without refrigeration (no currency = no refrigerators) were still part of life in that magical country. Here are some more patterns created by drying in Laos.

papadams drying drying lentil crackers

drying bean 'cakes', Laos

drying bean ‘cakes’

bananas laid out to dry (Laos)

bananas laid out to dry

With very little tourist infrastructure, we found ourselves ‘stuck’ in Luang Prabang for ten days, waiting for a way out.  I couldn’t imagine a better place to be ‘stuck’ for ten days! One of the many things we did there was to take a Laos cooking class at the Three Elephants Café, which is where we learned not only about cooking but the way of life in Laos. Here is the post about this experience.

Leng Lee, our cooking instructor at the Three Elephants Café

Leng Lee, our cooking instructor at the Three Elephants Café

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2 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern in Laos

  1. Wonderful connection of your experience and reality of Laos to the patterns created in the diiferent photos that you used to tell the story! Well done!

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