Lan Xang, Land of a Million Elephants. Laos.
Sean, my brother, born in Savannakhet, joined the journey here.
The simple but distinct smell of jasmine rice cooking takes me back to my first home in an instant, as does the smell of plumeria–the “frangie-pangie” of my childhood.
Vientiane still has the laid-back feel of my childhood, but it took this trip back for me to remember the gentle, quiet ways of Lao people.
So many memories, enhanced by making new ones with new and old (old!!!) friends.