Here I am, opening the month of April, in the same Laos hotel that I checked into two-weeks ago. In a vast and overall way, I am part of a greater Stray Tour group, which passes through this Capital City of Vientiane, twice a week. I had planned to only be here overnight and then move on with the group through Southern Laos into Cambodia; then South and North Vietnam. Thank goodness, this is a hop-on, hop-off itinerary, which I can take a whole year to fulfill.
I had not expected to discover a Cause to unravel and devote my loving energies to. Not at this advanced age of eight decades! Were there even any new mysteries to discover? Was there an uncovered fact left that ALL OF US ON THE PLANET didn’t already know? Well, yes….. as it turns out! Before arriving here, I was introduced to the plight of the adorable Black Sun Bears and Moon Bears, which the Chinese exploit for the shameful practice of extracting their bile to make aphrodesiac aids. Well, I donated to their Cause and bought a few tee shirts campaigning to FREE THE BEARS.
I fed loving banana bunches to elephants rescued from exploitive trades, such as logging and people carrying.
Plus, I passed up the once-in-a-lifetime elephant photo op my hostel made available:
But, the event that I hadn’t forseen, snuck up on me when our tour arrived in Vientiane, Laos, and if you have followed this blog at all, you have read all about it in the previous four blog posts. So, I’ll be here until my visa runs out on April 27, in order to learn all I can about the Secret War of Laos. This week, I’ll spend a few interesting days at the heavily-bombed archeological treasure, The Plain of Jars, a little north of here, and I hope to take lots of pictures for my next blog posting about this beautiful little country I’m discovering. The Laotians are such beautiful people, too.