Hey everyone! I have returned to Kunming for the final week of my program, and I'll be preparing for our regional symposium (final project for our core class) for the remainder of the week. At any rate, here's what happened after our time in Thailand!
After crossing the border into Laos, we stayed overnight at a hotel on the Mekong River at Huayxai before taking a 10-hour boat trip down to Luang Prabang the next day. Luang Prabang was a very interesting location, and we got to ride elephants, go kayaking, and tour local temples/museums while we were there. Oh and visit the extensive night market. Did I mention the night market? I accompanied my friends there at least 3 times while they shopped 'til they dropped (I purchased a few souvenirs myself, including a traditional Lao knife.)
After Luang Prabang, we headed to the capital of Laos, Vientiane, where we got to meet with the WWF, and local NGOs (Non-governmental organizations) such as Fishbio, the Cope Center, and the 3 Nagas. These NGOs are primarily concerned with ecological preservation along the Mekong, the unexploded ordinance issue in Laos, and mediating high-level hydropower negotiations between countries, respectively.
All in all, it was a very interesting trip and as soon as I get back to the U.S. (this Sunday!) I'll be sure to upload pictures.
For now, I've got to keep working on this symposium preparation.
Catch y'all later!