December 15

The day started with an early breakfast at the cafe next door to the hotel.  Then we loaded into the van for a two-hour plus drive to Na Chantai.  The children were ready and waiting to greet us. We took lots of photos before the formal program started. Friends of SKL received a scarf each by the locals. Many thanks were shared and friendships renewed with people travelling from as far away as England, Canada, USA and Australia.

The baci ceremony was inspiring as always and we come away with many blessings. Lunch was served and many conversations shared before it was time to head back to Savannakhet.

After a quick rest, we decided to head out for dinner before saying goodbye to Setha and Lili.  They will leave for Vientiane on a VIP night bus with sleeping amenities. We found a delightful place on the Mekong river. Unfortunately no spectacular sunset but excellent food and company.

And for some of us it was time to say farewell to Laos and start the long journey back to Winnipeg.  It has been an incredible experience. Life is changing here in Laos but the friendliness and the beauty remain a constant.