Boho Romper in Luang Prabang

I bought this boho romper just for my travels to Luang Prabang. I’ll often do that: buy a special outfit that I think will suit the destination for where I’m traveling. It was by chance that we happened upon a bamboo bridge that matched my boho romper perfectly. This bamboo bridge is only up for part of the year; when the rains become to heavy, they have to take the bridge down. Because this bridge is made by the local family that uses it, they charge a nominal fee to cross. I wasn’t too scared to cross the bridge–I figured if we fell, I’d be able to swim in the river. The structure of this bridge is rather amazing–check out how it’s supported by the diagonal bamboo poles inserted into the river. Our days were spent on bicycles in this cute little town–with a stop at the local Joma for an iced coffee. (And baked good of course! Scroll all the way down to see this day’s treat….)

This day’s treat along with the iced coffees was carrot cake.

Do you buy a special item to match where your traveling to?

Cooking School in Luang Prabang

For my birthday, celebrated in Luang Prabang, Laos, we all went to cooking school. It was such fun, and of course very, very delicious. Any good cooking school starts with the local market–in which we had an extensive visit. It was so fascinating, super colorful, and full of smells, both good and bad! The actual school was set in the jungle outside. Laos cooking involves two major components: a mortar for the mixing and a fire for charring. Laos food is surprisingly smokey in flavor and this would explain why. We each made our own food, so we could each decide how much spice we’d add; I usually added three red chili peppers. The food was so good as was the company. It was a really neat way to spend my birthday. And speaking of cooking school, all this week, I’m away on a school trip with 20 students in Chang Rai, Thailand for some Masterchef classes. I love cooking, so I think I scored with this school trip. I’ll try document some of what I learn. In the meantime, enjoy these colorful pictures of the market and some family fun from our trip to Luang Prabang. And if you travel there, make sure to take the Tamarind Cooking Class.

*Warning: there are A LOT of pictures in this post!

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