Monday, October 15, 2012

A Morning in Luang Prabang

At 2 am you can hear the first cock crowing his “kikerikiki”.
At 4 am the drums in the temples drone and they are telling us that the new day has broken. When you walk along the river two hours later you can see the dust rising in the first sunbeams. There is a grandfather with his 3 week old grandchild in his arms walking the street up and down and an old woman giving offerings to the temple.
Some tourists – looking tired – are in the streets to take the first photos of the day. People sweep the street and in the restaurants the servers prepare everything for breakfast.
Women with baskets hanging on each side of a long bar offer sweet sticky purple rice with coconut.
A group of dogs take a morning walk and the ducks come from the stable to their place on the walk.
More and more bicycles, mopeds, tuk-tuks and cars are driving in the streets and the town becomes busy.
Novices in their orange robes and pupils in their dark trousers or sins with light shirts are on their way to school.
The sun is shining bright now and it becomes warmer.
Time to start a new exciting day in Luang Prabang.
Written by our volunteer Heidi, from Austria who is on the project for 12 weeks.