A really good week actually.

Apart from the fire alarm at 4:30AM on Tuesday morning. This is not a helpful time to have your sleep interrupted when parts of you still think it is time to get up but more rational parts remind you that you still need another 2 hours sleep. The irrational parts one - as they so often do and I was dragging the chain for the rest of the day.

I had dinner with my friend Thomas on Tuesday night. It was back to Mix at the fountain but this time inside in the slightly kitch interior. Maybe this is timeless classic decorating for the locals but it looked like 70s chinese restaurant to me. Service displayed many signs of competence which is always a nice change for things around here. His pork leg was an odd combination of interest and confusion. We could see what they were trying to do and it was tasty enough but I just don't think they have the tools to do it properly, both literal and figurative.

Wednesday was great. I went down to Vientiane English Club armed with the game Dixit. Dixit is a story telling game where everyone has a hand of cards with some truly gorgeous artwork on them. One player will then choose a card, place it face down and tell a story that describes this card. The other players will then choose a card from their hand and add them to the pile. Mix them up then turn them over and the players then vote on which card they think was the story teller's. Points are awarded for having correctly guessing the story card or having others incorrectly choose the card you played.

I thought this would be a great game to develop some English skills and boy was I right. The first couple of rounds saw some quite literal stories being told but as the game progressed things got more and more creative. Everyone seemed to be loving it too. High fives for correct guesses and plenty of laughter. We kept playing without scoring after we had a winner as everyone was having such a good time. Mission accomplished.

And now I'm on site and enjoying the austere life again. There is a certain comfort in the things one does not have to do other than work, sleep and eat. We'll see how I feel about that after spending a whole week like that.

AuthorBruce Hardie