Last week I took a large step towards having more in common with my Lao colleagues. While I tried to speak their language, and eat their food, I still felt a gap between us. We have shared many cultural experiences, but our work has been a bit segregated.
Mike Liu, Simon Latham, and I traveled to Salavan Province in southern Laos to visit two villages as part of our work on land legal issues with Village Focus International (VFI). We left by pickup with the three of us in the back seat of the extended cab, while two VFI employees, Viseth and Kasone, drove.