Sundown in Savan…

October 3rd, 2010 Latitude: S Longitude: E

Savannakhet, Laos second biggest city after its capital Vientiane, has still that backwater feeling to itself that amazed me when I came here two years ago. Much has changed: more and more roads are paved, have proper curbstone and more and more traffic signs are setup – not that too many people do care: right of way is mainly negotiated with a look and a smile. Feels good to be back – and at the same time its also a farewell: The project that kept me coming back here is to be finished, that will be my job for the next few days. The old guesthouse I usually stayed in now becomes the “old” guesthouse. The box where I stored belongings so that I wouldn’t have to fly them in and out will have to move to Vientiane. Just like many of those here who feel that they need to connect to the faster pace of modern life. Savannakhet changes as well. But – and that is something I learned as well – it does so at its own speed.

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