Wonderful. Thank you for sharing this , Armand. I lived there for two years, 1968-1970 during the war working for the U.S. information Agency. At night, in my little house in the American compound, I would hear the bombing; the thuds that sometimes seemed to shake the ground. It was our pilots bombing the Ho Chi Minh trail. In Vientiane, we felt somewhat safe because the Pathet Lao also lived there, patrolling the Morning Market and always seen around town. Then it was just a village with one main dirt street and a lot of small one lane dirt roads leading off it into neighborhoods. There were few cars and many bicycles. After returning to the U.S., in the mid 70's I sponsored a Lao family of 16 people: a family of 2 parents with 8 children, plus the grandmother, plus a widowed aunt and her four children. I am still in touch, and visited many of them recently in Florida where they moved to be near other Laotians. They have a Laotian life style in a large Laotian community, there is a Laotian Buddhist temple, they celebrate all holy days and Lao holidays and obey religious requirements for their sons to live with monks at the temple for part of their growing up years to be educated in the ways of Buddhism . Such a wonderful culture. I thank you for the amazing visit I have made to Laos via your photos and posting. This coming year Michael and I are plan to visit Laos. The grim darkness in all of this is the fact of unexploded cluster bombs. What can be done?