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The joy of rain

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It suddenly began pouring down with rain. We had to run during our bike ride for this heavy tropical rain shower. Lucky we were passing a local temple where we could shelter.The children weren’t distraught by this turn of events, however. They didn’t complain or mope around the house, bemoaning the rainy season. They ran out into it and started splashing around having a real fun time. This is typical of Lao kids, who like their adult counterparts, love to have fun (สนุก ‘sanuk’).

 

Photo taken in a little village above Vang Vieng - Loas. The first drops of rain were greeted with jubilation. Cool and refreshing. Running down the hill with their bicycle tyres, the rain brings so much joy to young Lao kids ;-)

 

What a joy to watch them running around in the rain, taking impromptu showers under the house’s water overflows, and throwing water at each other as if it were Thai New Year! (In April, during the traditional New Year festivities, Thais chuck water at everyone, bar royals and monks.) It seems how living in the moment helped them to make the most out of their circumstances. It was lovely to watch their enthusiasm.

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Taken on July 28, 2008