I got a chance to meet with the Ambassador of Laos during a farewell function during pre-departure training. He seemed like a most agreeable person, but I guess it’s an Ambassador’s job is to be agreeable. He mentioned that there is a lot of beautiful scenery to explore in Laos. I hope to have the opportunity to explore some of it over the next year. He said he was originally from the ‘Plain of Jars” region, a place littered with unexploded ordnances (ie. bombs that never went off). The official title for an Ambassador is “Your Excellency”.