There are two essential ingredients in any Lao training session:

  1. Singing
  2. A group photograph

Right now underneath my office a training session is taking place and I can hear that the singing has started. Quite a few Australian volunteers have faced pressure from their Lao counterparts to sing at social functions. So far I’ve haven’t been asked, but should the need arise I’ve been trying to memorise the lyrics of Khe Sahn.