December 2007

The NY Times’s website’s most read article a few days ago was a list of 53 travel destinations to visit in 2008.

What was number 1 on the list? The answer is Laos.

Vietnam and Cambodia are so 2007. Now, Laos is shaping up to be Indochina’s next hot spot.”

Read more about it here.


A beer in Laos costs ten thousand kip. That sounds like a lot of money at first but not so much when you compare it to the price of a beer in Zimbabwe.

One of the most rewarding things I’ve gotten out of my volunteering experience are the friendships I’ve made with my fellow volunteers. They’re a great group of people and I think that says something about the type of people volunteer programs attract.

Overseas volunteers are generally intelligent, open to new experiences, care about making a difference in the world, curious about the world, well travelled and highly motivated. They’re the type of people that make really interesting friends. They’re the type of people that lived rather interesting lives. Living in a developing country has been so much more rewarding because I’ve had a large group of people to share the experience with.

It’s always interesting to hear other people’s stories and experiences on their time here. Something interesting always seems to happen between conversations.

I find it difficult to meet new people but I do really enjoy it. Volunteering is a great way to meet some cool people.

Australia has a new government with the election of the Australian Labor Party and Kevin Rudd and Prime Minister. The former Prime Minister, John Howard, lost his own seat of Bennelong to the celebrity former ABC journalist and presenter Maxine Mckew. Bennelong is my seat so I felt that my vote was especially important this year.

The news has made it to Laos and I’m told most people have heard about the change of government.

Regarding the Australian Government’s  performance over the last 11 and a half years, I agree with what Ross Gittins has to say.