As silly as it sounds, Patouxay was the center of my life as a little kid in Laos. It was a marker of where to go and where I took a rest before going on to the next destination. I often walked to Patouxay from my old house which is right behind where Nam Theun II building is currently located. Then after having enough rest under the arch, I would either walk to the National Library of Laos, or to visit my mother at Mahosot Hospital, or to my Grandmother’s house.