A continuation of my two months trip in Laos. It was October 20, 2008 and day 15 for me in Laos. Things have not been going well the last couple of days with my system under attack and I can’t recall being this miserable before. I wanted so much to be able to sleep for a few hours but it seemed impossible to get any rest at night with the constant coughing. The day time is not as bad with enough medication to ease the suffering. For breakfast today it was hot tea and dragon fruit and more cold/flu liquid drink to get me through the morning.
Aunt Phone thought it would be good for me to have something spicy to fight off my cold/flu so Pa Phan took me to her garden a few meters away from Tou Ya Nou Khao’s house to pick a green papaya for lunch. We took turn to make tum maak houng or Lao green papaya salad after Aunt Pik to came home during lunch break from her teaching job at Houaylao Elementary School. I made my special batch of tum maak houng with no garlic and no MSG with high hope that it will help to flush my system so I can handle the long drive back to Vientiane later that night.