It’s Monday and back to school day for the students in Holland. When I saw elementary school kids walking and riding bicycle to school this morning it made me think of the first day of school in Vientiane. My parents were busy working and when they don’t come home for lunch I would often buy Sakoo Sai Moo, Khua Mie, or Tum Mak Houng for lunch and share with my younger siblings.

Today I thought about how much more delicious it is for Lao kids to have Sakoo Sai Moo or Steamed Tapioca Dumplings with Pork for lunch or afternoon snack during recess at school than having bread and cheese for lunch like what the Dutch students would be eating everyday.