It was a wonderful feeling to be back in Vientiane and attending Boun That Luang. I used to live down the street from the grand temple and spent many years walking up to the festival. As a kid I saw the set up of the festival from the first few hours to the taking down of all the stalls and booths.

I felt like I never left the country and felt so much joy and sadness at the same time. Sad for not having my grandmother there to share the moment with along with other relatives that are no longer on this earth.