No news is good news

Okay, I've definitely been a bit slack lately in keeping the blog up to date. Mostly this is just because getting internet access is a bit tough since I don't have any access at work or at home. Hasn't been a whole lot going on. I got a bicycle from work that I'm riding pretty much every day. It's an old japanese bike that's pretty beat up and only has 1 speed. But, it's pretty sturdy and I don't have to worry about anyone stealing it so that's good. It's a lot better than most of the local bikes (usually chinese) which aren't really made to carry a foreigner's weight.

Other than that, not much to report. It's the end of Budist Lent which includes a big boat racing festival which has made the downtown pretty busy each night. I went to a co-worker's house on Saturday to watch some of the races but it wasn't too exciting. I think this weekend is the more serious races though.

The city is also really working to prepare for the ASEAN summit at the end of November. The latest news from work is that the roads around my ofice will be closed because it's on the route the officials will take to the meetings so we're going to have a holiday from November 22 to November 30. December 2 is Lao National day so that's a holiday too so it means I have 1 week off and then the next week I only have to work Dec 1 and Dec 3. The downside is that we have to have classes for another week in December. I wouldn't get time off during the term break but I wanted to go to Salavan for a week to visit the CUSO office there and I might not be able to now.