Sunday, January 23, 2011
The Boy Monks
The town we spent the most time in Laos was a place called Luang Prabang. It is world heritage listed and it literally has a Wat on every block. From the most elaborate Wat that was the old kings' (pre communist era) to much more humble temples. They all have wonderfully over the top decorations and large and numerous Buddhas.
And of course each Wat has it's own monks. So Luang Prabang is packed with the saffron robed monks. They become part of the background, to be respected but left alone.
We visited the highest Wat on Phu Si, a hill in the middle of town. The kids released some birds (another Lo is coming) and then we headed back down the hill (so many steps...). Geoff stopped at the top and asked these monks if he could take their photo.
Well, they had a ball, I'm so sorry we missed it. They posed (in positions very similar to the poses our kids made when presented with the camera) and then they took over and snapped away. It was so cool to see kids being kids.
I have used this weeks Sketchy Thursday sketch, great for multiple photos.
On a positive note, I finally feel as if I'm back to feeling somewhat normal again. After the general tiredness of travel and then picking up some horrible bug that made it a struggle to get out of bed - bluurghh- and also giving me a cough that made it sound like i was a pack a day smoker! (having a week to swim at mum and Dad's was very helpful as well..)
Ok back with another Dollies post tomorrow, not holiday related you'll be pleased to know, stay tuned. Have a great day xx