Sunday, 25 September 2005
Finally Some photos of the new house. The top one is the view from the front gate showing most of the house.
The second one is our kitchen/garage. Most houses here come equipped with a wooden plank that fits under the kitchen door (the front door in Lao houses is purely ornamental, the kitchen door is where all the action takes place) and allows you to push your motorbike (with some difficulty) up into the house at night. It seems that there is a problem with overnight motorbike theft all over the city and we've been told by our landlord, agent and my boss to make sure we keep the bike int eh kitchen at night. Looks kind of cool actually.
The next one is the living room, where we watch too much tv (or too much O.C, really). Despite their inherent ugliness the couches are actually quite comfortable, something that is rather a rarity in Laos.
The next one is our spirit house. Most houses in Laos have one of these. As far as I can work out the spirits that would otherwise live in the house and bug us live in the spirit house. I think we're supposed to make offerings to keep the spirits happy, just not sure what and when, or even how. Hope our spirits are content to be independent or we might be in a spot.
The last one is of the gargoyles that we found perched on the balcony at the entrance. Not sure where they disappeared to though...