Kate Simes

Joined September 2016
  • Day4

    Tour guides - Jeck, Joe and Mell

    September 28, 2016 in Laos

    Met Jeck, Joe and Mell and gave them 2 books that we had. One was a comic novel that was Martin's. They were so excited to receive them, as books are very expensive! I showed Jeck some more toning and drawing techniques. He showed me some pictures he has been working on since I saw him last. We then walked up 300 steps to the top of Mount Phousi. We watched the sunset, however, there was a lot of tourists. It felt very special to have our own Laos guides! The boys rode their scooters to the night market where we met them for a drink and crepes. We bought the boys a fruit smoothie drink, it was something they had never tried! We showed them Australian money, drivers license and visa. They were so interested in all of it and asked lots of questions. We worked on pronunciation and explained words on the menu's in the food court. We hope to see them again this weekend!Read more

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  • Day4

    Visit Big Brother Mouse, food, massages

    September 28, 2016 in Laos

    Visited Ock Pop Tok and saw beautiful weaving. Purchased a small one as very expensive. Collected a book about the craft also, which is very insightful. Spent the morning session at Big Brother Mouse. It is great, however, very challenging to talk in simple phrases! Learning a lot about Laos and its history. There are three main groups Hmong, Laos and Khmu. Beautiful, friendly people. Ate lunch at Couleur Cafe and up market French influences restaurant! Met the waiter who's name is Dao - he used to walk four hundred kilometres to and from school ever day. Laos have three schools - primary, secondary and high school. Dao is at university to become an English teacher. He is the first in his family to finish school. Spent some time walking along the streets, but it's very hot! Need to find an umbrella and ditch the hats and suncream. Had another foot massage! Indulgent but so good and soooo cheap!Read more

  • Day3

    Tamarind Cooking school

    September 27, 2016 in Laos

    Arrived at cooking school and were greeted with a cold fruit tea! Spent the morning visiting a market and saw lots of fruit and veggies I had never heard of before. We also visited the butcher's where meat just sits on the tables, had to hold my nose! We then went to their cooking school out of town via their mini bus. Amazing cooking experience! Cooked river fish in banana leaf, dipping sauce of both roasted tomato and eggplant, lemon grass stuffed with chicken mince, buffalo larb, sticky rice, rice dessert and fruit. We ate mangosteen, a fruit that is new to me but is very tasty! We met an Aussie Stacey Roddick who had been teaching English in Vientiane.
    After the cooking course we had a message for $12! My feet feel very happy!
    We then walked to Big Brother Mouse and we met plenty of eager boys wanting to improve their English. I immediately recognised two boys who I had seen the day before, who I offered help to as he was drawing. Amazing to see him again! We chatted for a long time and I showed them pictures of Loxton and Port Lincoln. Was great to swap stories. Jeck and Jo are studying to be teachers, their English is very good. I showed Jeck how to dimension a face, he likes drawing manga but I encouraged him to find his own style! We have organised to meet again tomorrow and climb the big hill over looking Luang.
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