While wandering along a path that followed the Mekong River on the bank opposite Luang Prabang in Laos, we came upon a small Buddhist Monestary. Being mid-afternoon, the only sounds were the birds and insects. The Monks were resting. Their day begins early, around 4am, as they meditate in preparation for their alms walk. While quietly meandering around the various buildings in the monastery we came upon their outdoor kitchen at the back of the their living quarters. Just the basics. A small propane stove, woven rice bowls for their sticky rice, a few cooking pots and some bananas.
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