Pictures from the Lisu Hilltribe Village and an Update from Laos

March 5, 2013 at 08:15

I am in Don Det now. This is all the way down south in Laos. Took me 37 hours to get here and left me quite tired. A mini bus, a big bus, a truck and another bus down to Don Kong and a boat the next day down to Don Det. Did meet Ita before she left for Cambodia today. Everybody is moving all over the place because the visa is never long enough. I wonder why they do not simply give you 3 months like they do in Malaysia or Singapore? And it is even free over there! Laos wants 30 us$ + 1 us$ from Germans. Every country has a different fee to pay – strange! Will stay a few days down here – it is quite relaxed along the river.

A few pictures from the morning walk in the village. Still people are on the way home from the dancing in the night. Most are sleeping and some start preparing for the next night of celebration. Everything is so simple and peaceful – needed after the firework and dancing the whole night.

Dapilu 2013
I love that green on the old fences in the village

Dapilu 2013

Dapilu 2013
Good morning

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‘Ello Doggy

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The house of one of the Shamans of the village

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View towards the street in and out of the village

Dapilu 2013

Dapilu 2013

Dapilu 2013

Dapilu 2013
Preparing the chicken – while the other chicken watch…

Dapilu 2013

Dapilu 2013
Getting rid of all the left over firework paper

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Morning wash

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The Shaman does some chicken ritual. Smears the blood of the chicken on the tree that was put there for the Lisu New Year

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Burning the hair of the pig

Dapilu 2013

Dapilu 2013
The other shaman does the same ritual. We where walking a bit in the village and they did wait for us to come back. I do not know if they waited for us because we did sleep in the house this night or they only wanted us to see the ritual? After he was finished he did smile at us and waved us good-bye.

Pictures from the Lisu New Year and next Moves

March 1, 2013 at 10:04

To much smoke here now – it is like thick white haze for the last few days. That is not nice so I will leave tomorrow with the bus at 10 to Chiang Mai. Than I try to get a night bus to Ubon Ratchastani. From there with another small one to the border and then to Pakse. From there down to Don Det where Ita has a room for me waiting at the Pai in Lao Bar.

Yesterday i lost one friend from Stuttgart here in Pai. The night before we had beers here on my balcony and the next morning he was gone. Heroin overdose – WTF? Sad to go like that – all alone in your bungalow. We where talking about his future and what to do – now there is no more future for him.

A few days ago i took Sinéad to Dapilu for the Lisu New Year. This place is so far from Pai as it gets. This year they had a few more cars. The place changes slowly as well.

Pai 2013
Sunset over the Mountains

Pai 2013
Dancing round the tree

Pai 2013
This year it was so many Lisu at the village – they had to divide the celebration to 2 different houses. No house has enough space for all of them dancing together

Pai 2013

Pai 2013

Pai 2013

Pai 2013

Pai 2013

Pai 2013

Pai 2013

Pai 2013

Pai 2013

A few Pix from Terry from the New Year at Lapilu

February 2, 2012 at 15:08

Terry took some pix as well – here are a few – see the world through a different lens 🙂

Lapilu

Granmother

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One of the daughters

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Me – enjoy a beer in the sun

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At the old woman’s place

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Having beer with the Shaman