Minneapolis, I'm back!

 
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Vangheua Village

Vientiane Province, Laos 

Technically, I’ve been back since mid-January. I started work the very next day after I landed back in Minnesota. I moved into a new place, picked up projects, and have been spending time with family and friends- with no time to process my travels. 

As you may have heard, I bought a one-way ticket to London. I then ended up in Amsterdam and Rome. And spent some time in Xiamen, Bangkok, and Vientiane, Laos.

 My father. 

My father. 

And I’ve been back in Minnesota for exactly 3 months. I've kept myself busy- busy from thinking about what I saw, heard, and felt, particularly, in my father's homeland of Laos. 

I visited his family for the first time. Many of them live in a small village north of Vientiane, Laos. I squatted in restrooms, slept on the floor, and I watched two very different worlds collide (my sister and I are both born and raised in America). 

 My baby sister, Nico. 

My baby sister, Nico. 

Traveling certainly humbles you. It shows you how small you are and that your problems are insignificant. But it also brings a sadness knowing that the issues of the world seem so out of reach. You end up doubting the impact you make and questioning if the ripples of it end up in this space. Yes, I know it sounds depressing... 

Here are some images from my travels in Laos that provides a visual story of my experience. 

Overall, I learned an incredible amount of family history and am planning to head back to visit. This trip was much needed for my growth and made me realize and appreciate my parents even more. If anyone would like to hear more about this experience, we can always grab a coffee.

I'm glad to be back in Minnesota but am itching to travel again. Suggestions for where are appreciated!  

 My baby cousin, who is being raised by her grandmother. 

My baby cousin, who is being raised by her grandmother.