I headed out to Living Lands late last year to try out the experience with my GVI volunteers, and we had a wonderful day at the property.
Located in a picturesque, rural setting, we were greeted with big smiles and straw hats, ready to learn all about rice growing in Laos and the 13 stages of this back breaking tradition, so vital to the people of Asia for centuries.
The guide was informative, spoke excellent English and was welcoming. I loved the interactive nature of the experience - giving the soft 'falang' a chance to see how hard the work is, and thus appreciate every grain of their rice all the more. Driving a heavily pregnant Susan (the watre buffalo) in the mud was a highlight, but the threshing, grinding, harvesting and pounding were also very fun.
It's topped off with eating - a delicious selection of local specialties and of course khao niaw (sticky rice). We enjoyed a walk through the organic vegetable gardens and watched sunset over the fields, where real members of the community were really working in the rice paddies. A wonderful afternoon and a very worthy way to ensure the prosperity of the village, and education regarding the rice growing traditions of Laos.
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