Things I am loving the week of 11/27/16....

Greetings from my hostel in Vientiane, Laos where I am not doing anything, and only listening to the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat. I spent 10 hours on Laos public transit yesterday, so I ask you to reserve judgement. I am currently working up the nerve to make it to a cafe for more coffee. With 20 mins to spare, I clock in with this weeks "things I am loving..."

2 weeks ✓ ... I haven't failed yet!

FAVORITES FOR THE WEEK OF 11/27/16:

<THINGS I AM LOVING SERIES

1. STICKY RICE

Sticky rice is a type of rice that is apparently "popular in Southeast Asia," but I spent 6 weeks in the region before I encountered it.... and I am so grateful I did.

Sticky rice is the solution to all of the normal drawbacks of rice.  Difficult to eat?  Think again! Sticky rice is the main type of rice eaten in Laos, and it can be found on the side of most meals. A side of sticky rice is cheap, and can be ordered with a seconds notice - there is always some sitting around. 

It is great because the rice grains stick to each other, but not to your fingers.  You can grab a chunk, dip it in some sauce and throw it in your mouth or on your spoon.

The rice is served in beautiful rice boxes, which can be seen hanging from the ceiling of every Laos home or restaurant. 

The secret to making sticky rice is the soaking process before steaming. Here is a recipe on how to make it.   I highly suggest - it is perfect for any curry or stir fry! 

2. THIS FUNNY BLOG POST

This is a short SE Asia Backpackers guest post from 2012.  I am sharing because of how accurate and hilarious it is.  4 years later, nothing has changed.  This is really what everyone backpacking is wearing. My favorite is the "SAME SAME" tank top a guy in the first picture is wearing. 

3. HAMILTON

 literally me crying on a bus because of the hamilton soundtrack&nbsp;

literally me crying on a bus because of the hamilton soundtrack 

Hey everyone, I just discovered this really under the radar musical with a great soundtrack... it is called "Hamilton".... have you heard of it?

I know everyone has heard of Hamilton, but you haven't taken the time to hear Hamilton yet, stop whatever you listened to it.  Great stuff... so catchy... so powerful.... I may or may not have been reduced to tears on a local Loas bus from Pakse to Thakhek... let's just say the locals really didn't know how to react to that one.

I bought Spotify for it... I can't afford meals, that says a lot. 

 

4. THIS AFAR MEDIA POST ON LIFE IN IRAN

"15 Photos that Show What It’s Really Like to Live in Iran"

Powerful images and captions.  An excellent look through a window into a different world.  I cannot comment if this post really depicts life in Iran, but I can objectively say these are great pictures that tell a fantastic story.  

I strongly identify as a Muslim ally, and I think most people would be too if they took the time to educate themselves. Here on some posts on how to ally yourselves with the misunderstood Islamic community:

An A-Z Guide to Being a Muslim Ally
What Makes a Muslim Ally?
Want to Understand Islam? Start Here.

5. MAPS.ME

I have known what the app maps.me is for years, but always wait until halfway through every trip to download it.... and then I just sit there like "wow,  what the HECK have I been doing until now??"

Plain and simple: it is google maps that you don't need internet for.  When you are connected to wifi, you download the country map pack and boom: offline directions to every street, restuarant, hotel, and monument are at your disposal.

Don't be me! Download maps.me day 1.  I haven't touched google maps in weeks and I love google maps.  I am a maps.me convert. 

Come back next week to see if I have made another list, or just another failed series! Entertaining either way!

 

 

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