First of all: Happy birthday, mom!
Secondly, during the summer of 2008 I was very fortunate to go on a 2 week trip to Southeast Asia with my parents and dear friend Meg. To say we had a blast is an understatement. It was so amazing to visit Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam all in one trip. Each of the cultures were rich in diversity and tradition. I found it particularly interesting to see how the character of each country varied from the next. For example, I found the Laotian people to generally be very gentle, quiet and welcoming and the Vietnamese to be much more aggressive, loud and busy – they always had somewhere to be, someone to see, something to sell.