Besides school, I've been getting into all sorts of hijinks like getting my bike stolen, making friends with animals, and going to "work parties" where all the expat staff get harassed into drinking absurd quantities of beer lao. To be clear: work parties in Lao are insane. Last night we all went to this glittery huge restaurant where we watched a drag show, got harassed by our awkwardly drunk van drivers to drink more beer lao, and finally all ended up throwing-down on the dance floor. As in, our entire staff. It was at this point when I was gyrating with my headteacher that I had the distinct thought that if we were in America, our entire staff would be fired if we acted like this at work functions. It's pretty great.
Yeah, my bike was stolen, but I already bought a new one. And it's red! Actually, getting my bike stolen definitely opened my eyes a bit more to security and now I'm taking many more precautions here. Vientiane is a really safe capital but there are definitely some things I have learned to avoid that will make me even safer. I'd say the greatest threat here are the dogs. I've never seen so many dogs wandering around! Especially at night, they get very territorial, so you have to take care to not walk down small roads at night. I think we basically have Kujo living a few houses down from us, so we try to avoid walking past his house.
Upside: there are awesome dogs too!