Laos: Rambo Feet
Many years ago -- back in 1991, to be exact -- I wound up alone in Vientiane, Laos, waiting for a visa to Cambodia.
From that brief time in Vientiane, one memory stands out. One evening I went for a walk, and struck up a conversation with a young monk. At one point I happened to glance down at his feet. He was wearing a pair of leather sandals with "RAMBO" embossed on the band that stretched over the top of his feet.
To this day, that is the very first thing I think of when someone mentions Laos: A monk in a saffron robe and Rambo sandals.
Someday, I want to return to Laos. Until then, I have only a few dim memories, and a few mediocre photos.