A total new experience in a total different culture and without any knowledge of Lao language for me. Being the only foreigner as part of a celebration with all together more than 1000 guests. No possibility not to be seen, being the longest person of the party as well with 1.91 cm, bald and different face and clothes. And believe it or not, I did not feel a stranger at all. Totally accepted and lots of fun.
I did not join the traditional and cultural slaughter of two big water buffalos and three pigs the day in advance of the party. It takes for me some time to adapt to this different culture.