Meet Ultimate Dreamlife Abroad
In 2001, in the midst of a trip around the round, I came through Luang Prabang which was originally supposed to be a 2-day stay. What took place in the days following my arrival changed the course of my destiny and Luang Prabang, Laos became an important part of my life.
From the first moment I arrived, I fell in love with the beauty of this magical place. This was the Asia I was dreaming of since I was a child.
The first day, walking through the streets of the town, a novice monk stopped me on the corner of a street and asked me if I wanted to come and teach an English class. Of course, I did.
I followed him and loved teaching the class. The kids mostly young teenagers were eager to learn. I finally felt I was doing something meaningful. Traveling from place to place had left me not feeling as fulfilled as expected. The routine of setting my backpack down for a few days, walking around the place, trying to connect with the locals to only leave a few days later without any impact or significance was leaving me feeling empty after six months on the road. I needed more. I wanted more. I wanted to experience the world in a deeper, more meaningful way.
The immediate connection I felt to Luang Prabang was resonating. Wanting to unload my bags of all the books I had been carrying in the last few weeks, I went to look for a bookshop, only to realize that there were none. I couldn’t believe it since I arrived this town felt to me like I novel. Only in books, I had seen such magical place. It felt like I stepped back in time.
Suddenly struck by inspiration, I wondered, what if I could live here? What if I opened one of those bookshops where people can unite through their love of books? How does a foreigner manage to settle in a place like this? So many questions. The Universe was listening. Life prevailed. It delivered all the answers I needed at a velocity that is quite uncommon in this country.