FINAL The echoes of history were never far from us in Lao, not only the fairly recent history in which the USA figured so violently, but also the more distant past in which these people were so often conquered, mistreated, robbed of their land and patrimony. If only we could have believed that the future held more for these gentle people, we could have enjoyed our visit more. However, the tight grip of communism’s control of the government left us with little optimism for favorable development here. The people themselves seem downtrodden enough that they appear to have no intimations of future happiness. Young people in particular are being held down by the lack of education to help them participate in a world economy. Past and future don’t seem all that different for these people, at least it appeared so to us during our short time with them.
Now it's time to move on to Vietnam
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