Day 8 (last day) - Here We Go Again
By: Rebecca, Alexis
Seventeen people, two flights, one day—you’d expect that things would be the same as when we first embarked on our trip 7 days ago (or 8, depending on how you’d like to count it). But, unsurprisingly, little remained unchanged.
The fact that we woke up early on a Sunday morning stayed the same. Our last day began with our participation in the alms giving ceremony. At no later than 5:30 am, we sat in a long line along the road and handed rice to monks for them to share with others back in their temple. Being a longstanding tradition in Laos Buddhist culture, we were able to gain memorable first-hand experience of the religious culture of Laos.
The fact that we had to bid people goodbye stayed the same. After driving with us for one last ride to the airport, our tour guides said their final parting words before we each went our separate ways. It was a bittersweet moment. It was bitter because we had to part ways with the very people who guided and helped us on our journey. It was sweet because we were going back to our homes and families. Although the final parting concluded our trip in Laos, it marked (as cliche as it sounds) a new beginning for all seventeen of us.
Throughout this trip, friendships were built and our group dynamic greatly improved. We experienced highs and lows, stuck by one another and stepped out of our comfort zones together. Our time in Laos has allowed us to look at life through a different perspective and be more grateful for what we have. As we reflected for the last time as a group in the Bangkok airport, it was clear that our experiences had united us. We were no longer merely a group of people on a CAS trip, but rather a team, ready to share our learnings and takeaways from our stay in Laos.