This week Skinnywench’s dictionary fell open at the word ORANGE. Orange is the colour of the robes worn by monks in many Asian countries.
It is considered bad manners to talk directly to a monk, if you are a woman, unless you are addressed by one. The one on the left greeted me as I was looking around a temple in Luang Prabang, Laos. Although his English was a bit limited we managed to conduct a conversation for half an hour or so and, at the end, he agreed to my taking a photo of him and his friend. I don’t think his friend was quite so happy about this as you can see from the expression on his face.
Unfortunately the procession has become something of a tourist attraction with loads of tourists pitching up very early in the morning to photograph them, often going disrespectfully close to the monks in order to get the perfect photo
I’m also sharing this post with Jake’s Sunday Post, whose theme is “attraction” (tourist) and Mandarin Orange Mondayno. 40