OK, I’ve been having some bad luck lately.
Firstly, my house almost burned down.
Thursday was the beginning of Buddhist lent, so there were a lot of people burning candles and incense in their houses. One of the caught on fire, and suddenly there was a huge raging fire that ended up completely burning down 5 hours on my street. At 10 pm on Thursday night my landlord starts pounding on my door – “FIRE!! grab your passport and get out!”.
So, all ofthe people living in my area of the concesion grab our stuff and climb over a wall to safety, where we wait for about 3 hours, while finally some fire trucks arrive and eventually the fire is put out. I will admit that it was quite frightening.
Then, yesterday I found out that some one has stolen my debit card information and bought $4,000 worth of computer equipment online. So, I called my bank, and hopefully I can dispute the charges and everything will be taken care of. But in the meantime, they canceled my debit card and are sending a new one to my mother’s house… and then she will have to Fed Ex it to me here. So, I had planned on paying my fees for my Canadian Work Permit online this week using that debit card… and now I can’t. I have to submit the visa application before August 27th so I am not sure what I will do.
All of the computers in this entire country have viruses on them, and I think they can steal your banking information by recording your key strokes or something. I bought some books on Amazon last week and I bet that’s when the sleazy Nigerian guy I saw at the internet cafe got my information. I hate to promote racial stereotypes… but we all know it’s true.
What else? Of yeah! I went to Thailand!
The library director and his wife took me to Nong Khai, just on the other side of the Mekong, so I could renew my Lao Visa. They wanted to go to the mall – and it was pretty unbelievable that just across the river it’s like you’re suddenly back in civilization… there is a Starbucks there, and Kentucky Fried Chicken, and a 7-11 !!??!! Otherwise, it was basically exactly like Vientiane, except they drive on the other side of the road there.
I bought stuff to bake cookies at the Tesco – which turned out alright. My make-shift oven is not really cutting it, and for pizzas or quiches I wil have to make some changes. But it works for now.
Ok, The director of the library wants me to go have lunch with him now so I have to go. Later today I am going to go register at the US Embassy. I do have more stories to tell, I made some friends! But I will save that for another post.