Travelfish correspondent Ivana Lexa-French
Born in Aarhus Denmark, Ivana got her first passport at 6 months old and often traveled around Europe with her mother's theater company, while also making frequent trips to visit her family in the U.S. She attended an Arts high school in San Francisco and studied Social Anthropology in Scotland along with a hefty dose of ethnic dance. After completing her studies, she found herself with cold hands and itchy feet.
In 2009, Ivana moved to Southeast Asia to work as an English teacher and find new cultural windows in which to peep. She has been living in Vientiane since 2010, where she seasons her days with road trips, tasty food, Lao massage and scoping out the seedlings of Vientiane’s burgeoning arts scene. She currently teaches Geography and Environmental Management at a local international school.
Posts by Ivana Lexa-French:
Vientiane boasts just a handful of monuments; its biggest, That Luang, was built in 1560 to commemorate moving the capital city from Luang Prabang to here. Perhaps the lack of interesting architecture is what led the Royal Lao government to create Patuxai when the US supplied cement and funds to build an airport in 1960 … read the full post
Whereas most Western art is presently an avenue for transgressing social customs, art forms in Laos are practiced in order to maintain them. As travellers may notice, passing the paintings sold on the street, certain themes in Buddhist art are repeated by almost every artist; these are the images of classical Lao paintings that students … read the full post
If you find yourself in Laos and are planning on heading to neighbouring Thailand, what you should do will depend on how long you plan to stay in Thailand. You can get 15 days visa-free in Thailand on arrival by filling out a simple form at your port of entry; no trip to the consular … read the full post
Noodle shops are abundant in Laos and noodle soup is a favourite meal at any time of day. There is, unfortunately, a long spectrum when it comes to quality of soups. Some places serve aromatic and refreshing bowls of deliciousness; others warm MSG-infused water with meat that looks as if a one-armed blind pirate hacked … read the full post
Laos is one of the most laidback destinations in Southeast Asia, if not the world. Many people travel to this land of rivers, mountains and paddy fields to disconnect, wind back the clock and spend their days lazing by the riverside with a drink in hand and smiles on their faces. As recently as a … read the full post