A pandemic year through my eyes, Laos
Here we are, almost one year after the lockdown started in Laos. I still remember how we had to “evacuate” all of our clients at the end of March 2020 before the country would close down its border. Thankfully, with the help of our super local team, and quickly done! We could have never imagined what was to come!
It was a challenging year—a year of sacrifices and loss. We had to size down the local team, leave our office building and start working from home. However, it was also a year when we all strangely became a bit closer, partners, suppliers, clients. A bit like we were all brought together by this global common enemy. We took the time to update, comfort, and even inspire each other.
The team at Khiri Laos found new ways to occupy themselves after we had to cut down on our working hours. Mr. Phou, from the sales team, allocated a bit more time to his favorite hobby: fishing! Every Tuesday, the whole group meets at the Country Manager’s place for a weekly catch-up. Behind the house lays a big pond where Phou never fails to sink his lines at the end of the day, guarantying a delicious fish dinner to his family for the evening!
Mr. Somphet, also from the sales team, welcomed a lovely baby girl last year! Since he had space in his garden, and a desire to put the best ingredients into his baby’s food, he decided to start his organic garden, which can now provide to his whole family, including his mother and father, and close neighbors.
Ms. Soudavanh, our very own accounting manager, discovered she was also skilled in other matters than numbers. She started joining a group of volunteers who would travel across the provinces to remote schools and give kids free haircuts!
We are all very proud of the team’s accomplishments and commitments to instead look up than give up.
Thankfully these past few weeks, we have been hearing and reading a lot of good news regarding the reopening of borders and the travel industry’s relaunching. We still have a long way to go, but thanks to the development of the vaccine, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and as faint as it is, we will take and focus our efforts on it. We cannot wait for travelers to come back to Laos so that we can show off this amazing country again!