The evening last night at Steve and Mike's home was a wonderfully informal and intimate gathering of friends - thirteen people in all. Chef Mike presided in preparing a fabulously improvised, delicious and colourfully presented meal, which although a bit spicy for some, was consumed and enjoyed by all. It was followed by a sumptuously and sinfully sensational chocolate cake decorated with fresh blueberries.
After dinner everyone retired to the theatre room where they got a preview of the DVD I had created of the presentation at the Capitol Theatre on Thanksgiving weekend. The response to the DVD was overwhelmingly positive, even from Ted Amsden, who is normally difficult to impress.
Of the thirteen people who attended the dinner that night, three of them, Jennifer Hawthorn (extreme left, will be teaching basic English), Ted Amsden (professional photographer and writer, third from left with glasses, will be documenting this trip ) and Jennifer Mercer (far right, dance instructor, will be teaching dance to and learning traditional dance from the hill tribe people), will be venturing to Laos for the very first time. They will be joining Mike (in front wearing black shirt, one of the founders of Adopt a Village in Laos) on the flight there and meeting Steve (second from the left, the other founder of Adopt a Village in Laos) in Luang Prabang.