Oranges come to mind

When you live in Southeast Asia, AQI is just a thing

And the air is thick today.

We take for granted, that, yes, it might be a day for a mask, and we might not be able to see across the river, or across the lake.

We manage expectations, live inside our circle of control, let go of influence, and concern. But sometimes those things bleed over.

We make the most of it, generally. But some days, it ventures into oppressive.

Laos is home to the exceptionally striking and charming town of Luang Prabang.

It’s a wonder – amazing architecture, orange clad monks mesmerizing, ornate temples, tree lined streets. Anachronistic, slow-paced, good for mindfulness

and the soul.

But today, there’s a bit extra. The AQI has ventured into unhealthy. We’re out for a bike ride, even the view across the Mekong is obscured by haze, and our eyes water.


look at the sun

It looks like a kumquat!

And as we cruise these beautiful streets, appreciate the history, the energy, and charm, I reconsider


That’s a blood orange

Published by Radutti

Teaching in Ha Noi, screwing things up daily but surviving to write about it. ...everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

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  1. This is full of vivid description! I can’t believe I haven’t found you on here before…a fellow international school teacher. As someone who lived in Shanghai for 5 years, I know a thing or two about AQI. Once, for a few days in a row, it topped 600…it was gross! I hope it eases up soon.

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  2. I understand about pollution. Delhi is reputedly the most polluted city in the world. I spent a bit of time in Shanghai where they had to read the pollution content each day at the school my daughter taught at, to see if students could go out at lunchtime. Love your descriptions.

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