Whoo-hoo. I spent 6 weeks volunteering at a home for children in Thailand directly after finishing my second year at university (biggest time suck) - so i haven't been catching up with my TPF news, however it looks like there are tons of new faces and a few old ones. During my stay I had the neat experience of being able to go up to an Akha village with one of the staff during her breaks - WOW.. it was amazing. Not only did I get to stay in her mother's bamboo house after a couple three hour bus rides and one and half hours going pretty much straight up in a not fully functioning Toyota truck, yee-haw! So.. I will stop blabbering and let you see some pictures. On a side note I am delighted to say I delving into the world of self-developing BWs... so let's see how much I can butcher that up 1.Upon first arriving at Busas mothers house, her nephew Siriwut greeted me quite tentatively at the doorway into their bamboo house. I was fascinated by the craftsmanship of their house and later learnt that two men can build a single house in two days which will last for about 10 years (except for annually replacing the thatched roof). The house was divided into two rooms by a bamboo wall, one side had a 3″x3″ cooking area built into the floor, the other was used as a sleeping area. Every morning you would wake up to the sound of pigs and chickens underneath the house, once the fire was started in the cooking area the house would fill with smoke as the roof has only two small triangular outlets. 2. Okay, shirt is distracting but those eyes can just make you melt 3. Busas mother dressed on Sundays in traditional Akha clothing. The headdress itself is composed of at least 6 portions, primarily made of silver ornaments including colonial rupees, beads and ornate sewing. A traditional Akha costume takes up to a year to make 4. 5. This is Busa's cousin. I was actually surprised to learn this was Busa's relative as he has a very nontraditional 'Akha' face - if that makes any sense at all I am not certain 6. If a guy can be called adorable while still maintaining his dignity this is him. 7. 8. Busa's gradfather (the mother of the lady in the traditional Akha outfit) Thanks for looking and hope to see ya around!