The rural village near Luang Prabang was nearly deserted. Me and my friend had stopped to explore this small, nondescript hamlet on our way to the Kouang Si waterfalls. It was mid-morning, when men were at work and kids were in school. The only signs of life were hens and chicks clucking and pecking at the dirt.
As we rounded a corner, a little girl – probably about 3 years old – peered curiously at us from down the narrow dirt lane. I smiled and waved, motioning her to come closer. She waved back with a bright, impish grin. Her two little friends - far less brave - cowered behind her as she inched ever closer to me. I snapped several pictures with my digital camera. As they got closer, I switched my camera to display mode. Crouching down to their level, I extended the camera for them to see.
My friend, observing the scene, captured their delighted expressions . . .