Happy Pi Mai from Luang Prabang! Pi Mai is the Lao word for New Year, which is another great excuse for a party for the Laotians. There is of course plenty of food, drink and lots of laughter around to bring in the new year. Speaking of great food, one of the local specialties here is the Luang Prabang sausage. Most festivities will include this sort of sausage, which is very much appreciated by both Laotians and tourists alike, whether it is the pork or spicy beef variety. And while on my way for lunch today, I noticed some of the famous sausages in the street, hanging out in the fresh air. Enjoy!