Reclining Buddha, Falling Tourist

This is the picture you see on tourist websites for the golden Buddha in the Tham Phu Kham Cave in Vang Vieng, Laos. What they don’t show you is the black hole behind it, the one that I fell into, in spite of the flash light strapped around my head.

The Tao of Lao

I think of their experience while I am in exile in Laos during the Corona frenzy where my only regret is not packing my yoga mat.