Same Same but Different

“Same same but different” is a phrase you often hear in Laos to describe how things here compare to other places, like the United States. Basically, it means that even with things here that seem familiar, there is a bit of Lao twist. Stan and Erin have been having fun exploring Laos and seeing lots…

Stan visits Nam Ngum

While Meko the Mekong Gaint Catfish has been exploring the Stanislaus River in California, Stan the Salmon had the chance to visit another part of the Mekong River last week. He traveled with Ms. Panoho’s 3rd grade class from Vientiane Pattana School to Nam Ngum Reservoir. Nam Ngum is one of 11 major tributaries of…

Dried fish in Laos

How would you keep your food from spoiling for a long time if you didn’t have a refrigerator? One trick is to dry it. In Laos, people sometimes catch a lot of fish at one time – more than they can eat before it goes bad. This often happens in the rainy season, between May…

Sabaidee from Laos!

Sabaidee! That means “hello” in Lao! (It’s pronounced sa-bye-DEE). Stan and Erin have arrived in Vientiane and have been getting down to work. For Erin, that’s been a lot of time on the computer, but Stan has been getting to know the FISHBIO staff at the Lao office, as well as Meko the Mekong Giant…

Stan in the Phlippines

Stan and Erin have finally arrived in Laos – but for the last two weeks, they were travelling around the Philippines. The Philippines is a special part of the world called a biodiversity hotspot, where there are an incredible number of different species of animals and plants in one location. This is an area called…