Each morning outside our guest house, we see the Buddhist tradition of presenting alms to monks of the local wat (temple). At sunrise when the air is still damp and cool, groups of monks emerge from the local wat and quietly, solemnly shuffle down the street with vessels hanging at their hips. As they walk by, practicing Buddhist women sit on the roadside and gently place an offering — usually sticky rice, but often other food as well — into each monk’s vessel. After everyone has received their offering, the monks will pause and chant thanks and blessings to the women. This morning, we also saw the monks give candy to some young girls who were sitting with their alms-giving mothers. Since our guest house is off the beaten path of normal tourist travel in Luang Prabang, the alms-giving is still intimate and lovely without all the tourist hoopla. It is a beautiful, peaceful way to wake up and start our mornings here in Luang Prabang.