April 2 2006
Before we go any further we must just share this sign with you
Can't make it any plainer …
Enough of that. This is what we came for.
and even this
albeit with some reservations
t-shirt for sale
not bad for a five year old
Let us saddle up and head for the hills …
(should that be howdah up'?)
Our trusty steed. Allow us to introduce Diadem.
She's twelve years old and comes from Esher in Surrey.
Her favourite band is the Killers and she just loves those bananas.
… even when some idiot
drops them on her head
… that's better
so onto the ox-carts
Song of the vulgar boatman!
A very nice American punter
and thence to the rafts
Yea even in the river … even in the mighty Mae Ping we cannot
escape the market. The Lisu tribespeople have embraced tourism and change
from their Westernised everyday wear (allegedly) at the first sight of
approaching farang. Even in a river. We bought a traditional holder
for small bottles of mineral water.
On to an …
which also boasted a butterfly farm. Not the best season for butterflies.
Back in town that evening we found the usual Sunday market spilling over into most
main streets and augmented by
a festive atmosphere for the coming New Year (Songkran.
Even live shows. Or semi-live. The couple are dancing and miming to songs
telling the story (we think) that an old woman was relating to her modern-day
grandkids on the set behind them (also mimed to a recording). We think she
was reminiscing about meeting their grandad.
There was great food to be had in the streets and we even had the nerve to end
How to follow that? Cookery school. What else?
Click here to see the pics and smell the cookin' …
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