Rubber or Lubber?
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
147Trip End May 30, 2013
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He lives well out of the city down a small pot-holed, red, dirt road – to the rubber farm we go! Over 4000 trees tapped in a way similar to Maple. The cut a small slit in the bark where the liquid drips down into little buckets. Workers go throughout the night to cut each one – 2 days cutting and 1 day resting. In the morning, a little acid is added to the liquid to solidify the rubber.
We took a lovely walk all over the land and into the jungle a bit. Let's watch out for the king cobra! I was beginning to think that the whole mosquito thing was a farang exaggeration, but this spontaneous walk without deet proved otherwise. But it's not just the mosquitoes that bits, the plants as well as the ants do! Must be careful to not stop walking, otherwise the will get on you. At one point, I looked down and my foot and sandal were swarming with ants! It was lovely to walk and admire all the foliage. Plants that I've only ever seen in it's miniature form in greenhouses explode! Huge clusters of bamboo and hidden jungle rivers with little waterfalls are everywhere.
Besides rubber trees, they also grow lamboutan trees, which is an extremely cool looking fruit
When we met Pipat, we went for a walk through the market as we wanted to buy some food to help contribute to a meal. So many vegetables that look different – who knew there were so many varieties of eggplant? Crabs, turtles, frogs, eels, jelly fish...the list of edible creatures is endless it seems!
Spent some time cooking together. Everything goes into a giant mortar and pestle which is so big it's almost impossible to lift. Fish, garlic, chilli, lime, palm sugar. You must always remember the 4 tastes: sweet, salt, sour and spice, so every bite is a taste explosion! Not like much of our bland food. We made a soup with a tamarind juice and chilli paste base with an omelet cut up and placed in the soup. We also took many of the vegetables we bought and dipped them in a chilli paste.
Later, we sat outside and watched the lizards and other creatures of the night came out while we talked and talked. Brian is learning all the important things like the names of different lizards and the finer points of what being a lady-boy is all about.
That is one of the best things about couch surfing – that you can talk to a local' and learn about many aspects of a culture that would otherwise be lost