Third day in the countryside

Trip Start Jun 16, 2011
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

(rewritten after having lost it all... So a lot of stuff is missing... I am really... disappointed)

I am now in Muang Sing, close to Luang Namtha so we didn't drive much today. We arrived in this guest house which is - I need to say this - 4 Km to to the Chinese border. We basically spent the afternoon walking in the surrounding villages and chilling with the villagers, finding shelter with them when the rain was too strong, sitting down to watch them work...

Work. I am going to be a bit tough here again but it's the feeling it leaves you with. Men work in the fields, keep the cattle and... that's about it. OK, I've seen quite many men carrying their babies on their backs. Women ? Women. They get up at 4 in the morning to go to the market and sell their stuff, as well as buy groceries. They come back to cook for the whole family, look after the smaller animals (men look after buffalos and cows, women look after pigs, ducks, geese, goats, chickens), look after the kids (who, at that stage pretty much look after themselves), get on their cotton craftwork : from the cotton they get in the fields to the finest embroidery, they do it all. Grannies are still working and working late. I would like to get them some goodies for their work : these things we use to put the thread in the needle easily (http://www.stecker.be/SHOP/contents/media/462enfile%20aiguilles.jpg) and/or some thimbles as well as some magnifying glasses that you can fix on tables... Clearly they won't stop working long hours, so they might as well do them in better conditions. Each woman can make about 6 euros a day. I know that's much more than in many other countries. But still, that's not much.

Back to women's work. Yeah, not over. They are going up in the mountain to get some wood. They help men during harvest. They do most of the food processing. Kids are also quite involved in the process. I simply wonder : when do they sleep ?

Cultures in Lao ? Well, rice, corn, pepper, coffee... But also teak wood (guys, they wait for 25 years for a teak tree to grow big enough to cut it... So you know how long you need to keep your teak wood garden table if you want to be sustainable-development-correct), cotton, tobacco. The country being mostly made of mountains, it's quite a challenge...

To finish with the day : a funny tradition in the Akha (I think) minority : they have tiny cabins within the village, called "young's houses"... They are meant for young and unmarried men and women to have sex, as much as they want, with only one rule : if the woman gets pregnant then they have to get married... Sounds like Versailles :-)
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cotcot on

...sounds as Versailles ... or Portugal .... YEARS AGO !!!!!

Je n'ai pas très bien compris ce que tu as réellement perdu ... ton carnet ? tes photos ????

nadegeb72
nadegeb72 on

Une erreur informatique et tout ce que j'avais écrit a disparu.

TOI ! Je te tiens ! J'essaye de t'appeler depuis ce matin : ton numéro à la maison est inatteignable (échec de l'appel) et ton portable est sur messagerie !!! GRRRR ! BON ANNIVERSAIRE ma cotcot d'amour ! Parabens !!

cotcot on

J'aime beaucoup le coq n° 6 (et en tant que Cotcot, je m'y connais !)

Dans la basse cour, il y a un cochon ... j'ai pensé à toi ce matin en écoutant la critique d'un film intitulé "le cochon de Gaza" .... c'est l'histoire d'un pêcheur de Gaza qui ramène dans ses filets ... un GROS cochon noir : horreur ! comment s'en débarrasser ???? (si on le tue on devient impur), d'un autre côté ... ça vaut des sous .... Mais à qui le vendre ?????????????? de l'autre côté de la frontière, on ne mange pas non plus de porc !!!!!!
J'ai vu la bande annonce, c'est hilarant. Sous le couvert d'un film "comique", on pose des tas de questions, sur la tradition, la pauvreté, les "frères ennemis" (l'acteur qui joue le pêcheur palestinien est l'acteur juif qui était le chef de la fanfare dans ce film égyptien ... do you see what I mean ??????

nadegeb72
nadegeb72 on

Merci ma Cot Cot :-)))

Nom de Diou ! Pas un d'entre vous est foutu de me dire que mes photos de paysage sont juste magnifiques ??!!! Grrrr ! Avec le mal que je me donne à les publier, vous abusez graaaave !

odane on

non mais par contre on trippe sur tes poulets ma poule!! hu hu hu hu!!

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