A Missive From Pai
Trip Start Jan 21, 2009
25Trip End Mar 20, 2009
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My quandry of the day is whether to venture out to a new place to eat, since I have a handful of places I really like already. I eat vegetarian, although I did have some "red ant eggs" recently; they are a delicacy and were actually very tasty. For fellow travelers, I must mention that Na's Kitchen has absolutely the freshest and most delicately seasoned, best Thai food I have eaten in Thailand. There are still many things on Na's menu that I want to try. TKK, The Thai Kabob has the best breakfasts, Israeli salads and falaful this side of the Middle East
Yesterday, I took a lazy bamboo river raft trip down the Pai River for 2 hours. It is the dry season so the river is very low and the scenery is uninspiring. I saw industry on the river that redefines the word "industrious." There were metal boats every few meters, each filled with metal buckets. 2 to 4 people were standing in the river at each boat, sifting gravel, and medium and large river stones from heaps of river bottom mud. The laborers fill the buckets with the stones and sell them for 5 Baht (pennies) apiece. The sun was very hot and I marveled at the work ethic of the pickers. I know that if they don't do this work, perhaps their family won't have any rice to eat that day.
And I think deciding "where and what" to eat is my big decision of the day. I have said this before and I will say it again. Traveling this way makes me so very grateful for the bounty in my life. Yes Ellen, you are right. I have to leave sometime. I am working on it, and smiling!