An elegant sufficiency

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Fish Paste Village

Our guide took us to the "Fish Paste Village" - it has a proper name but the local speciality resulted in the nickname and it's stuck. Unlike the floating village, this riverside community is built mostly of wooden homes on stilts, allowing for a cool shady place to be during the day.

The houses front onto a muddy street, with the backs on stilts above the water on one side of the road. The lady is doing the rounds, selling dumplings.

You can see what a high price is set on education- this private school in the village operates some English classes, which bearing in mind the average person earns about $40-$50 a month, are pretty pricey.

Then, ting-a-ling, the ice cream man comes along. Some things are the same the world over!



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