Street Party

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Never thought I would be doing homework on this trip but helping Poope with her English assignment (just glad it was not maths or something) seemed a mutually favorable deal with me helping her polish up her enlightening and thought provoking paper on the effects of deforestation on the global environment while she helped me with my Thai to say tree.

We all re-piled into the wagon (everyone here drives huge 4WD pickup trucks with the rest of their big families piled in the back) to re-scoot up the road to Maha Sarakham where we met JoJo, the eldest son, for lunch.

Before leaving Maha Sarakham we stopped at a Buddhist shrine with many people their walking round it 3 times with incense sticks and bunches of flowers all conveniently available near by. Joining the family they told me to follow them which was fine up to the point where typically my incense sticks started to burn out of control (thought these things were only supposed to smolder?) dripping hot wax and melted plastic onto my bare feet and legs as I began to almost run rather than walk with black smoke billowing over my shoulders.

After almost burning down a sacred relic they gave me another chance to wreck their time honored traditions by going to a monk's inauguration party in the evening. For all the serene and peaceful imagery usually associated with monks they sure do know how to throw a good street party. The main street in town was partly closed off with a stage erected at one end for plenty of singing and scantily clad dancers which seemed a bit cruel giving the strict no-woman policy for monks, not that I was complaining of course.
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