Food in the Countryside

Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
Trip End Jun 22, 2008

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

We continue to travel around the northern part of Laos visiting small villages which are planted by the roadsides.  The roads go up and down the mountains and therefore are very wavy as a roller coaster ride. Many of the pictures included in this entry show the foods at the market. One of the big seller's are dried bat, which they eat right there as a snack.  Bats, rats, small birds, wild cat and others can be purchased in the market for cooking on the barbecue or in a stir-fry. We also stopped when we saw a "hunting party" of young men and their dogs with a deer, which had just be killed. After my picture, they skinned the deer and cut up the meat for each man to take home his share of the kill. They did not like me taking their picture (based on our guide) because it is illegal for them to kill wild game and that they thought we would show the pictures to the police. So away went the camera!
We also stopped to watch the local village make "lao-lao" a rice whiskey which is a popular drink, which is not legal-but no one seems to care. I had a taste not to offend the person and it was a very strong drink with a big kick!
We stopped at many temples to watch the monks pray and receive there daily teaching from the head monk on the writing of the Buddha. I think I got some good pictures where they were not watching me.
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