Trip Start Jul 14, 2001
Trip End Aug 03, 2001

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Friday, August 13, 1999


We visit the floating market with all sorts of exotic fruit and veggies.

People buy and sell, women cooking in these boats, people buying and everybody seems happy.

Others selling their goods on the banks of the river - which is so dirty! My God!  What's this?


There are some locals who hold huge cobras in their hands and expect some money from tourists to have a picture with them.

I tried it.  Well the feeling is that something warm is all around your neck.  I wasn't scared I can admit.

Now that I see the photos I was even smiling then!!


We get in the boat and we sail along to a shop which is on the banks selling all kinds of leather goods.

Everyone's reactions were that everything costs expensive and we are carried here just to buy different souvenirs and depending on the goods bought, a commission is given to the leader!  Everyone knows it.  Almost none bought anything.


The waters of the river are really dirty my God, and from time to time some drops fell on our face or arms. We wipe it at once, and we are scared.


People living in cottages that stand on poles and their house is just above water.  I wander what kind of toilets they have!

Other cottages are in the shape of huge boats, but these again are supported on poles.  One or two have even something like a small garden and have flower pots outside bringing some positive energy towards the owners!


Oh yes!  Here we are!  There is a local taking his bath just outside his house in these DIRTY WATERS!  He is even having  a soap and a shampoo.  We see him trying to get his balance and wash his hair while in the water.  With one hand he is holding the pole which sticks out of the water.  Poor guy!  We laugh as we pass him by, but this is not a joke and I already feel guilty now that I write this.


It is nice as a tourist to go and see these places but it is so hard to have to live under such conditions.

I am thinking of Greece and the luck we have to be born in the Mediterranean! 


Along the river banks there are huge buildings. You can read names of big International companies, Banks, Restaurants or Luxurious hotels.

Here you see two different worlds.  Wealth and poverty - two different worlds trying  to coexist.


A visit to the garden of roses was also interesting, and  we spent about 4 hours their enjoying lunch.


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