A short list of things I’ve learnt this week

22 May
  1. On Fridays, Thai village children take their machetes to school to help with grounds maintenance.
  2. How to celebrate Buddha’s birthday in Thailand.  It involves wearing white and eating rice pudding.
  3. Lizards can be very noisy creatures.  The one living in our roof space would give any cockerel a run for his money and sounds like a pneumatic drill *yawn*.
  4. Banana flowers are very tasty, but only the jungle ones, domestic ones are bitter.
  5. As an addendum to my entry of a fortnight ago, not only can you fit a family of five into the back of a tuk tuk, but you can ALSO fit four backpacks, two large and two small.
  6. There are no present or future tenses in the Akha language, but there is a word for holding the hand of an old person when they die.
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4 Responses to “A short list of things I’ve learnt this week”

  1. Nat 22/05/2011 at 9:55 am #

    Eliza was born on Buddha’s birthday 😀

  2. Jacqui Maxted 22/05/2011 at 9:59 am #

    Loving the blog, what a wonderful experience for you all to share.
    Loved number 6, of todays blog what a touching thought.

  3. Kirsten & Tim Price 22/05/2011 at 5:38 pm #

    As usual, I lovely entry to your blog. Especially nr 6 was so touching. I’ve just started a new job working as a home carer for the elderly – would love to know the word for holding the hand of an old person when they die…

    Keep safe & healthy

    Love,
    the Price family xx

  4. TheMadHouse 23/05/2011 at 8:21 am #

    OH the boys would love to have machettes!

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