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Another pottery village and a visit to a school

TODAY WE GET TO SEE HOW POTTERY IS MADE .

Here's some ready for shipping ...

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We get on shore, climb up the bank as usual ( it would be a lot less tiring in the rainy season when the water is 30 meters higher ) & make our way into the tiny village ..

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The youngster is spinning the wheel with his feet while his mom throws the pot ... I think she has done that before ..

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Trying to make a sale ...

no luck this time - what a bunch of meanies ..

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Imagine making all those pots - one pot at a time ..

I think this is a girl .. showing off her Karate moves . ...

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And she knows how to pose too ...

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Firing the pots here maybe ..

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but this is firing the pots. They go into a big pile of dirt that has charcoal burning inside ...

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Here we are inside a room where the lady kindly demonstrated for us .. I did not see any passengers give any of these people any cash for their time & don't know if the guide did either ...

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An ancient looking village - with solar panels ...

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KIds playing games with anything to hand ..

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These kids were in school ... Some of the passengers gave gifts here.

Pandaw have a good way of dealing with gift giving. A few days ago we were in a market & Mr So suggested if we wanted to give at the school, that we buy locally.

A far better idea than lugging stuff halfway round the world.

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They are singing us a song here ..

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OK children - the boring tourists have gone now - back to play.

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Watch these ladies take some pots to their boat ...

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Oh my Lord ..... Now, that is tricky! ...

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We have tied up for the night & the locals do what the locals do ..

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The steps you can see are a bit the worse for wear at the bottom. I should have paid attention to that.

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A girl negotiates the climb down with her empty water buckets ...

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and what goes down - has to go up. Here she sways home with full buckets. Looks like hard work but great for keeping slim ...

I followed her along the road & then down the main street looking for a beer. No beer but I did find some tea & the locals came to see the crazy tourist trying to sit on a chair inches from the ground.

Not for the first or last time in Myanmar, someone found me a bigger chair.

Thank you ladies & gents.

Here the souvenir sellers hatch their plans for the morning.

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They look for a likely customer & try to make contact. Each seller gets one customer & they will stick like glue to you for ages trying to make the sale.

They are not impressed if you buy from someone else either.

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I went for a walk through town on my own that evening. Not too difficult on the way out but pitch black on the way back & those stairs I mentioned don't make it all the way to the beach.

Oh well - I did make it home after a bit of a struggle.

Posted by hasbeen 12:18 Archived in Myanmar

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