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Kyauk Myaung & more pots

WE HAVE SEEN POTS BEING MADE BEFORE ON THIS TRIP & NOW WE WILL SEE SOME MORE ...

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EXCEPT THESE POTS ARE BIG, REALLY BIG,

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REALLY REALLY BIG ....

UNUSUAL T-SHIRT THE GIRL IS WEARING ..

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I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE LITTLE BALLS ARE, LITTLE BALLS I EXPECT ..

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PASSENGERS MEETING THE LOCALS ..

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POTS IN THE MAKING ...

KIDS ..

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KIDS MULTIPLYING ..

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MR So EXPLAINING THE PROCESS TO NANCY IN THE DOORWAY NEXT TO THE INCREDIBLY GENEROUS CREW MEMBER WHO ESCORTED US SAFELY AROUND ON SHORE & HANDED OUT ICE COLD TOWELETTES TO CLEAN OUR FEET WITH, MARIANNE LOOKING SUITABLY IMPRESSED & ROBERT ...

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THAT WAS ALL TAKING A WHILE SO I STEPPED OUTSIDE & WATCHED LIFE GOING ON OUTSIDE ..

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A FEW PEOPLE WORKING VERY HARD ..

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IN MYANMAR - YOU DON'T SEE TOO MANY PEOPLE SITTING AROUND NOT DOING ANYTHING ..

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YOUNG MONKS COLLECTING ALMS FOR THEIR ONE MEAL A DAY ..

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SMALL OBJECTS - I KNOW NOT WHAT - BEING CARRIED BY THIS LADY

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MORE KIDS ARE ARRIVING ...

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I WAS SITTING ON A BENCH HERE, JACKIE WAS ON THE BENCH TOO IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY ...

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KIDS JUST SITTING AROUND WITH US ...

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HERE THEY HAVE FOUND SOMETHING ...

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PROUD AS PUNCH, THEY SHOW US THEIR TREASURE - A MOTH ..

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LEAVING THE KIDS & THEIR MOTH, THE GROUP REASSEMBLES & WE WALK OVER THE ROAD .

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I THINK THIS MAY BE A KILN .. OR SOMEWHERE THE POTS ARE LEFT TO DRY PERHAPS ..

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ON UP THE ROAD WE GO - SAYING MINGALABA TO THE LOCALS .. SURPRISINGLY FEW PEOPLE ABOUT, & NO OTHER TOURISTS AT ALL ..

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WE STOP ON A HILL TO HAVE LOOK AROUND .. MARIANNE & JACKIE HERE ..

AND POTS & POTS & MORE POTS ...

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THIS LADY, LOOKING LIKE A MODEL STEPPING OUT FOR A FASHION MAGAZINE PHOTO-SHOOT ..

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Mr So LEADS US UP HILLS & DOWN. INTO TINY BACK ALLEYWAYS .. NO ONE SEEMS TO MIND THE INTRUSION ..

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WE LEAVE THE POTTERY MAKING AREA & HEAD BACK TO THE BOAT. BARBARA BRINGS UP THE REAR AS USUAL - TAKING PHOTOS. MARIANNE & I ARE TRAILING THE GROUP TOO ..

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Mr So TRACKS BACK TO FIND US & LEADS US INTO A WARREN OF BACK ALLEYS WHERE WE MEET THESE PEOPLE ...

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& THIS LADY ..

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WHO POURS US A SMALL GLASS OF CLEAR LIQUID EACH .. WATER?

MARIANNE TAKES A SWIG & AN IMMEDIATE GRIMACE. BARBARA & I ALSO HAVE A TASTE & IT IS NOT WATER, FIRE-WATER PERHAPS, & NOT TOO BAD.

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Mr So TAKES US OUT BACK WHERE THIS GENTLEMAN IS BUSY MAKING THE NEXT BATCH. BARBARA ASKS HOW LONG THE PROCESS TAKES, IS IT A COUPLE OF MONTHS, A FEW WEEKS - WHAT?

TWENTY MINUTES - WE COULD HAVE STUCK AROUND FOR THE NEXT BATCH.

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A PURE SPIRIT, MADE FROM PALM - NONE OF US WENT BLIND OR GOT BLIND DRUNK ..

BUT BARBARA DOES LOOK A TRIFLE SQUIFFY ..

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IS THAT YOUR SECOND LADIES?

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WELL - THAT WAS A GOOD FUN DAY & WE FINALLY HEAD BACK TO THE BOAT..

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BYE KIDS --

Posted by hasbeen 13:35 Archived in Myanmar

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