Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Harvest Time

This is a field next to our house. It is 90 degrees with almost 100% humidity. The plant grows thick tuberous roots. The plants are pulled out of the ground by hand, the tubers are cut and hauled away in the "e-dtek" and taken to a building where they are ground into meal for livestock. The workers work from dawn to dusk and cover every inch of their body. Bob helped them for 15 minutes get the cart unstuck and doesn't know how they work in the sun for 12 hours a day!


At 8:40 PM, Blogger MJ said...

One would wonder how they could stand being dressed so fully in the heat and humidity but I suppose it's necessary?

At 4:50 AM, Blogger Bob and Carol said...

I don't understand how they keep cool either, but I do know that there is a cultural bias against dark skin. It is also protection against sunburn and skin cancer.


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