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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Workday in a Long-neck Village

Everywhere we went, we noticed the women at work making beautiful scarves. The women were very serious and offered few smiles. This was in stark contrast to the other hill tribes that we visited: the Skaw (White) Karens, the Pa-O (Black) Karens, and the Akha. These groups smiled and teased us and, of course, hounded us to buy their products. (Will post pictures next week.) The long-necks did not push their products on us at all (which also included beautiful silver opium pipes), although they were on display next to them. As far as the men are concerned, we have no pictures because most of them were sleeping in the huts!

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At 4:31 PM, Blogger lindsayallbaugh said...

I noticed that this little girl is wearing makeup- but the older woman pictured earlier is not. Do you know why the such a young girl is wearing makeup? Is she not married yet, so she is on display of some sort?

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Bob and Carol said...

She is part of the income generation for the family. It is customary to pay them about 20 baht for taking their picture. However, we have noticed that all young girls in parades and festivals wear a lot of makeup, too!

At 11:57 PM, Blogger matt said...

Very they put make-up on the kids, rings on womans necks, and the men fall asleep? A far stretch from America...kinda : )

At 3:21 PM, Blogger MJ said...

I would think those rings would be quite hot and uncomfortable.


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