Saturday, 26 January 2013

My Grandma's Village

My mom's side of the family is from Udon Thani which is the North-Eastern region of Thailand. Its predominantly an agricultural part of the country. If you have ever had Thai rice then it would have been highly likely that it came from this area. It is the poorest part of Thailand, but the people are happiest and most generous.

Rice Paddy
Some happy locals
It is not an area very well known to tourists but I think it has some of the most amazing sceneries. My mom has always told me that she was such a happy child growing up here. No body had vdo games, television, and back in the day not even electricity sometimes. She used to tell me that she would play with her brother and sisters outside while she tended to the water buffalos and picking rice from the field. That was her job when she wasn't in school. Can you imagine trying to give a 9 year old in London a serious chore?

I just want to share some photos that my brother took the last time we were in Udon Thani. It's been a long time since I had been here and only now that I start to wonder why.

Lady hard at work

The field in front of our house

Thai lady crushing garlic, gotta love the kitchen

 My mom took me to go visit a lady in the village who hand makes these beautiful sarongs. She must be nearly 70 but she spends all her time making them to sell. She wanted to give them to me for free but I refused (you see what I tell you about people being so generous here).
Old lady who makes these quilted sarongs

Beautiful sarongs

Where she makes the sarongs

Monks walking 

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