Day 22-Monday-February 1 Buckle-up…this will be a wild day! We awoke this morning with our room not any warmer. Doug called the front desk and asked about the heater problem. He was told the units in each bungalow were only air conditioning and not heaters…oh well. So, as it does get warm here in the daytime, we’ll turn our units off when we return from our excursions in the afternoon to pre... Read Full Entry
Cheroot factoryWomen making cheroots. Cheroots are hand-rolled with a little chopped tobacco leaves, mixed with other fragrant stalks and rolled into a smooth Thanet Hpet leaf. Cheroots vary from area to area, but most of them have a lighter sweet flavor.
Big productionAll of these women sit on the floor putting their cheroots together. Not quite a Phillip Morris factory.
Knife makingOur next stop was where they made knives. One guy holds the piece of metal over the round anvil that is surrounded by very hot coals while the other guys pound away with sledge hammers to flatten and shape it into a knife-like form.
Stoking the coalsThis woman sits on a perch using a small set of bellows to stoke the heat for the fire under the anvil.
Finishing touchThis young man is sharpening and honing the anvil-finished product into a nicely finished product prior to putting on a handle.
Custom boat builderWe then visited a boat building location. They build boats in three sizes, the 45 foot length to carry goods, smaller skiffs for everyday use and specialty boats for racing. They are made of teak and require several weeks to make each one as the lacquer between the joints has to dry. Once this 45' boat is finished an engine with long propeller will probably be installed.
Family outingLooks like mom and the 2 kids have been to the market. The young boy sits proudly up front.
TownhousesKind of looks like attached housing on stilts.