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Day 6 in Thailand, Eating Locally

This morning we spent what was called A Day in the Life of a Western Thai Community. We started at a local market. Each of us was given a vocabulary list and one item to purchase. Trying to communicate with our transliterated vocabulary prompts created a lot of smiles and playful interaction with the vendors. In the end the group purchased what was necessary for us to prepare part of our lunch.

After our adventure in the local market we headed to a coperative and met with some of the folks to discuss through an interpreter the cooperative. Then we boarded a Jeep and went further into the countryside to begin a walk through a farm to taste all sorts of produce.

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Prickly lime

Prickly lime

Tapioca tree

Papaya

Coconut station

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Fresh coconut juice out of the forest

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This has a nutty flavor

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass

Where we had lunch, After our walk through the farm

Where we had lunch, after our walk through the farm

We each had to make our salad.

We each had to make our salad.

Boat ride on the River Kwai

Boat ride on the River Kwai

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Rubber trees

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Camp at night

Bridge on the River Kwai

After the markets we continued on the bus to Kanchanaburi Province. As a child I remember the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. Now I would see the river Kwai and its beautiful riverside scenery; however the cemetery we visited was a vivid reminder of the incredible suffering the Allied POWs and Asian conscripts endured under the Japanese in building the railway.

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The cemetery was a fitting memorial to the 61000 Allied POW and 200000 Asian laborers who were forced by the Japanese to build a 260-mile stretch of rail. We had a chance to walk on the original bridge on the River Kwai.

The museum at the Hellfire Pass was a sobering reminder of the untold suffering of so many. The 45 minute walk on the trail which was the construction site of the most difficult section of the River Kwai Railway. The walk today is so peaceful; however as I walked, the images from the museum were so present in my mind that the intense cruelty led to the loss of so many human lives. For every half mile of track laid, 38 POWs perished.Kwai-14 Kwai-13 Kwai-18 Kwai-17 Kwai-16 Kwai-15 Kwai-11

We arrived late afternoon at our camp. The tents are fantastic and the view of the river Kwai is fantastic. The evening concluded with a barbeque.