Thailand | Some Huay Ton Koe Buddhist Fun

As I was too ill to hike here yesterday, I stayed behind with Cory until the afternoon. It seems Huay Hee has gotten a smattering of tourists lately. Two Englishmen stopped by on motorbikes and stopped dead upon seeing me. They ended up buying some dee and rice cakes from Pati Asi, and possibly a CBT meal, but Pi Wasan carted us off before we could tell.

The trip was not easy on a sick stomach, and we arrived at about the same time as the rest of the crew – lucky there was some road access to this one. I am rooming with Sierra, who offers many global insights and is a great discussion companion. Our house here is little, so we are sleeping outside on a small mat. Luckily, this Buddhist town is cheery, so makes up for the sadness of being far from Huay Hee.

My hips are quite bruised from so many nights on bamboo floors; I will be beside myself in a down bed. I have recovered to some extent and followed along with the day’s activities. The tribe demonstrated traditional talents, including singing, herbal medicine, and metal working, which was particularly fascinating, and we all bought a machete or two to bring home. Sierra and I have spent much time on the porch, mostly eating simosas and reading. We are staying with Muga Chi Chi and Pati Opo. Our host family is under the impression that we are hilarious, but I have no idea why. People keep filing in and out of the house, and the grandchildren seem to eat here as well. We did an excellent job in mapping the family tree this time (Sierra is especially eager about these things.), and playing Uno with our family has been a blast. Group meetings have been calm.

The trail was done astonishingly fast, with the whole village helping build it, Mugas included. This surprised us, as only the men had helped us previously. At 7.30pm, we gathered in the sala for Katia’s birthday, under the guise of discussing the trail. We gave her colored cards, rice cake, Oreo’s, and LOTS of rice whisky. It was total madness. Jeff even shared a song from Wicked, which was a mildly traumatizing experience for the tribe, I’m sure. Luckily, this is a Buddhist village, and they are all about the “mai pen rai.”

Things are:

  • Genuine
  • Happy
  • Magical

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