On our trip up the Mekong River we stopped at a little village seemingly dedicated to selling goods to tourists. This young lady is selling the local version of Lao rice wine. The word "wine" is used fairly loosely here, as it's actually distilled (see PiP 1). If you care for a little extra flavour, you can have it with added protein in the bottle (PiP2). I decided to pass on the opportunity. :-)
Back to my archives! On our little boat, heading upstream (toward the left) from Luang Prabang, this other boat passed heading the opposite way. I should explain that this was taken in the wet season and the Mekong was running at high levels.
26 Jun 2016
Abandoned country building. I'd think it was for storage, rather than a residence. HFF, stay safe and best wishes for the weekend, everyone.
Around Australia are many sites sacred to the Aboriginal people, usually meaning the details cannot be divulged to outsiders, including the "white fellers" whose ancestors arrived only in recent centuries. This site of ancient rock carvings (petroglyphs) goes by the name of Ewaninga and is in the Northern Territory. While the age and significance are secret to the Elder men of the Arrernte People, it has been estimated at between 30-40,000 years. The site is accessible for visits and is part of a Conservation Reserve run by the NT Parks and Wildlife Service.
I (and most Australians) have been horrified and outraged in recent days to read that a major mining company in Western Australia, in the course of ripping out iron ore, has destroyed two caves containing sacred sites , with archaeological evidence showing occupation going back 46,000 years. They should have been World Heritage protected. The mining company's response could be summarised as "Oops, nobody told us it was important".
Not only do Black Lives Matter, so does Black Heritage!
An image of the old lifting bridge that I've realised I hadn't previously posted here. The new bridge, now under construction, will run from about where this was taken to between the old bridge and the bright light across the river (which is near where the previous images, also in PiPs, were taken).. Best viewed large.
The land-based end of the new bridge will connect to the large concrete construction at right. The existing road is behind all these works toward the trees. HFF, stay safe and best wishes for the weekend, everyone.
Over the past six months we've had bushfires, floods and most recently COVID-19, but despite that the new bridge construction has been progressing steadily, as this photo shows. The image in the PiP was taken in November, some 6 months prior. Best viewed large.