Myanmar
Kela

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  • Day23

    Floating Farms

    March 12 in Myanmar ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Sustainable farming ... long before our English word was invented. This was mind blowing.

    Silt from the mountains run into the streams during the rainy season (autumn) and into the lake. Some of it clumps together with grass to form floating islands of green on the lake. The farmers gather this and organize it into 1 meter wide, long rows, with a small canal between each row. The islands are staked in place with bamboo shoots. The farmers tend to the rows by paddling small boats in the separating canals. The floating islands are thick enough that they will support a man standing on them as well.

    One of the pics shows the farmers cutting the grass as part of the preparation for planting the crops. They grow tomatoes, garlic, and other crops. The man in the foreground, cutting grass, found the bowl of a old opium pipe. He came over and gave it to us as a gift! We asked if we could give something in return and we’re told he would be insulted if we did. Such are these amazingly friendly people.

    Once we went further we came to the village where the farmers and their families lived. It has a high school, medical facility, and stores. Like all other villages here, all residents do the same thing. So everyone was a farmer here. Other villages were all silver smiths, while other villages made rice cakes , others were weavers. Astounding! Simple, resourceful, community oriented, no one better than anyone else, yet seemingly happy and content. I think they could teach us something.
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  • Day18

    Inle-See

    November 10, 2013 in Myanmar ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Den Rest des Nachmittags schippern wir gemächlich über den See und bewundern das Leben am und auf dem Wasser. Die schwimmenden Gärten, die ausschließlich vom Boot aus bewirtschaftet werden, beeindrucken uns. Das hatten wir sehen wollen, als wir uns entschieden haben, den Inle-See zu besuchen. Unmengen an Tomaten werden hier auf dem Wasser angebaut.Read more

  • Day20

    Fischer auf dem Inle-See

    November 12, 2013 in Myanmar ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Der heutige ein bißchen diesige Morgen führt uns hinaus zu den Fischern des Inle-Sees. Akribisch werden die Netze ausgelegt, dann die Fische hineingetrieben und dann wieder eingeholt.

    Die Fischer hier arbeiten immer zu zweit, so soll das "Fische ins Netz treiben" effektiver sein. Leider ist die Ausbeute eher mager, zumindest jetzt als wir zusehen.Read more

  • Day6

    Working on and around Inle Lake

    December 11, 2019 in Myanmar ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Much of the work here is farming and fishing. In fact, they say the best tomatoes are grown here. All the farms are on floating islands built up for the purpose. The second picture is a fisherman. 3rd is a man harvesting lake weeds to use a fertilizer. 4th is a woman extracting fibers from the stem of the lotus plant. These are woven like silk and are many times more expensive. One day of work only yields about 50 feet of fiber. Next is weaving, probably a silk/lotus mixed fabric. Last is cheroot rolling, another traditional business here. They say most women around the lake can do this, with the best able to roll up to 3,000 per day.Read more

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