Seriously.. did anyone really believe that receptionist a single bit when he said “No road! No bus!”? We didn’t. But he meant it. We got on the bus only to find that the road was only partially built so we had to wait for them to fix it. Truly annoying. Result: we got in waaaay over schedule. Now we know why the old lady bagsied the floor.
We are now in a place called vang vieng, which takes pride in it’s tubing business and sells t-shirts stamped with ‘tubing-vang vieng’ on them and i bet some say ‘I ♥ tubing @ vang vieng‘. What is tubing? Well, in vang vieng it’s basically: 1: Float down to bar in jumbo rubber ring. 2: Float down to all other bars. 3: Go through awsome rapids. 4: Get to the end. 5: deposit tube. Also in vang vieng you don’t get sweetmilk coffee. Our hotel has an old and fatally (probably) ill pet dog who absoloutly loathes and despises me when i notice him.
Here Is an essay on the river mekong:
The Mighty Mekong
The Mekong. The mighty Mekong. Whole civilizations of Asia owed the hulking great miles-wide river a thank-you letter in the times of old.
Even today the food supply of Si Phan Don would quiver and snap without it and it can even effect the tourist business and the ‘vehicles for hire’ business which do things for hire such as kayaks and leaky canoes.
Then there are the ‘Mekong Sunsets’ which are totally gorgeous and include: ‘sun-burnt streak’, a golden ‘streak’ of sunlight from the setting sun, fishing boats that leave a wake that looks like tarnished gold and of course, there are Irrawaddy dolphins.
Irrawaddy Dolphins are shy little mammals that originated in Burma’s Irrawaddy river and are not scared of the ridiculously loud longtail boats. As shown in the picture, usually you can see nothing but their back and sometimes the they blow out of their air-holes. They make an unearthly noise when blowing the air out but they can be excused that because they are mammals.
I, myself have only visited it in the dry season but advise you NEVER to build a riverside building that isn’t elevated or else monsoons will erase your building when the Mekong rises and the currents teach it how to get pieces swept away.
I am doing this post rather irately in a coffee shop known as true coffee and have just read an article called ‘From The Earth to the cup’. Here it is.
Growing the coffee
Coffee is grown at altitudes of 800-1500 meters above sea level.
The coffee cherries take approx 6-8 months to grow to the diameter of around 1.5cm. (at which time they will be ready to harvest.)
The harvester will hand-pick only the ripest cherries by looking at their color.
The ripe cherries will then be washed and skinned until all skin and pulp is cleanly removed from what is now a coffee bean and was a cherry.
The beans will then be left to completely sun dry on a patio.
After the final stage of hulling they are roasted to create the coffee beans you know.
So, now you know how coffee beans are made.