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Like a bull in a china shop; like a buffalo in a gift shop

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large_5550_12562218325510.jpgBelieve it or not, this is a big gift shop ... refer to the main text for details.
The market in Bolu (near Rantepao) isn't a weekly affair ... but occurs every six days. We were lucky to catch it even only with a stay of three full days.

In summary, people bring their buffaloes and pigs here so other people can come make their purchases:

1. The buffalo section is essentially a big gift shop ... people buy buffaloes not for food but as ceremonial gifts for special occasions.

2. Adult pigs are sold for short-term consumption and not for rearing. Pigs planned for sale on the day are bound up ready for transport (a bit sad for animal lovers) but any leftovers are left in generous pens until sold in the next few days.

3. Piglets are sold in sacks for rearing.

From there we proceeded to the Sesean Mountains (minus Kim who was a bit off colour) for a walk through villages, ricefields and the bush ... including a lunch stop for the panorama at Batu Tumonga.


Posted by alexchan 17:00 Archived in Indonesia

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