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Friday, February 27, 2009

Boats With Eyes

After spending the last few days in the Mekong Delta, snacking on coconut candy and rice pancakes, cruising through floating markets (where people buy and sell between boats), and absorbing the slow vibe and incredibly humid climate, we've become big fans of boats with eyes!

Local legend has it that back when the Mekong River was still full of giant crocodiles (no one could really tell us why the river isn't full of crocs anymore!), people would paint eyes on the bow of their boat to scare away the crocs-- ie. boat of people does not equal dinner!

Many boats today still have eyes in front, making some look kind of snively and some just plain goofy, kind of like the seashells with googly eyes glued on them in the Spongebob Squarepants movie...