The Mekong Delta – by Jacob
We went on a small wooden rowboat and one of the locals rowed us down a small river. There was a lot of water coconut trees on the sides. The river was really small and we were banging into boats left, right, and centre, so we had to hang on to somewhere in the middle of the boat, not on the edges. And we also learned how the locals moved around.
I held a python snake. It was scaly and it’s body was moving and it wrapped around my leg. It was light. I thought it would be heavier. It was about two meters long. I also did a project on snakes at home with my friend, Nicholas, so it was cool to hold one.
I listened some local music and saw the instruments. The instruments were interesting. There was one with lots of strings and one with one string. It was nice to listen to. While they played, I ate lots of different types of tropical fruit.
I got to see how Coconut Candy was made. They had to break open the coconut, take the meat out and put it in a giant blender. Then they turned it into condensed coconut milk. Next they dried it and packaged it and I even got to taste it. It was really good. My mom bought a big package.
I saw the elephant ear fish. I also saw how is was served. It was a little smelly but it looked cool because it was served whole and held up on wooden pegs. It was even a different colour.
I saw how rice was peeled and polished there was a lot of machines in there and it was really cool. I even learned some of the history of rice in Vietnam.
I learned how rice paper and rice noodles are made. It was really neat. They made them with rice paste. They cooked it, dried it and cut it. It must be hard work. It tasted good though.
I went to a floating market and saw how they sold things on the river. Even kids were on the boats were selling things. It must have been their “lesson on economics”. I even got to go on a locals boat to buy a tasty pineapple.
We saw crocodiles, turtles and porcupines. They were cool but there was so many in one habitat. I’m pretty sure that they were going to kill them and make them into clothes or decorations.