Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fish Oil and Spices in Laos and Istanbul


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We came across these specimens as soon as we left Peru. Our trip to Laos was a long one, about 8 days. We went from Lima to Rio and then to Istanbul, where we stayed for five days. I arrived with a bit of cold and a sore throat and had no idea what to do about it. 

Since I was pregnant I couldn't just take any medicine, so we set our minds on finding a natural remedy. At the Great Bazaar (what a crazy place!) we went into one of the natural medicine / spice shops and asked for something for throat pain, and cough. What we got is this gooey green stuff that i had to eat by the spoonful. 



What was in it? Honey, polen, propolis, turmeric, cinnamon, clove and some other spices. It was like eating the entire spice rack with every mouthful. But guess what, it worked, obviously. 


After a few days in Bangkok with no weird green goo encounters, we arrived in Luang Prabang just in time for the little Peruvian toothpaste  to run out. So out I go to the corner store to buy some. 

I was pretty impressed at the selection of stuff they had in that store, not to mention how it was all arranged like they had never heard of proper shelving...crates upon crates of cleaning products, huge bags of toilet paper and diapers, makeup, skin whitening creams, detergents, cookies, milk and juice boxes, toothbrushes, candles and incense. 

So I thought....Im in Laos, I should get the Lao toothpaste right? wroooong. That thing looked like dogdoodoo after a bad meal. It was gritty and brown and stinky and yes, it had fish oil in it! Just like everything in that country has. Fish oil galore!! 

Thankfully the rest of our stay in Luang Prabang was not all covered in fish oil. It was actually a pretty good three months, even if I was lugging around that big baby belly.