Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fishing for Baht

My dad always said, "Money doesn't grow on trees", but what if money grew on fish? For some Thai people, money does come from fish. Considering Thailand's geography, fishing is a way to earn money for many people here. And, of course, it's a way to find food. I might add that Thais make some of the tastiest fish dishes I've ever eaten. In Thailand, it makes sense that fish are symbols of money and abundance. Even in Bangkok taxis, drivers sometimes hang up fish made out of folded paper bills to bring in baht and to help them "fish" for more customers. I'm wondering, then, when I'm riding in the cab, does that make me the fish?