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1. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 9y

I've been wondering about this for ages so maybe someone can shed some light on this...when I was travelling from Vietnam into Laos the bus that me and my friends booked was absolutely loaded with hand-made wicker baskets. There were about six or seven guys who seemed to be 'in charge' of the bus and kept moving baskets around. Everyone's luggage was kept on the floor of the bus while the baskets took up the whole of the back space and the overhead luggage compartments. We got picked up from out guesthouse around 10pm so when we got to the border it was closed and everyone had to sleep on the bus for hours until the border opened. Before we crossed the border the dudes were furiously moving around baskets for some unknown reason. You could see through the baskets a little and they seemed empty apart from a thin stem running through the middle and they looked like you'd have to break them to open them. When we crossed over the border the dudes on the bus gave the border guards some baskets to keep. So my question is, what do you think was in the baskets ?

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Invisible Penguins???????

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Laos has a basketweaver union and importing baskets from Viet Nam is against the law. Angry basketweavers can be a tenacious lot when conterfeit baskets are smuggled into the country. The "Basket Wars" of 1896 were a messy affair indeed and the number one reason for the formation of the basketweaver union.
Maybe the bus doubles as a catering service and they were delivering the border guard's breakfast.

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

Invisible Penguins???????

cool

5. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 9y

Ha ha! Invisible penguins is far more exciting than what i thought was in there

I had no idea about the 'Basket Wars' of 1896, were they similiar to the ice cream wars of Glaswegian fame? I bet it was messier...

6. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 9y

Nothing is more exciting than the great Condiment Wars!!!! Down with Count Mayonnaise, long live the Mustardiers!!!!

Ah, we haven't talked about that in a long time, have we? Looks to the door waiting for Beerman to come in...

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Pardus

Nothing is more exciting than the great Condiment Wars!!!! Down with Count Mayonnaise, long live the Mustardiers!!!!

Ah, we haven't talked about that in a long time, have we? Looks to the door waiting for Beerman to come in...

That would be Count du Mayonnaise...
Maybe the Mustardiers were hiding in the baskets and the ones given to the border guards were filled with a mustard dipping sauce to have with their Gỏi cuốn.

8. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Pardus

Nothing is more exciting than the great Condiment Wars!!!! Down with Count Mayonnaise, long live the Mustardiers!!!!

Ah, we haven't talked about that in a long time, have we? Looks to the door waiting for Beerman to come in...

That would be Count du Mayonnaise...
Maybe the Mustardiers were hiding in the baskets and the ones given to the border guards were filled with a mustard dipping sauce to have with their Gỏi cuốn.

It was all fine until the introduction of the Socialist movement known as "Red Sauce" (it's American counterpart, "Ketchup", was founded some years later)

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Now all mustard has to be secreted across the borders in woven baskets and given preferential seating on all buses. The House of Parliment Sauce has called a meeting to decide the fate of the Basketiers.