Don't know which way to turn
Don't know which way to turn

The village is divided by a river, the west bank is where the company hotel is situated
We are living at the back of the boutique style Orange hotel, which is very nice but does distance us from the community, just staying on the west side does.

We get a lot of feed back about the art programme and how unsuccessful people found that to be, everyone we meet says it would be good if we did something useful.
There is a lot of resentment that the company had supported art works that were of no value. What was perhaps a bit shocking about the art works previously made here, in 2004 is that the artists took the work away with them, and left nothing but the experience of helping the artist make the stuff. One of the artists is remembered for his ability to make friends with the village square drunks, through the use of body language, which is I think a universal language of drunks, verbal communication being incomprehensible shouting. Bryan and I left Maria and Laura in an embroidery class and tried to get a beer in the village square, we were immediately surrounded by very drunk men and women, and accidentally ordered a bowl of noodles and a tea, but no beer. Bryan manfully struggled with the art form of body language, which appeared to result in him being nicknamed pussy pussy, (we later found out this meant no, (actually Bussy bussy)); clearly they did not enjoy Bryan’s body language any more than the rest of us.
The teachers of the embroidery class were engaged in a very Ruskinian endeavour, to develop a local and idiosyncratic lace as a local craft industry. The class was full of interested women, all keenly making doilies.

With further meetings and discussion we begin to draw some conclusions about the issues facing the village and eventually Jay has a conversation with a power worker who explains succinctly the very things we have been thinking

There is no attraction in the forest to draw visitors
There is no attraction in the village to support the forest and connect the visitors with the village
There is not enough accommodation and what there is is too expensive (needs a range)
The quality of the built environment and the restaurants is not good enough (much as we love eating in the square at Uncle Joe’s)
The transport system is not adequate
And finally to Bryan’s delight he said the walkways needed improving

So the improvement of the tourism industry in a way that benefits the village communities and supports and develops the existing rural industries. In short good tourism, participatory, engaged, a learning/development experience on both sides


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