One of the best things about travelling to a distant land for your holiday is having things turned upside down on their head. What you always saw as normal practice in your home-country, is seen as abnormal or strange in another place. And vice versa. And one of the first "strange" things for foreigners who arrive in Thailand was the street hawker selling ice cream. Nothing strange in that you might say. However, it was how they served the ice cream (or "i sa-creem" as the Thai call it or "i-dtim" as the kids call it). You can choose to have your ice cream in a familiar cone or plastic cup, or in a bread roll! At first that was too weird to contemplate. But after tasting it, you will become addicted.

A local "i-dtim" man comes around every day. Probably more often now as it is summer holidays. He rings his little bell which tells us straight away what he is hawking before we even see him. To catch his attention, you can call out "dtim dtim". The ice cream he sells in his push cart (others have bicycles attached to their carts) cost 5-10 baht depending on the size. Then, "i-dtim" man will ask you what you want with your ice-cream. The choice was between glutinous rice or chopped glaceed fruit.

Very nice on a hot summer's day.