Mesmerized in Myanmar (yeah, I know, cheesy...)

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
Trip End Nov 15, 2007

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

"You were born on a Friday, yes?"
I shrug, intrigued.  "Maybe..."
"I have 100-year calendar, we see.  What year were you born?
"And day?"
I scan his calendar, feeling let down. I point.  "Sorry, Tuesday."

And so, I was introduced to this older guy who wanted desperately to be my tour guide for the beautiful (and most famous in Yangon) Shwedagon Pagoda.  It was absolutely amazing and so beautiful.  As beautiful, if not more so, as the Grand Palace in Thailand.  Golden spires everywhere, and lots of Buddhas and really interesting ornamentation all over the place.  I took lots of pictures.

So rewind a couple of hours, and I was walking around from my hotel "The motherland (2)"  (I guess number 1 is no longer) and I asked this Burmese guy (Myanmar's old name) if he could point me in the right direction to Shwedagon.

What followed was an amazing experience for me, since this guy, who didn't even know me, took me all the way to the Pagoda, going with me on the bus, and even insisting on paying my bus fare (I paid for his on a later bus).

He barely spoke any English but was so nice and kind, and waited and walked aorund with me for a bit.  Oh, and not even 15 minutes into knowing me, he gave me his really nice green bracelet.  He insisted on giving it to me.

Later on, we walked by the river, which was really nice, around sunset time, and finally I walked with him to the Buddhist monastery where he studies English.  There I met his Buddhist monk friends, who were all extremely friendly and nice.  They all study English as well, and I had such a nice time that I will go back tomorrow morning at 9:30am for their English lesson.  A few of them spoke quite well, and they all understood fairly well too.

Anyways, an amazing first day in Myanmar.  I'm afraid it can't get much better in the future, so I might be dissapointed, but it was absolutely fantastic.  I look forward to tomorrow, and then taking an overnight bus up North to Mandalay, the old capital, in 2 or 3 days.

Good night. ^_^

Ed. Note:So I didn't actually write this in my notebook first; just straight to the compy on this one.  Not enough time, since I was passed out after my sleepless night last night at the airport, walking around all afternoon, and hanging out with my new monk friends.  Busy, busy day.
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mariugenia on

Como todo, tu viaje tiene altibajos, pero creo que tiene mucho más altos que bajos, y yo estoy feliz por eso!! Después de una noche tan fea y fría en el aeropuerto, qué rico estar en un sitio tan simpático y con gente tan hospitalaria. Qué linda experiencia conocer a monjes budistas!! me imagino lo bien que te habrá hecho sentir y muy bienvenido al lugar. Además que el palacio debe ser impresionante, por lo que comentas. Me muero de ganas de ver las fotos. bueno, por hoy has hecho mucho y has conocido a gente y sitios lindos, que descanses rico y que el resto de tus días en Myanmar sigan siendo así.
te quiero mucho!!

mariugenia on

Acabo de ver las fotos de Myanmar y de sus templos y estatuas y realmente que están lindas, no me imaginé que eran tan bonitas. Gracias, Christian!!

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