Mesmerized in Myanmar (yeah, I know, cheesy...)
Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
172Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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I shrug, intrigued. "Maybe..."
"I have 100-year calendar, we see. What year were you born?
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
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
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.