ON THE ROAD FROM MANDALAY
Trip Start Jan 15, 2012
21Trip End Feb 15, 2012
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Froze our asses off!
Saw the famous gardens.(including some roadwork in front of the hotel)
A temple with some amazing LED lighting displays in the works.
New driver is great! Speaks English. Understands how we like to get into the feeling of a place by going to the markets. Took us to a great market.
The Lady Denise was the hit of the market. She was fascinated by a vendor who had piles of what looked like pickled vegetables. In fact, they were pickled vegetables. She asked to try one. They warned her that it was very hot (spicy) She tried some. She loved it. They loved her.
He then took us to a fascinating workshop where they fabricated all sorts of Buddha statues.
We passed the first elephant we had seen on this trip so far. It was being readied for a wedding celebration later in the day. We stopped. We were more of a curiosity to them than the elephant. We took some pictures... thanked them... and got back in the car to the boat.
Got to the boat on time!
A pick up truck full of nuns pulled in front of us and started waving for us to stop. It turned out that the "air conditioning?" was overheating and black smoke was coming from the engine. All of a sudden getting to the boat on time was in danger. Someone stopped and offered to take us, & our luggage to the boat.
It took about a dozen guys looking under the hood and pulling and pushing at wires and cables to discover that the AC belt had seized and was burning. He turned off the AC and we were at the boat with time to spare.
This was not the type of jetty we were used to... This was just a sandy, muddy place at the river's edge where the boat was tied up and a gangplank had been set from boat to shore.
We watched women carry our bags on their heads from the car onto the ship.