From the ship we caught glimpses of little farming villages that blended into the landscape of the muddy river we were in. Gondola style boats floated by, and every once in awhile the spire of a golden pagoda could be seen rising in the distance out of the mud and flooded farmlands.
It was so humid outside that my poor camera had a hard time of it fogging itself up constantly. So you will have to picture in your mind a golden spire rising in the distance..
Such a wealth of riches rises out of such a poor landscape. But more on that tomorrow.
Here we are. We docked at 6pm on Saturday evening, and it was announced that the crew were to have a curfew of 10pm. Since the gangway was busy with departing tours for a good while, none of us had a chance to go out the first night. There was nothing on the pier, and the air was thick with insects as night time fell. Well, one did fall, on my head, a gigantic beetle as I opened the door to outside (on a dare, upon hearing of the total infestation) Beetles and grasshoppers were everywhere, outside and squished down the staircase.
It reminded the crew of the Amazon, since we have all been, the scenery of the river with its flooded farmlands and the bug infestation, the lit ship being such a magnet for these critters.
The sign in the hallway the next night read “Crew Bar on Deck 6 aft will be moved inside due to bugs!”
Speaking of men in skirts – yes, that is what they wear. They are called Longees, and actually, (maybe I have been at sea for too long?) are quite attractive on the handsome men. The people here are good looking.
Here is an example of the typical wardrobe. Skirts for both, a dress shirt for the man and a sleeved shirt for the lady. And flip-flops.
First, we went to the Pagoda. But that was so fantastic I will give it its own separate entry.
A nun comes up asking for money. “Sorry, I’ve got none!” I joke.
Paintings were ridiculously cheap. From $7 to $50, if you want a giant one. You could get a nice medium sized one for $12.
This is a Buddhist nun posing. They come around asking for money, all the time, and I gave some to this one on the condition that I take her photo amongst the paintings.
The guys were ready to go home, but I was keen on seeing the lake, so we took our self-appointed tour guide and patiently waiting Taxi driver and went to the lake.
And we all sat down outside this spectacle, on the lakeside and had a Myanmar beer with the Taxi driver, Self-appointed tour guide, and the 2 entertainers that I barely know and probably will forget.
More about that tomorrow.