02.18.2017 - 02.20.2017 95 °F
We spent our last day in Bagan on scooters again. Those little things were a blast. And at $7usd for a whole day rental, one just can't go wrong. We managed to cover a fair amount of ground on them. Went into a little village and found a pharmacy for bug bites, sore muscles and the like. Kelsey found a barber and got a straight edge razor to the head. I want to get him a saffron robe to wear and he would fit right in as a monk.
The Irrawaddy river boat left at 5:30am yesterday morning for the trip upstream to Mandalay. It turns out it is only about 135 miles but took us 12 hours. The boat was pretty decent and had a nice deck on top with tables/chairs to sit and watch the countryside pass by. It is an incredibly busy river. Boats of all sizes - small fishing pangas, tugs pushing barges, big timber floats, etc. Got to see a lot of little villages along the way and countless stupas dotting the landscape. Fun way to spend the day but not so good for our hearing - the motor was so loud we ended up screaming at each other all day to be heard.
Got to our hotel around 6pm - it's not so much but we are just here for the one night so can't complain. Going to go see something (not sure what yet) here in a few and then we get on a bus tonight at 5pm for Inle Lake. This one is only six hours so should be in around 11pm or so and will have a real bed to sleep in. We will be at Inle Lake for four nights - will be nice to stay put for a bit and get some laundry done.
Can't really post any pictures this time as the wifi here is really bad. Maybe in a couple days. We are having a great time and are so glad we've come before it starts to change even more than it already has.
We are always pleasantly surprised at how friendly the people are everywhere we go. I suppose that has something to do with the fact people are mostly good - everywhere. We see so many negative images on TV anymore that it is easy for one be cynical and assume the worst in people. Despite the fact it seems we always remark on how friendly people have been on our travels, it turns out the Burmese take it to a whole new level. I have never been treated with so much casual, honest kindness in all our travels. Zero hassle. Honest dealings. Good stuff.