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... gold, marble and white paint was blinding, and the temperature went up several degrees while we were on top. Needless to say we didn't stay up there for long. I take my hat off to these devoted, gentle people who are so dedicated to their faith that they would build something so big and beautiful. Not for me though, after seeing how millions over here live I would rather see the money spent on decent housing and sanitation for the poor. It was then off to "The Lady's" (as Aung ...
I'm really enjoying Yangon. It's like Delhi in many ways. A big, spread out city with some large buildings (city hall, post office, railway station, port authority)which remain from the colonial period. Lots happens on the street, including people selling books and newspapers. People squat down with their bum touching their ankles in a way which we find really ***********e wobbles their head in the Indian way though. But people do eat rice with ...
... catfish pieces, ginger, lemongrass, banana tree stem and chickpea (hopefully they were the crunchy bits!) Apparently it's very popular all over the country - looks like it won't be the last time we come face to face with this fishy creation! After a morning in the hostel we walked around the town again, through the markets and went to a popular noodle shop to try and fill our tummies. We sat down and were promptly given a small cup of Chinese tea, and a little bowl ...
... had in a glass cabinet, a venerate monk who was believed to be too good for cremation and so was left to dry out. He now lies in his case with his cloak and gold painted head (anything religiously important is painted gold, even roadside Banyan trees).
We were shown the monks' quarters and saw the very young novices returning from their food collection walks amongst the people (every good Buddhist is required to give an offering every day, and even those who seem to have ...
... a feeling of peace and isolation- there weren't that many other people there (in no small part down to the heat) and we only witnessed crowds for the sunset viewpoint at one of the tallest temples. This was very memorable as you get a true feeling for the scale of Bagan when viewed from above- it is quite a magical place as the photos suggest.
We ate at two excellent restaurants that day too, both with superb names- lunch was a vegetarian place called 'Be Kind to Animals ...
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