Mandalay Swan Hotel
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... delicately stand on the tip of the boat on one leg, as the other leg wraps its ankle and foot around a small oar, steering the boat in small, quiet moves - a balancing act that would make Circe du Soleil proud. They're watching for bubbles from below. Once found, they throw a gigantic cone-shaped net made of bamboo or cane over the bubbles, submerge the net with one foot, and trap the fish. Once trapped, they spear the fish ...
... the final couple of sights after being taken to a decrepit watch tower that was not picturesque, you couldn't climb up and was surrounded by people selling souvenirs of other places. By this stage it was heading on towards sunset so we raced heavy traffic to get there only to miss the sun going down and be faced with a lame, overcast fading instead of any sunset. To add insult to injury, the bridge has become a huge tourist attraction at ...
... after that. The Royal Palace was burnt down during WWII and reconstructed less than 20 years ago. The palace walls and moat remain, about 2km along each side, and the reconstructed palace is in the centre. It's all made from wood, and there are dozens of small buildings. Some were the palaces for the King and his Queens, others are bedrooms, robing areas, areas to receive guests, and others for meetings. The King held three different meetings each day for different purposes. We were ...
... and Simon Cowell didn't jump out of the wings in a hurry to sign us. Shame We walked the length of the city, through fruit markets and along roads selling auto repair services, gold and silver and piles of tyres, and after several hours we went back to our room for an evening of gin and tonics and super noodles in front of Myanmar's Got Talent on the TV - I guess other cities had a better turn out than Mandalay. I gave Jack a hair cut which took a few hours and lots of giggling - ...
... out of the water and into their long-ji (trousers garment). On the bridge I helped a local family trying to take a picture with an Android phone. They had it in video record mode.
Some more driving and we are at Mahagandhayon Monastery, second largest in Myanmar. Around 1000 monks live and train there. We're there to see the final meal of the day at 11am. The monks all file in two lines to receive their meal from a local family that has been on ...