Mandalay Swan Hotel
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... the three days we had in the villages felt too genuine and heartfelt for me to disbelieve them. Political issues are rife in the country's leadership, but they unfortunately are one of many in the world - it's a complicated place that I can't even begin to unpick with such limited understanding. As a country with such an unclear, contradictory and private contemporary history, we were not expecting to be treated with the kindness, care ...
... the bright appliqué wall hangings that the Burmese love.
We succumbed and bought a couple of small Teak panels, and although we felt guilty about supporting the logging industry, the truth is most of the Teak forests have been cut down and illegally sold to China. The Generals have now sold replanting licenses to corporations, so in 40 or 50 years there will be new Teak in managed forestries, but nowhere near the same as the ancient forests containing the original ...
... and cart ride to view another teak monastery. All this took a lot longer than our guide expected and we didn't get back to the hotel until 4:45pm, without a stop at the market. Not happy, Jan. We had a brief happy hour at the bar and another great dinner at the hotel. The quantity and variety of food at the buffet encouraged serious over-eating but what the hey, we're on ...
... up was the Mahamuni Paya. The Buddha in this temple is covered in around 15 cm of gold leaf and only men are allowed to add the gold leaf. We also saw some bronze figures that had come form Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We visited the Kathadaw Pagoda which contains the world's largest book. The Pagoda itself is 187 feet high and in the grounds are 729 little pagodas which each contain a marble slab inscribed on both sides with text from ...
... the meaning of gratitude. We apologize and beg you to forgive us. Visit our house often. Please admonish us. We are stupid persons. We are really stupid persons.’
‘Don’t cry anymore… If you understand the kindness of life, I am satisfied…son and daughter.’
And it seemed to me that in this Buddhists nation there are a lot of people who do understand and embrace the kindness of life. There was one thing ...