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From Pyin Oo Lwin it was onto Mandalay rather than spending another night in dirty Mandalay we took the train ride to ancient capital city of Burma Bagan. Again I enjoyed the train ride while there was no sleeper only first class for equivalent of $1.50 (eight hours) ...
Wow! What a day. Today was the day I faced my dear of heights (again) and got into a hot air balloon. I can't believe I did it. The build up made me so nervous. When we pulled up and saw all the balloons laid on the ground with the baskets sideways I started to freak out. I was a ball of emotions....fear, excited, anticipation, nerves... We had our safety talk and a cup of tea. And met our pilot Milton. Then ...
This is the second post (Part 2) detailing our amazing adventure in Bagan.
As if what we've seen already wasn't enough and we weren't exhausted already, we now pile off the bus and climb aboard (2 people each plus the driver) rough horse carts for a meandering trip down rutted and very dusty dirt tracks in, around and through the pagodas. I'll set the stage by mentioning that I (Carol) was in the back, ...
... built in 1218 which is 150 tall. We walked around inside and heard the famous story of how this is the spot where King Nantaungmya (the youngest son and not in line for the crown) was chosen to be Crown Prince from amongst his five brothers. How was the choice made? The boys stood in a circle and the king placed an umbrella in the center and when it leaned toward one of the boys, declared him to be the new heir.
Now a stop at ...
... hundreds of temples and pagodas every direction you looked. I took so many pictures but it is just an impossible sight to really explain. I just had this overwhelming feeling of amazement and yet complete peace. The sun slowly began to rise and the only slightly disappointing thing was that usually there are 50-100 hot air balloons that also rise with the sun but due to the lack of wind there weren't any. Nevertheless it was just incredible. The colours of the temples changed as ...