Goodbye Fellow Exlorers - On My Own Again

Trip Start Mar 18, 2014
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Where I stayed
Myanmar Panda Hotel Yangon (Rangoon)
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
National Museum Yangon (Rangoon)
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Myanmar  , Yangon,
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rosemary and I went down to breakfast and were surprised that we were the first of our group to arrive there.  Then the others began to drift in.  I ate my cold fried egg, noodles and eclair while Rosemary regretted that she had left her camera in the room and couldn't take a photo of the odd mix.   Hanna and others managed to get their eggs to order and had warm ones instead of cold.

After breakfast, we saw off Hanna and Dom, Gerda and Wendy.  Marian and Martin are off somewhere I have forgotten even though they told me.  Rosemary has gone off supermarket shopping and I surfed the net to find out some information for my next few day's activities.  I discovered the National Museum hours are 10-4 so even though I told Rosemary I would be here when she got back, I probably will go off soon in order to be able to see all that I want.  Now to get organized!

I had a fright with trying to unlock the safe to put in my computer and had to get help from the front desk.  Just before I was ready to go out, Rosemary came back from her successful shopping trip and we got a chance to say goodby.  I got directions from the desk to the National Museum - really easy to walk to from the hotel.  When I got there, I had to put my red tote bag with camera into a locker.  Then after a short while, I had to go back and fetch my water bottle which they allowed me to bring in.  The National Museum has five floors of exhibits - lots of models of the various king's palaces, many of which unfortunately no longer exist.  I was very impressed with the Mandalay Palace - the ruins of which Mya Mya had pointed out to us in Mandalay.  I zipped through the pre-historic artifacts but there were a bunch of interesting stegadon palates and molars!  There were early man arrowheads and tools.  Different kinds of equipment - like fishing nets and spears, baskets, bamboo mats, looms and weaving tools were exhibited plus some carved ox-carts and some boats.  There were many Buddha statues in one wing and all kinds of bowls, pottery.  There were several display cases - such as the jewelry and gold articles - that were further enclosed in heavy bars.  The gold bowls and caskets were very beautiful!

My favorite part was on the fourth floor:  the traditional clothing for the ethnic groups of the 12 regions of Myanmar.  There were manikins for both men and women and alongside they had some paintings of traditional dances and some artifacts representative of what the people were known for producing - such as Inle Lake weaving.  I wished that I could have bought a book with photos from the museum and there might have been one but the books near the entrance were dimly lit and I was hot and thirsty by the time I left and not inclined to look.  I did try the little souvenir shops outside but didn't see anything special there that caught my eye.  All in all, it was 3 hours well spent I think.  I may not be able to place anything in Myanmar's time line historically but I feel as if I have a much better appreciation for its cultural achievements.  The wooden pagoda models are wonderful - to see a huge complex of intricately carved and decorated wooden pagodas - tier upon tier - is quite impressive!

After leaving the museum, I wanted to find this famous YKKO restaurant and have some lunch.  Last night we went but it was full. But first I tried to find the supermarket within the shopping malls that faced one another along the way back.  I did find the supermarket, looked at some sunscreen that was quite expensive, bought a few snacks for later on and then continued on my way.  I walked an extra block along Prya Street and then turned right....there was an unpleasant smell.  I was walking along a fenced-in area with lots of cars parked and people sort of camped inside - not sure what it was really.  It stretched on for quite awhile but finally I was past it.  Before I was ready to turn right again, I found the door to YKKO and went in.  There were no other customers.  They gave me a drinks menu and when I ordered a lime juice, a waitress asked if I would accept a lime soda, so I did - it was quite good.  I then got a food menu and ordered some sartay and grilled vegetables - they weren't bad, but here the portions were smaller so it was just about right for lunch.  I was tempted to have ice cream but decided to wait longer for that treat. 

Back at the hotel, they had stickered my key in order to try to get my money again.  This is a recurrent problem - trying to use a credit card - but this time they were successful so I am paid up.  Actually a good thing, because during the process I realized that I am only staying 2 nights.  This is sort of good - less cost - but not so good because I had quite a few things lined up to do - I should have squeezed in another activity for today.  Oh, well.  Now I need to wash some clothes and then do some work on identifying sights that I have seen in Myanmar before I can't remember them.  That should be it for the day....

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