Feeling tall & Freeing birds in Mandalay
Trip Start Nov 21, 2013
8Trip End Dec 16, 2013
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I quickly meet a fun and upbeat Dutch woman named Minnemijn and we hit it off instantly. She's super fun, spunky and bubbly with amazing curly blond hair. We find a taxi driver/guide called Winn that takes us around Mandalay. Winn is a 40-year old Burmese man that has learned English just by listening to english speaking movies, likes shrimp and is a devout Buddhist
Winn guides us trough some history of the temples, local costumes and he also gives us a crash course in Burmese Buddhist Meditation techniques. '-One must practice non-attachement or else one will be caught in the karmic wheel forever', You might even be born as an animal next life' he says and shakes his head. -" if you don't want to be sick in your next life, then help a person that is ill, if you don't want to be poor in your next life, then donate some money to someone less fortunate than yourself". Having this fresh in my mind I do my good deed for the day and pay a little boy one dollar to let one of his birds free that he carries around in a cage. I do want to be free in my next life after all!
Everywhere we go we get greeted by a smile and the word "Minglaba" meaning prosperity, blessing or anything auspicious, joyous and festive blessings to you
Peace, Love and Minglaba to you all!