Day 2 Myanmar (22nd Dec)
Today you’ll be hearing all about our first full day in Myanmar!
To get our bearings, we took a short walk around the block by our hotel. We walked past the Bangladesh embassy and remembered last weeks fun fact! Then Dad grazed his big toe when he fell off a wobbly paving stone and we had to return to the hotel to mop up the goo!
We then took a taxi to a local market & bought 3 pairs of shorts for me & a Christmas skirt for Dad (a “longi”); and several rolls of sellotape for Mum.
We walked around an area with a lot of colonial buildings.
An interesting next stop was for local sweet tea/coffee. We had local cake and an extra cup of green tea. While drinking the tea, Dad found out that his eyesight is failing.
Sunset at a huge place called Shwedagon Pagoda.
There are eight different animals/creatures that correspond to the day (of the week) of your birth. Here is the list:
W Morning Elephant with tusks
W Afternoon Elephant without tusks
F Guinea pig
Dad and I were both born on a Tuesday so we made offerings at the Tuesday corner.
There was an old bell with an interesting story: it had been stolen from from the temple by the British when they occupied Burma. They were using the pagoda as a fort because of its elevated position and decided that the bell could be melted down and turned into canons but they managed to drop it into the river and it was lost for thirty years. It is now back where it belongs although a close inspection told me that it was a little damaged!
Later on we were supposed to visit Chinatown but that seemed a bit of a strange thing to do for someone from Shanghai so we went to eat at a local place instead. I tried lots of new things at a restaurant called “Feel Myanmar”. It was very delicious.
That’s all for Day 2!
Day 3 Myanmar (23rd Dec) is going to be published on-time or one day late.