Day 6 Myanmar (26 Dec)
We left Mandalay this morning & drove to a village Sagaing to meet our boat – RV Paukan 2007. A teak boat which can take 55 passengers.
We had room 315 a bow suit which had great views from 3 windows. We set off down the Irrawaddy River with beautiful views of pagodas. It was very peaceful.
One of the crew – called Zin – explained to us that people born on Tuesday are called only one of 2 names –
Zin (boy)/Zin Zin (girl) or Nyo (boy)/Nyo Nyo (girl). While lazing about, we had a go at Micheline’s quiz, from the poem “If”. We got 3 answers very quickly, but then got stuck. After lunch on the boat, we stopped to visit Yandabo,a village where nearly everyone makes clay pots. We saw farm animals, onions drying, the school & a clinic (which a nurse comes to once a week).
We learnt how the pots are made from clay from the river, & decorated. One lady can make 55 a day. We saw a hand made kiln (nothing at all like Polly’s!) which was cooking 1,500 pots. These kilns are made from sticks, drift wood & rice straw & it takes 4 days to cook each batch of pots. About 5-7% break while cooking & these are used as interesting looking fences etc.
Back on the boat, we watched the sun set & I visited the bridge & saw the sonar depth sounder & hooted the horn.
We had cocktails on the top deck & then went to dinner. I am sorry to have to say that I was then sick (but I am going to be OK). The boat moored overnight.