Burma has some incredible sights, which hopefully we have managed to capture in some of the recent posts here. Sue in the office here had prepared us with what to expect, but the incredible beauty of some of the temples and pagodas even exceeded our high expectations. Instant “Wow” at almost every turn.
To me, probably the most lasting impression was of the Burmese people. So friendly, with an almost innocent charm. It might not be politically correct, but I really enjoy taking pictures of people – with their permission of course. Here we have just a montage of the many I took over the two weeks. In most cases, I showed them how the image had come out. Even a few wanted it retaken! I tried a few “selfies” but they didn’t work. A combination of my bad angles and them touching the screen at the wrong moment, so quite a few inquisitive fingers! And I think we are appearing in just as many pictures for them, as we were constantly asked to join in group family pictures. Dominic in particular seemed to be in demand, maybe they confused him with Justin Bieber!
I have to mention the 84 year old lady sharing a picture with me in Bagan. No, I have not grown 8 inches, she was just very petite. She was wonderful, constantly smiling in-between dragging a puff on her self-rolled morning cigar. We communicated through smiles and laughter (my Burmese is limited to “Mingalabar”, a word of greeting), and shared a bowl of home grown peanuts. And then I escorted her to the village doctor for her monthly check-up.
So yes, the sites will be a lasting memory, but it is the people that will make me smile.
We have considerably expanded our Burma pages, with even more destination information and hotel suggestions in each of the main centres.