Little Nuns on Horses and Mingalaba Friends

January 24

Good buffet breakfast at hotel and we meet our guide Dee Dee in the lobby. Dee Dee is diminutive, twenty three, a guide for three months and married a month ago. Her passable English and lack of seasoning are forgiven because she is beautiful and has a smile that lights up the place […]

Red Balloons and Golden Buddhas

January 23

Today was much more of a normal tourist day, as compared to what we’ve been doing on this trip. And that’s not so bad, because, after all, we are tourists.

Picked up at 5:45 by Balloons Over Bagan and bused to the take-off site, where we are served coffee and biscuits. We are […]

Slow Boat(s) to Bagan

January 22

Picked up at 5:45 (having again been awaken at 5:10 by chanting, no alarm clock needed). At first, there is some difficulty/confusion trying to find the boat, but we locate it. We say goodbye to our excellent driver and guides, Zo Win and Aung Lin Htet. We give Zo Win a tip and […]

Tailed Through the Villages

January 21

(Note: If you read the January 20 post without photos, you may wish to look back at them. Because of lack of Internet connections, I’ve been unable to post for several days, so you may see three or four posts at once. Sorry about that.)

Chanting awakens us again, just after five (having […]

Golden Buddhas and Puppetry

January 20

Awaken early to chanting outside. Breakfast on top floor of hotel. Picked up at 8:30 and stop by Aung Lin Htet’s house for wifi connection to check emails.

Stop by place where gold is being hammered by hand in order to make thin sheets for gold leafing.

From here we drive to […]