|The ignore the names on the map. By places I stayed, it went |
Mandalay-Pyin Oo Lwin-Hsipaw-Naungkyi-Taunggyi-Loikaw-
Back to the story of the trip. After a full week of riding the motorbike to a new city every day, I was happy to reach Mandalay and have a couple days in one place. I got to unpack a bit. Unload the backpack. Get some laundry done. Geographically, I was halfway through my trip, but time-wise, I was on my 9th day of 24.
|Just what I needed. A place to relax and enjoy the sights.|
|From under the U-Bein bridge|
The latter, Inwa, AKA Ava, on the other hand, was amazing. For 400 years, with several interruptions, this place was the seat of power of the Burmese Empire. No place other than Bagan is more historical than this now sleepy town on the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy River. There were a few places that I, self-guided on my motorbike, not relying on what the tour guides took all the rest of the foreigners to, could go and see and play my ukulele.
|I've been reading about how orthodox Theraveda Buddhism has been in a centuries long battle with very un-Buddhist |
beliefs like astrology. Here we find a pagoda with no Buddha images, entirely devoted to astrology.
|In background, a 500 year-old crumbling monument. In the foreground, the garbage dump of the local villagers.|