Thursday, August 9, 2018

Winding Down Discovering Northwest Myanmar

It's taken me ages to make these last few videos, nearing the end of the chronicle of my long journey through Chin, Sagain, Kachin and Mandalay. 

In Episode 17, the tour was over and I had a few days to kill in Mandalay. Whereas Mandalay is a nice enough town, it was brutally hot, and the cool air of Pyin Oo Lwin were but a spectacular motorcycle ride away. 

Pyin Oo Lwin (formerly known as May Myo) is a wonderful town. If I could choose to live anywhere in Myanmar full time (other than Yangon) it would be "POL". No place in the country is more amenable. And in POL, the most famous attraction is the Kandawgyi botanical gardens. 

The heavy rains resulted in an amazing event you only get here in the tropics. There are several species of insects that have a remarkable life cycle. They spend most of their lives as grubs, cocooning themselves late in the dry season. Come the rain, they all emerge on the same day, live one day as a flying insect, fuck, lay eggs and then die. I got to witness one of these events. 


I thought I was going to retire there. I was the senior staff member. I'd been there longer than anyone. It. Is. Not. Fair.  But on the ...