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The Edge of Glory My travels to Myanmar (Burma); Angkor Wat; and Krabi

Ode to Myanmar

USA | Thursday, 21 June 2012 | Views [346]

Myanmar (Burma)-land of many pagodas and also the Golden Land.

In Bagan, I climb up (bare feet) to the terrace of Shwesandaw Pagoda (very steep steps and high) and the view of all 4000 pagodas was absolutely magnificent. Of course the rain came and I was stuck up there for about an hour or so. Haha-it was awesome. The view when the rain hit was just spectacular so I did not mind.You can also see the view of Ananda Temple from the terrace.

I forgot to mention that one of the temple is also a monkey santuary (Mt. Popa-2,000+ bare feet climbing and one must be very cautious climbing the steps to Mt. Popa because there is monkey poo and pee everywhere) However, they were so cute!!!

Also, the sunset on Mandalay Hill gorgeous!!! Before I forget, I believe I forgot to mention that I was able to raise a large box of supplies and $200 for the orphanage near Golden Rock. So thank you to everyone who helped out!!! I really appreciate it!!!

Yesterday (back in Yangon) I had "high-tea" at the Strand Hotel (the most expensive hotel in Yangon $500 USD a night) but the hotel was beautiful. I had h'orderves and a delicious cup of cappuccino!! Then I took a rickshaw to the Yangon river (what an experience-FUN!)

Then I headed back to Shwedagon Pagoda to get some daytime pictures of the pagoda. I also went to Botataung Pagoda where relics of the past 3 Buddha's are enshrined. King Midas would love it in there-solid gold!!! While visiting Botataung, I met a man and his son who is from California. I wore my NEU Huskies hoody and he is an alumni (Class of 86) That was delightful to hear!! I can't escape the Bostonians!!!

Myanmar has been a dream trip. I hope to be able to visit soon again. There is still so many places to see. However, I am off to Angkor Wat tomorrow.

Til then-see you soon Myanmar!!!

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