1. Travel

Burma (Day 9)

Today’s a traveling day: we’re driving back to Mandalay from Inle (which is probably another 5-6 hour trip), and then we’re taking the red eye bus back to Yangon.

All this time in the van is no good. Desmond’s a little sick 😦 the roads are bumpy, we’re pretty dehydrated, and our biological clocks are all sorts of messed up. Hopefully he gets better by the time we get back to Yangon.

Breakfast in the hotel. I think we've eaten fried rice almost every day.
Breakfast in the hotel. I think we’ve eaten fried rice almost every day.

There is one little attraction we stopped at on our way back to Mandalay: a pagoda/cave in the town of Kalaw. This was like a smaller version of the caves at Pindaya, so we didn’t stay here for too long.

At the outside of the caves
At the outside of the caves
We love the patterned pants.
We love the patterned pants.

Other than the pagoda at Kalaw, we made a stop for Burmese tea at a roadside cafe. Burmese tea is to die for, and we haven’t had nearly enough of it. It’s so good because the Burmese drink their tea with condensed milk (the way you should drink tea… cream and sugar does not cut it).

Note to self: buy Burmese tea leaves in Yangon and bring back to America.

All this tea just for us
All this tea just for us
This cow was walking next to the van so we all had to have a picture of it
This cow was walking next to the van so we all had to have a picture of it

Our next stop was for lunch. Surprise, surprise, Feel again. There are Feel restaurants everywhere we go, and we’ve definitely stopped at a Feel close to 10 times now. We’re all gonna thank Auntie Ee so much we get back to Yangon.

The security guard at the restaurant thought my dad was a huge hotshot, and walked him to the van with an umbrella. My dad has never been so amused.
The security guard at the restaurant thought my dad was a huge hotshot, and walked him to the van with an umbrella. My dad has never been so amused.

The rest of the afternoon was spent in the van. zzzzz.

We got back to Mandalay around 5 and headed over to Auntie Wa Wa’s house. She’s my favorite! She and her cooks made dinner for all of us before we had to leave to the bus station. Her specialty is Yunnan cuisine, which is great, because I think we’re all a liiitttle bit tired of Burmese food now.

Auntie Wa Wa's home cooked dinner. YUM EVERYTHING
Auntie Wa Wa’s home cooked dinner. YUM EVERYTHING

That’s all for today. On the red eye bus back to Yangon now – be back in the morning!

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