Older kids off to school as we leave in the morning
Villages, farming, life unchanged for hundreds of years. It’s beautiful
A large multi-family house, below, in the largest village. We chatted for a while, Soe translating. Everyone wants to know how old I am, before even asking where I’m from. Actually they prefer to just smile and stare. Myanmar people are the most open, smiling, trusting people I have met yet on this ride. They’re a little less shy than the Laos people, but otherwise just as welcoming.
Soe reinforced on day one that everyone is one family here. They refer to Aung San Suu Kyi as ‘mother’. Obviously with her in the spotlight right now, we talk a lot about politics. But that’s not blog stuff, except to say they have strong opinions about their country that may perhaps not align exactly with contemporary progressive western thought. The idea is, no traditional values, and (perhaps) no Buddha, no values. It’s completely unscrewed up.
Lousy pic, but there are huge wild bee colonies hanging from the cliff face and build into the Buddha sculptures. See the colonies on the neck and armpits of Buddha second from right. Bees are sacred here (hooray) and signify prosperity
Well damn. We come across a group of seven international riders who’ve chartered bikes through an English operated company out of Chiang Mai in Thailand. They have two huge support trucks, a tour leader, Myanmar officials. Gear in the trucks, nice. They’re pissed off. The road they’re just ridden, going the other way is in bad condition they hadn’t anticipated. The vibe is pretty negative and turn down their invitation for lunch and get going
Sorry I’m blasting through these late posts without many observations, just need to catch up.