A short ride to Pindaya
(We’ll try and do a short representative ride video every day. I’ve finally figured out where I want a higher front camera, but a mod is needed and planned. I’m trying to avoid a helmet cam.)
Bees are in my future (and were in my past) so it’s good to see this. Beginning of the season
We see a group harvesting rice and walk off to see. Past this bull
They bring bundles to a central spot. The men thrash them again wooden boards, the women first brush off the non-rice, then sweep the rice to the back of the group.
Off to a side a youngster in the shape, and behind him, scooters in the shade of a tree
They give me a veil and I help look for queens. We see 3 in 3, so all good. Below he gives me comb dripping with honey. Great
Happy bee landscape
The hotel in Pindaya is the best (authentic and comfy) in Myanmar yet, just fantastic. Old, run down, but perfect
Love this part, ride to the room
Where two beautiful girls are waiting to give air-conditioning instructions
Above the hotel on the hillside are the Pindaya caves, a major local attraction
The cave is 480 feet deep. The first Buddha sculptures and images date back to the late 18th century. There are now 8000 Buddha figures. For more Pindaya Caves Wiki
This is a quieter, less hallucingenic corridor. Much of the cave is packed to saturation with Buddhas
I just cropped 3/4 off the back end of this video due to upload struggles
Tomorrow to Mandalay.
Cultural note: Adding to my vocabulary are the phrases ‘nyi lay’ and ‘nyi ma lay’. They mean ‘little brother’ and ‘little sister’ and you use them when addressing someone younger than yourself. To address someone older you say the equivalent of uncle or aunt, but could be tricky so I don’t.