Train to Mandalay
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We arrived at the train station early to catch the 6am train to Mandalay. And of course the train was late. It was great waiting on the platform though with all the locals looking at us in amazement. Most were sitting in that uncomfrtable Asian squatting position in their feet, drinking tea and no doubt talking about those 2 strange foreigners hanging about. We watched a young monk kicking a football about with some friends and waved at little kids around us. The train pulled up and after working out which carriage we were in, we found our seats and got comfy. The seats were great, really big and quite comfy, worn and dirty of course but we are used to this by now. The trip was very very hot and all the carriage windows were wide open the whole way, enabling us to hang out of them to watch the passing countryside, whcih reallt is beautiful. People watching here is brilliant, and every time we stopped at a station we hung out of the window and waved at the locals, bringing a lot of smiles and laughs. Of course we took a lot of brilliant photos but sadly we can't share these. This trip to Mandalay was brilliant and despite the heat and dust, a lot more comfy than the bus. We sat opposite a friendly couple who gave us Burmese sweets and seemed to really love that we were so happy and interested to see the Burmese countryside and people.
We arrived in Mandalay and walked to the hostel, which was full, but found a hotel just rond the corner which was cheap and OK. Mandalay itself is not that great in our opinion but the food is amazing. We found the best street food here, a chapati stand that cooks the most amazing chapatis served up with curried delights for mere pence. We did indeed eat here every night.