second day in hot bagan
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May 1st, 2008 – by: aysrandrup
after that was a little trip to the local market, to look for souvenirs, interact with the locals, and of course, take more pictures..
and try on the local dress. i only wanted to try the skirt, but the lady in the store decided to put the top on as well.
our guide offered to take us to the hotel for some lunch and rest. but we all knew we had limited time to look at a lot of temples, so we decided to set aside the hotel trip. i mean, really, who can think of the airconditioned comfort of the hotel, and the normalcy of hotel food when one sees these on the road?
we had a lot of road stops to take pictures. after that, it was information overload: on each temple's history, burmese history and of course, buddhism.
if it were up to us, we would have continued to go around, take hundreds (maybe thousands) of pictures. but mr. sun, with his gentle but firm manner, told us to have some lunch to prepare ourselves for the highlight (what highlight? everything we saw were highlights) of the trip. but first, was lunch with a view of the irrawady river. this is one of the cleanest rivers i've seen, considering that it runs from north to south of the whole country.
mr. sun was right. we needed to sit down, and contemplate on the amazing things we've just seen. we had after the meal, we proceeded to the "sunset pagoda", popular because of it's view of the whole of bagan. we didn't go inside the pagoda. we climbed it. there was no sunset to speak of, because the grey clouds started moving in. and there was a slight drizzle. taking one lst look at the pagoda, we headed off, finally, for the hotel...
...where we had a nice dinner, and a taste of the local beer. the perfect end to a perfect day (well, not too perfect. our feet got burned, after all)
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